Edurne, Blanca Paloma and Angelina Mango would return to Eurovision but “with another mentality”

Edurne, Blanca Paloma and Angelina Mango would return to Eurovision but “with another mentality”
Edurne, Blanca Paloma and Angelina Mango would return to Eurovision but “with another mentality”

Edurne, Blanca Paloma and Angelina Mango would participate in Eurovision again now, with the experience already behind them, they would do it in “another way” and with “another mentality.” This has been confirmed by the Spanish representatives in 2015 and 2023 and their Italian counterpart in 2024, who participated this afternoon in the table “Female voices in European competitions”, moderated by the journalist and commentator Julia Varela, within the space She sounds, organized by The Music Station Principle Pío and Warner Music Spain to make visible and support women in the music industry.

“I would come back another way, but yes. I will always carry Eurovision in my little heart,” says Edurne. “In a while, maybe I would repeat it but with a different mentality. It is not so much what you are going to do but how you are going to do it,” adds Angelina Mango. “Yes, I would return, it is an opportunity to send a message with a song and a set. I didn’t believe in contests, but people are very attracted to them. Now, I would love for us all to come to the conclusion that the contest is the least important thing, the important thing is to see brave people exposed to the world telling their sensitivities,” says Blanca Paloma.

The three artists have recounted their experiences at Benidorm Fest, Sanremo and Eurovision. “Musically, Eurovision is the biggest festival there can be,” considers Edurne, for whom the European festival “was a challenge, I love music and sharing different styles and cultures through it, I wanted to be there and represent my country. “I wanted to be part of the history of Spain in Eurovision.” Now, “when you live it from the inside, there is a lot of work, pressure and you feel very observed. But you have to face it with enthusiasm, desire and enjoy the experience, live it to the fullest.”

Blanca Paloma, a new self-confessed Eurofan, knew about Eurovision through her sister. “Eurovision has been something that has come to me and I accepted as a gift from which I have learned a lot. I studied Fine Arts and came from working behind the scenes, and exposing myself was a brave decision. When you have so much expectation, you make yourself vulnerable, but empowering yourself from there makes you doubly strong,” she explains.

According to Angelina Mango, Sanremo is not so much considered a competition in Italy, but rather “a mirror of what happens in Italian music.” “When I won, I was very surprised, and that’s when they asked me about participating in Eurovision. I have faced it with the look of a child who wants to learn, and I am very happy and proud to have represented, not only my country, but my generation as an artist.”

Regarding her performance on the big Eurovision stage, the Italian confesses that it seemed like living in two different bodies. “When I watched my performance I wondered if it was me on that stage, if she was the same girl who was at home two years ago and wrote her songs. Eurovision has been an opportunity for my music to travel, and I am very happy with what it is giving me.”

For Edurne, “it goes by very quickly, but I remember it as a magical and special moment,” while Blanca Paloma felt “like a piece of a gear, of a team, surrounding yourself with a team that makes you feel good to reach that point.” safe scenario and being able to enjoy it is essential.”

INTENSE PREPARATION FOR EUROVISION

Preparation to represent a country in Eurovision is arduous and intense. “In my case, RTVE announced me in January. I consider myself a very perfectionist person, and since then I started looking at proposals for scenography, staging, songs… Everything was focused on Eurovision, every morning I got up and thought about the festival. It was an intense and hard process, with a lot of work and effort, but very rewarding,” explains Edurne.

“For me, as Polo told me, it has been like a playground. We love our work and the team I was talking about vibrated with the same energy, so much so that words were unnecessary. Moving around on stage was a challenge and I even rented the largest rehearsal room, comparable to the Eurovision stage,” says Blanca Paloma.

In the case of Angelina Mango, “preparation began the day after Sanremo. I had the support of a great team of women who did a very special job for me. I’m very happy. I always tried to maintain the same instinct that moves me in music. I am a person who moves a lot on stage. I trained a lot, I even went running in the mornings, a habit that I have now incorporated.”

And after preparing for Eurovision, it’s time for the performance. “You know it’s the most important moment. The organization of the festival is one of the craziest things I have ever seen. You go through the different phases: miking, hallways, stage… And there are the nerves, the artist’s nerves. I only thought about enjoying myself but I wanted everything to go well,” Edurne recalls. Blanca Paloma, for her part, conceives the Eurovision performance as an “act of dedication.” “Before that big moment, I wanted to be alone, silent, concentrate your energy and then give it away. Look up and down, touch the stage and think about my grandmother Carmen. That put me in the emotional place where I wanted to be, to come out with a lot of strength and power,” she explains.

THE INFLUENCE OF THE FINAL POSITION

And how the final position in a competition like Eurovision influences the artists. “I had never thought about the position, I am not competitive, I have never been competitive with friends, neither in Sanremo nor in Eurovision. During the 14 days I spent in Malmö I thought about enjoying what I was experiencing. And finishing in seventh position is recognition, not so much for me, but for my team,” says Mango.

“I didn’t have a good position. Eurovision is a competition, but the artists who go there do not experience it as such. We are going to enjoy and share our music, live the experience, and if later you win or do well, the better,” adds Edurne. “There was a lot of talent but also a lot of humanity. Being able to share and live with the rest of the artists for half a month is the most important thing, those little moments that we passed in the hallways. It should be called European musical coexistence,” says Blanca Paloma.

EUROVISION WITH A GENDER PERSPECTIVE

Is Eurovision a feminist stage? Are gender differences perceived at the festival? The three artists answer emphatically: no. “In Eurovision I didn’t notice the gender differences as much as there are in the music industry, where more is demanded of women, just for aesthetics,” says Edurne. “Eurovision is a stage and a festival where we are not looked at or judged so much, it gives us complete freedom to go as we want and not so much is demanded of you as a woman,” she points out.

For Blanca Paloma, in Eurovision “there has been an evolution, the order of the day has been renewed and mutated, and that is what is going to keep the festival alive and fresh. It is important that there are messages but not so many gender and style labels.” Angelina Mango says she felt “free to be herself” at Eurovision. “The beauty of this experience has been knowing the differences of other artists and trying to absorb them to grow and improve. As a woman, I consider myself lucky, I have always chosen the right people by my side and they have not seen me with a different look. Among all the judgments, the one that matters most to me is mine. I want to show myself with all my imperfections, which are not such but added values,” she points out.

Along these lines, Blanca Paloma says: “it is important to show ourselves as natural with all our imperfections. The Eurovision stage puts you in a place where we seem like gods and in the end we are just hard-working, simple and perfectionist people.” And Edurne says: “I am a perfectionist but I am not perfect. We are artists, but also people, and we are no more than anyone. And this must be lived naturally.”

AND AFTER EUROVISION

After the festival, “I came back and continued working as always,” says Edurne, who before traveling to Vienna in 2015 had already forged a consolidated musical career. The case of Blanca Paloma in 2022 and 2023 was different. “My step forward was with the Benidorm Fest. And after two editions and Eurovision, it leaves you with an emotional hangover and you have to place who you are in the music. Afterwards, there have been many questions that I have had to answer. For me it has been a very big springboard, but my value is having taken it calmly.”

Finally, Angelina Mango reveals that, for her, it has been a big change in the workplace. “Today I am in Spain and I am Italian,” she says. And on a personal level, “it has been a catharsis because Eurovision has made me understand that I can live and manage such great experiences.”

 
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