On the night of Saturday, February 20, Televisión Española held a new installment of ‘Destination Eurovision’, after years of dispensing with this format as part of the Eurovision preselection. On this occasion, the gala was held in order to give the audience the opportunity to choose between the two candidate songs to be performed by Blas Cantó at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in May in the city of Rotterdam: « Memory « and » I’m going to stay. » Although the musical event concluded with the victory of the second, to the joy of many Eurofans, the truth is that the gala left much to be desired and generated multiple complaints on social networks, as a result of its multiple failures, both technical and content level.
Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela announce the victory of « I’m going to stay » in ‘Destination Eurovision’
Even before its live broadcast, the Spanish Television format already aroused contrary opinions on social networks for the design of its logo, and even the stage was subject to criticism despite its resources and its large size, something that ended becoming a sad preview of what happened on Saturday night. Beyond the question that the vote was carried out to choose between only two songs, the beginning of the gala, with Blas Cantó interpreting both, was already the object of criticism among Eurovision fans. « Sing the two songs in the first fifteen minutes of the gala. And now that? Do we eat an hour and a half of filling?« protested a spectator, an opinion quite shared and to which bets were added that the gala was going to be very long due to the evident lack of emotion.
Far from maintaining a more or less linear, compact content, the gala presented a rundown in which performances were alternated with a brilliant Cantó and his multiple guests, sometimes performing some songs little related to the central theme of Eurovision, with moments in which that either the singer was the center of attention, or the European competition was. A medley that didn’t exactly help make the date more enjoyable for a large part of the audience. « There are no eggs to mix ‘Eurovision Objective’, the New Year’s Eve Gala, ‘Cachitos de Hierro y Cromo’ and ‘Chester’? RTVE: Sujétame el cubata », commented a follower of the program, before the mixture of approaches and content of the format.
Sing the two songs in the first 15 minutes of the gala and now what? Eat 1 hour and a half of filling?
Uff, how long the #DestinoEurovision is going to be.
– M ???? (@ casasola_89) February 20, 2021
Why are there no eggs to mix Target Eurovision, the New Year’s Eve Gala, Cachitos and Chester?
RTVE: Sujétame el cubata # DestinoEurovision
– Adry (@adryyTV) February 20, 2021
Then we say that RTVE does not have a gala rhythm. The two songs have already aired and there is … More than 1 hour of program ???????? #DestinyEurovision
– Seijo (@seijochan) February 20, 2021
The Destination Eurovision 2016 and 2017 were terrible but at least there was some excitement, even if it was because of the tremendous fights on Twitter. This is just being boring. #DestinoEurovision
– jorge (@jorge__rb) February 20, 2021
Me: I’m not understanding this gala much
* Yolanda Ramos appears crying over a video call *
Me: I’m not understanding anything about this gala # DestinoEurovisión
– Daniel Valero – Tigrillo ?????????? (@TigrilloTW) February 20, 2021
The sound, failing once more
Another of the big mistakes that many of the spectators criticized were, once again, the continuous sound failures, even more so in the case of a program dedicated to music. Even Cantó himself was a victim of setbacks in this regard, since he had to make gestures to the technicians to hear better during some of his performances. In this way, despite the fact that there were many who praised Blas’s work, talent and effort, for a considerable part of the audience, the sum of the ingredients collected by ‘Eurovision Destination’ around the singer and the rest of the night’s guest artists, left much to be desired.
In fact, some Eurovision fans recalled that, that same night, other preselections were being held in countries such as Finland, Sweden, Portugal or Norway, appointments that further clouded the sloppiness that could be reflected in many aspects of the Spanish gala, regarding to the deployment that were carried out in other selection processes. « As long as TVE continues not taking Eurovision seriously, there is nothing to do, » bet one viewer, who even he compared the musical appointment to « a party night gala », something that was repeated among many of the followers, unhappy with a not very new format, contrary to what the public entity advanced. « That a chain that continues to live in 1996 is in charge of any musical space is a shame and a sound-visual attack, » said another viewer, and then bet that « any regional television can do something superior and better. »
The sound ones on RTVE: #DestinoEurovision pic.twitter.com/9GNzHXIgYA
– ???????????????? (@Skirlow) February 20, 2021
Eurofans: sound bugs fixed, realization bugs fixed
TVE: #DestinoEurovision pic.twitter.com/TonVHH8ZNi
– Isma ??????????? (@Ismavillo) February 20, 2021
The sound technician of Spanish Television at the Eurovision Gala #DestinoEurovision pic.twitter.com/t1YerwNNUq
– DANIEL GIL GARCIA (@ danygil89) February 20, 2021
The best thing about this disaster is a Blas Cantó delivered and who defends both issues well. Now, as long as TVE continues without taking Eurovision seriously, there is nothing to do. This is a Party Night gala in which, by the way, we choose a song for Eurovision. #DestinoEurovision
– Rubén Miguélez ?????????? (@rub_ms) February 20, 2021
That a chain that continues to live in 1996 is in charge of any musical space is a shame and a sound-visual attack.
TVE has reached the point where even any regional television can do something superior and better. #DestinoEurovision
– rockopop_ (@rockopop_) February 20, 2021
My TL waiting for them to say which song wins to end this torture # DestinoEurovisión pic.twitter.com/l0rEhJOEEO
– Adriyuyu ?????????? (@Adriyuyu) February 20, 2021
Doña Antonia Prieto organizing the #DestinoEurovision gala with the same problems as every year: sound, lighting, graphics and dubious staging.pic.twitter.com/nQGirOo43g
– Gonzz Monster (@GonzzMonster) February 20, 2021
It’s a shame because Blas has a very good voice but he looks a bit like an end-of-term party. I don’t know why every year I think we are going to take it seriously. #DestinoEurovision
– GER (@gersanc_) February 20, 2021
I can’t leave without saying that the gala had an amateur halo on all sides. An entity like RTVE (with its budget and number of workers) cannot afford this extremely low quality. Gentlemen, there were 2 songs (TWO) and they made the wrong labels. #DestinEurovision
– Lazaro ???? (@Eurolazaro) February 21, 2021
Watching the election program of other countries and then that of Spain #DestinoEurovision pic.twitter.com/ULJgJUyKuN
– Chachi piruli (@ Teleadicto69) February 20, 2021