“El Chiquiliquatre had an intellectual antipathy to Eurovision, he felt superior”

Blood relation pulled the start of its sixth season on the death of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. The show airs a special edition this Wednesday about the figure of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history.

Boris Izaguire will once again headline the debate live alongside a panel of experts at the British Royal Household, celebrating in style his return to a format that is, as he himself confirms, the third train he has boarded on time in his trajectory, after Martian Chronicles Y Celebrity Chef.

On the occasion of the return of the format, which was presented within the framework of the Vitoria-Gasteiz FesTVal, BLUPER and other media were able to talk to the Venezuelan presenter and showman, who showed his usual eloquence and did not hesitate to give his opinion on such hot topics as the participation of Spain in Eurovision, whose big mistake he considers the selection of Rodolfo Chiquiliquatre in 2008.”This created a problem for us that we couldn’t fix until Chanel came alonghe stated bluntly.

How are you doing with this sixth season of “Blood Ties”?

I am very happy, the season will be very exciting and at this moment we are like super students, “Lazos de Sangre” is at a level that is well recognized and very embraced by the network in this sixth season.

Do you feel driven to evolve and come up with something new every season?

Completely. This year we want the viewer to feel that they are watching a live program. I think in three seasons we haven’t made enough of an effort to convey what’s essential. I think it’s very important to have things happen, to have discussions, to have some non-violent antagonism. The program is frankly positive, it realizes that you share a country that has a great capacity to generate talent, stories and examples that are always fascinating. But all lives are difficult moments and this valve must also be opened, it is also important to include the opinion of the viewer himself, who is with us and who we feel is following us second by second, minute by minute and who also wants to give your opinion on what we think

Blood Ties collected good numbers in TVE summer. Does becoming one of the fall assets give you more security or is it an added pressure?

I think it’s in the second, but it’s good pressure. At this point in my life, it is true that I feel the pressure of data as a requirement that is right, that forces me to prepare more.

How are you doing with each program? Do you cook it before?

I watch the program with Oskar, the writer of the debate, and with Ana, the director. At first I carried a notebook, but now I go without anything. Then I start crying and everyone says “it’s great, I love it, it’s amazing”. I cry a lot, then I ask a series of questions, and then we set the script for the lines of debate that often arise on this viewing.

Are your tears the test of each episode?

Yes, I also think they are abusing it now and looking for everyone to have something that makes you cry. It made me cry a lot to see Gonzalo’s mother [Pilar Miró] dedicated his Goya to him (he breaks down in tears). I think it will be very exciting for everyone because Gonzalo gave a very deep and very long interview, which I think is amazing.

RTVE presented “Lazos de Sangre” at the Vitoria-Gasteiz FesTVal.


“Lazos de Sangre” came to you after a long career in television…

That’s right. Today marks the 25th anniversary of The Martian Chronicles. In my case, 24, because I arrived a year after its premiere, just like what happened with Lazos de Sangre. I don’t think about it every day, but now with you I realize that this was really my secret with “Lazos de Sangre”: it was a miracle that it occurred to me at a certain point in my life, but my internship was also included in the program.

How do you rate “Lazos de Sangre” in this trajectory?

People always say that there is a train that only passes once in a lifetime. I’ve had three happen. One is The Martian Chronicles, MasterChef is the second one that came along when I thought there would be no more. The third train is “Lazos”, it was amazing that they called me. Suddenly Televisión Española calls you on the phone, it was very shocking because TVE has this weight. I looked in the mirror and saw that I was more or less well dressed to go to this meeting and I went. When I showed up, Tony Prieto and Isabel Cacho were there. They said to me “we thought we’d like you to present the debate”. It was very exciting and I immediately said “I’m delighted, of course I’ll do it” without putting together any financial stuff or anything like that.

In the presentation you said that Chikilicuatre was a big mistake for Spain in Eurovision.

I always think that and I think it needs to be said. I know that this may create some animosity in me, especially with Buenafuente and with El Terat, for whom I also now collaborate in “La Resistencia”, but if I could say it in “La Resistencia”, I would say it too. I think Chiquiliquatre was the typical intellectual antipathy to such an important television product as Eurovision. Eurovision is a very important and very serious job that unites a whole continent, even better than the Common Market and the currency, because it unites us culturally and is completely worthy of respect. Chikilicuatre was a bit like “I feel better than all this and I’ll have a little joke with you”. We paid dearly for this mockery, because for a long time the festival said “well, if you don’t think we’re important, we won’t do anything to make you important either”.

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