José María Íñigo has been replaced in the Eurovision commentary booth for Spain after seven contests.
Seven time Spanish commentator José María Íñigo will not be travelling to Lisbon this May to commentate on this years contest. He was replaced from his role as commentator following comments about “Tu canción”, this years Spanish entry. In an interview with RAC1 he was critical of the song and its revamped entry.
Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela will be in the commentary booth together in Lisbon. Julia has commentated at the contest for the three years alongside José María Íñigo. While Tony Aguilar will be making his Eurovision Song Contest debut. Tony was a regular guest judge on Operación Triunfo. He’s a presenter and radio DJ having been on air for more than 25 years on the air, he has also conducted shows such as ‘Fan club’ or ‘Del 40 al 1’.
RTVE has also revealed that Nieves Álvarez will be returning as the Spanish spokesperson for a second year. Nieves is known in Spain for being the presenter of the La 1 show “Flash Moda”.
Amaia and Alfred were selected to represent Spain through the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo. Amaia went on to win the show outright the following week. She will be the first winner of Operación Triunfo to represent Spain since Rosa López, who represented Spain in 2002.
As a member of the Big Five, Spain are directly qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The country joins France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the host nation of Portugal as directly qualifying for the final. Spain will be voting in the first semi-final of this year’s contest in Lisbon.
Source: El Televisero
Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on nine occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.