As the bidding process for the host city of Eurovision 2022 continues, Rai are not the only broadcaster to be preparing for next year’s contest. In a classic announcement-within-an-announcement, the Spanish broadcaster have revealed that they will be making an announcement regarding Eurovision 2022 next week.
RTVE, Spain’s broadcaster for Eurovision, is already preparing its participation for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, due to be hosted in Italy. The broadcaster announced that they will be making a special announcement regarding their participation next Thursday (July 22) in Benidorm in a meeting with journalists and other media.
José Manuel Pérez Tornero, the President of RTVE, recently joined the EBU’s Executive Board. He reiterated that he and the team are taking their forthcoming participation “very seriously”.
We are the only Spanish public television that belongs to the EBU, we are interested in the event and in contact with youth in their European contextJosé Manuel Pérez Tornero, President of RTVE
Spain at Eurovision 2021
Blas Cantó selected “Voy A Quedarme” to be his 2021 entry to represent Spain at Eurovision back in February. This followed a song selection process where he chose between two songs performed on Destino Eurovision on RTVE. The choice was between “Memoria” and “Voy A Quedarme”, with the Spanish public ultimately choosing the latter. He was originally due to sing “Universo” at the Eurovision 2020 Song Contest before it was cancelled. He was later invited back by RTVE to perform at the 2021 contest.
As Spain are part of the “Big 5” that contribute the most to the EBU, Blas Cantó automatically performed in the Grand Final in Rotterdam. He ultimately finished in 24th, ahead of only the United Kingdom and Germany, with 6 points. Notably, Spain was one of four participating countries (along with the UK, Germany and the Netherlands) to receive zero points from the televote.
In our Voting Quirks feature following this year’s contest, we uncovered that “Voy a quedarme” finished in the bottom three of televoting almost across the board, recording an average placing of 22.9.
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