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2/Jun at 11:47




Daniel Diges, Spain 2010 - © RTVE

Daniel happy with the result

Daniel Diges: "I wished to sing twice and I did it"

Daniel Diges, this year's Spanish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, had an online chat yesterday with his fans on The singer, "happy" with the result he achieved in Oslo, talked about his Eurovision experience, the interruption of his performance by Jimmy Jump and his wide musical experience, among other topics.

"I was frightened. I thought it could be more serious than it actually was, but nothing happened. So, I am happy", says Daniel Diges while he recalls the moment Jimmy Jump disturbed the Spanish act, and goes on saying that "I wished to sing twice and I did it".

Once his first performance finished, Daniel felt "enraged", but "everyone apologised to us". There was one thing the Spanish representative disliked: "I was asked for my accreditation during the rehearsals and then, this happened. That surprised me. In fact, I nearly missed a rehearsal because I wasn't carrying my accreditation with me".

Daniel feels very thankful to his wide musical experience, enabling him to cope with such situations:  "Thank God for being in theatre for so long. Many things have happened to me, and this has been a test that has enabled me to show the best of me and my experience".

The singer also felt the warm support of his fans, family and people in his hometown Alcalá de Henares: "I got 170 sms in my mobile phone and over 200 missed calls. I did not want to pay much attention to the Internet, it either poisons you or makes you feel full of possibilities".

Daniel Diges represented Spain in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Algo pequeñito, placing 15th in the final. 

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Manuel (Germany) [34658]
Fri 4 Jun 2010 23:58:05

Some jury votes: http://eurovisiontim(...)jury-votes-revealed/
WHo voted for Turkey, Russia, Germany (more to follow): http://eurovisiontim(...)o-voted-for-germany/

Laila ♥ Peter Nalitch ♪ ♫ [58775]
Fri 4 Jun 2010 22:53:44

I think Spain shouldn't whine about it and withdraw - they should keep trying. Instead I think YOU should just stop watching ESC altogether if your Eurovision-spirit is this low.

Laila ♥ Peter Nalitch ♪ ♫ [58775]
Fri 4 Jun 2010 22:49:21

I hate that attention-seeking loser Jimmy guy ruining his first performance. Such a good song and performance and then I am certain he lost points for that amateurish look it got caused by Jimmy and partly NRK even though they're not to blame.

At least he got the best Spanish result in some time... but not good enough - he deserved better.

Ki.var . [54365]
Fri 4 Jun 2010 19:06:12

Since 2006 I say once and a thousand times... Spain must withdraw... as Monaco, Austria, Czech Republic, Andorra, Hungary... We are from a part of Europe destinated just to pay the fees for the contest. We have not any chance of winning.

For who will say Germany (Big4) won... I think it has been managed by EBU to make other Big4 think we can win too... but I think it's all managed. Unfair Song Contest was born in middle 2000s.

Tuaisceart Eireann [61867]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:41:44

Ramón ranked 10th, he's been the last one to make it to the top 10. it looks aaaaaages to me.
Haven't there been better entries from Spain since? Don't know but I just have the feeling (I'm ready for all those reading this to call me a victim) Europe has not been fair with Spain no matter what we bring to ESC.
I feel the same regarding Portugal, France and some others.
I don't know what to think any more

Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:27:01

Tuaisceart Eireann
No, I'm not sarcastic at all! :D I just compare it with other ESC entries and that's it... :D
"Brujerija" was worse for me than Las Ketchup, but not nightmare like many songs...204 was nice - Ramon, and 2003 was the best, should have won if Beth sang better live! And 2007 was AMAZING, i voted! :D I don't like at all 2008, 2009 and 2010! I hope for smth AMAZING next year! :D ;)

togravus ceterum [32383]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:25:16


My sister in law (to Marko: the one who had Sibel in 1st place :) ) had Las Ketchup in 1st place on her list that year. Tastes differ, and a good thing it is!

Tuaisceart Eireann [61867]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:20:01

Marko, Togravus

Really don't know whether you're being sarcastic !! :)
i hate that entry with a passion, i think it's been the most shameful Spanish entry ever. But there's no account for taste, I suposse! (i'm saying i hated it but gotta admit i loved Son de Sol's Brujería!!)

togravus ceterum [32383]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:11:39

Wow, Marko, one of the rare moments of agreement. I also think that Las Ketchup should have been higher. In such a bad year they should have been near the top 10 imo.

Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 23:06:48

Tuaisceart Eireann
OK, I think I can understand you! :(
In 2006 I think Las Ketchup should participate with smth like their song "Asereje" and not with "Un Bloodymary"! "Asereje" was such a big hit here and in all other Eastern European countries! For me even "Un Bloodymary" deserved better place...but....

Tuaisceart Eireann [61867]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:59:25

I'm too pessimistic, that's true.
Regarding the songs' quality from different countries, well that doesn't depend of me. If in the same year there are songs which are at the same level than Spain's, it's then a pity that it is always us who end up last.
I will always think that if instead of Spain, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan or many others had taken D'Nash or Soraya they would have ended quite high. I'm not talking about the neverending issue of diaspora, geographical, politcal voting which really feeds me up. I'm talking about unfairness be it in a way or another one.

Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:49:58

Tuaisceart Eireann
You are very pessimistc ans too critical for Spanish entries, you should try to judge better entries from other countries in the same period and you will maybe realize that many, many of them are at the same level of those Spanish entries or even worse, both from Eastern and Western countries!
And you overrated Jade Ewen, she is OK, but please "My time' is nothing to write home about! Come on.... :D

Tuaisceart Eireann [61867]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:40:11

paul cl

Sure I agree that list of popular singers/groups should be far too long, cause as you say it's not very likely the first ones will say yes (you stated the example of Monica Naranjo, for instance. Well I hope she'll say NO, cause I don't think that kind of diva is trendy anymore at ESC, dont take me wrong, I love her, but i doubt she'll succeed in Europe). The list, then, should be long enough. The online voting has proved to be deffinetely bad. I'm affraid that, according to what RTVE said next year will be exactly the same, but introducing an "expert filter" to filter, if you will forgive the repetition, quality songs. To sum up, next year we will get más de lo mismo.
I'm glad a Western country (not to say a Big 4) has won ESC, as this gives us hopes, since we have seen it's actually possible, something we did not think before. But let's be honest, it's possible for the UK, France and Germany as they (mainly the former two) will be willing to improve their results of this year and will send brilliant entries to ESC 2011, as the UK did with Jade Ewen after the failure of Andy Abraham. I'm really shaking in my boot because of what they'll be sending, im sure it'll be class.
But...Spain? no way. TVE will never give us that pleasure. DD's ranking position was perfect for them...neither too low nor dangerous at all to win. They won't try to overcome this. The less they can get, the better. Let's open our eyes, Spain will never win ESC as long as RTVE runs it. I wish Telecinco did it (regardlees how much I hate its programmes). I just don't know why RTVE won't withdraw. Can't get to understand why the hell they can't get as embarrassed as we did with the entries we send to ESC and with our actual role there (not referring to the magnificient DAniel Diges, of course, which just turned out to be better than what they expected).
Gracias por tus comentarios, adeu!!

Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:39:14

It seems that ppl who work in RTS think like you and since RTS is our broadcaster (it will always be) probably we will send songs in Serbian! :D They really don't wanna win again! Ehhhh.... :D :D

Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:34:10

although this deserved bottom 2 but some eastern european juries voted for the circus..always attracts them !)
I can't believe somebody write this! :S

paul cl
Last German entry sang in German was in 2007 - Helsinki! Roger Cicero!

paul cl [61139]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 22:05:42

couldn't Dora come out of retirement with a Lena type song? I so loved Dora and her Doc Martens (86)!
@Tuiascairt E
well great idea in theory (popular Spanish singers etc) but do you think Monica N, Estopa, Marta S etc would just melt under pressure and sing in ESC? don't think so!, but you are right that the main problem lies in the pre-contest voting concept via internet, that you get such crap as "Popstarqueen" as voters' favourite etc then end up with a top 10 of "frikis", Operación triunfo rejects, and plain bad singing from ESC wanabees, luckily we got DD this year, otherwise it could have a WHOLE lot worse!, a ver lo que pasa el año que viene, ...but I'm not expecting miracles! adéu! adios!

Shevek Urras [60988]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 21:48:54

Paul, ;).

Tuaisceart Eireann,

Diges was a true professional indeed. The Portuguese loved his song so much that he was able to beat the Romanian and Moldovan diasporas. :)

Tuaisceart Eireann [61867]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 21:42:01

I'd be for an internal selection for Spain next year. TVE should make a list of popular singers/groups in Spain in order of preference and get asking the to go to ESC till one of'em says YES! Then the song should be chosen by us all.

On the other hand, as for the language, well, I'm so much in favor of Spain singing in SPANISH!! i'm proud of my language, period. Plus, I do not really think it's a matter of languages. I loved (as most people who made it win) Molitva, and did not understand a single word. That's just as a way of illustration that comes to my mind right now.

Finally, you're all claiming for something different from Spain (as if this year's entry wouldn't have been so, so make up your mind once and for all!!!). Well, some names i can come up with at the moment are La Casa Azul (got to admit i didn't like them in 2008, but now i reckon they'd have ended up so well) I'd also have liked a group like Elefantes to go, too late now though.

And, well, can't leave without saying we're all sooooooo proud of Daniel Diges. He's been the best performer from Spain in year (regardless of whethe one likes his song or not) He was such a professional when the issue about the retard happend. We can't ask more from him, he was just perfect and you should all pardon his vocals at that moment, as he wasn't that goog because of THAT thing. In the rehearsals he showed he's great.
Te queremos, Dani!

paul cl [61139]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 21:39:01

of course you know I agree with you, as a child of 67, but I was playing "devil's advocate" as a good journalis should!, I'm just trying to visualise an "ironic entry from Portugal showing the less glamorous side of ESC"?! hope so!!
Portugal, meu hermao!

Shevek Urras [60988]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 21:29:55


I am not willing to adapt to songs written in bad English and sung with ludicrous accents. If people want to go for English songs, then countries should hire English speaking artists - the more (money), the merrier! Azerbaijan tried that this year. Safura was the only Azeri element and she performed like a robot, poor girl.

As for your suggestion ( :D), the Portuguese language is perfectly able to create rhymes of its own and I think it's time for us to send an ironic entry depicting the less glamorous side of ESC. People would not understand a thing and even if they did, we would stay in the semis or in the last 10 places of the final anyway. If English takes over ESC, then I think that RTP should pull out of the this new show that will have nothing to do with the ESC that I know and love.

paul cl [61139]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:54:21

sorry my question is: if the winning songs in the last 2 years or more, really believed they could win, whatever, in their native language, why did they decide to sing in English?...just by chance? how would you feel if next year's Portuguese entry sang " I'm up the apples and pears,on my dog and bone, to my trouble and strife" (lovely Cockney rhyming slang etc!), but did as well as Lena's "cockney"?!

Mario Mir [44111]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:50:35

I'm totally against the idea of singing in English. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 our entries were sung partly (more or less) in English, and this fact didn't help at all. This year was only in Spanish and we achieved a better position.
The problem is not the language. The problem is the (sadly) widespread concept among Spanish fans about what an entry for ESC must be: an old-fashioned diva act or stupid teenager bands. Daniel won last NF because was the only option (not considering horrible John Cobra) out of this concept, and in my opinion has worked well, but of course, it's not an entry for a victory.
We need to change our minds and back different concepts for ESC, more risky maybe, but not stick anymore in divas á la Coral. However, I'm afraid that we're not rich in modern bands/artists like Lena or Manga here.

paul cl [61139]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:44:53

I agree with your comments re: going down that road, but not about performance/song in English, just look at the top 5 this year..and why do 90% of countries choose English as their song for ESC , not only their semi-finals, but finals too (apart from Spain and Portugal of course!), ESC is going that way and maybe some countries have to adapt too..

Shevek Urras [60988]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:34:48

had she (and him) sung...

Shevek Urras [60988]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:33:45

Spain 10 is a great song backed by a very good stage presentation, imo. Unfortunately, his vocals were not as perfect as they were in the Spanish NF (both times he performed). Nevertheless, it is one of the best songs from 2010.

As for Spain singing in English, I sincerely hope that they will not go down that road, because their final placing will not improve. One knows the main reason why some countries are almost always underrated and that reason is not going to go away anytime soon. Germany was able to win on account of the song and Lena's performance and I believe that she (and Rybak) would still have won, had she (and him) sang in her (his) native language. Let's just hope that some other country will be able to follow in Lena's footsteps.

Mina X [59957]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 19:56:33

recent Spanish "tertulia" (debate), is that Spain should consider singing in English..comments please

Well, I belong to those who don't really care about languages..meaning, if someone wants to sing in English, why not? However, I think that the Spanish language is one of the most beautiful languages (together with French) and very pleasant to the ear so I doubt that it's responsible for Spain's results.
Btw, if I were Spanish, I would be pleased this year..last year you were only voted by 4 countries (one of which was Andorra) and this year by 15..not bad at all and we still don't know the jury/televoting results.

paul cl [61139]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 19:55:54

I agree with you sweetie, I would love to go back to old language rule, and Spain continues in Spanish but let's be honest, would Lena have done so well singing in Deutsch?, don't think so, and when was the last German entry sung in German? 2001? so you see why there is this debate..big 4, no success etc etc..

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