Spanish Eurovision entrant Pastora Soler has expressed her opinion of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following Spain’s recent 23rd place at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, former participant Pastora Soler has stated that “there’s a lot of pressure in this contest”. In an interview with El Periódico, the singer further went on to clarify that singers may not want to participate due to the drama that comes before and after the contest:
So much controversy does not bring any benefit to our future participation. To continue like this, nobody will want to participate. There is a lot of pressure in the contest.
When asked about the pressure from the media, she revealed:
I felt this in my year, everything was analyzed and criticized. As the Eurofan I am, I found the participation of Amaia and Alfred with “Tu Canción” a very dignified one. The song is very beautiful and they have been very well. We should be proud of our performance.
Pastora Soler represented Spain at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. With her song “Quedate Conmigo”, she placed 10th in the Grand Final with 97 points. Spain was most recently represented by the duo Alfred and Amaia, who sang “Tu Canción”, placing 23rd in the Grand Final.
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.