The public broadcaster of Spain (RTVE) has released a statement this morning: Luna Ki has decided not to participate in the Benidorm Fest, the contest that RTVE will hold on 26th, 27th and 29th January to choose the representative of Spain in the next Eurovision Song Contest.
The reason that has been transferred to the organization is that of not being able to use ‘autotune’, a vocal modification software technology whose use has been rejected in the Eurovision Song Contest. The artist assures that the song has been composed with that tool and is an essential part of its interpretation.
According to a statement from Luna Ki’s team, the artist is not having a good time after making this decision, so they ask for respect and kindness. Luna Ki feels guilty in front of the public, the other contestans and RTVE, for which the artist will give a more detailed explanation soon.
The artist has thanked the head of the delegation, Eva Mora, and the communication director of RTVE, Maria Eizaguirre, for all the support and sensitivity they have had at this moment. Luna Ki has also received the affection from the rest of contestants, who have shown their love on social media.
RTVE will extend the information about Luna Ki’s decision and what will happen in the contest tomorrow, 24th Januray, at a press conference that will take place in Benidorm at 16:30 CET.
Translation of the Luna Ki team statement:
From Euroxx, we send all our love to Luna Ki in this difficult time. And, you, what do you think of Luna Ki’s withdrawal? Do you think that RTVE should let Luna Ki perform out of competition at least? Is it necessary that Eurovision have a debate on the use of autotune as an instrument? We would like to know your opinion in the comments below.