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馃嚜馃嚫 RTVE announce new Spanish national final for Eurovision 2022

"We want it to be a real and participatory contest, open to all kinds of music. Especially young music."

Last week, RTVE, Spain’s broadcaster for Eurovision, revealed they are already preparing 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 today (July 22) in Benidorm in a meeting with journalists and other media.

Earlier speculation had suggested that Festival de la Canci贸n de Benidorm would return to select the Spanish entry for Eurovision 2022, however, RTVE have announced today that the new format will be a modernised successor. The show will indeed be held in Benidorm, where the press conference took place today, in collaboration with RTVE, the聽Generalitat Valenciana聽and the聽Benidorm City Council.It is intended that the show will run ‘annually’ to celebrate Spanish music.

Although exact dates have not been announced, the selection will take place in February according to Eurovision.tv. In terms of format, like Portugal’s Festival da Can莽茫o, the selection will consist of three galas (two semifinals and one final),聽which RTVE will broadcast live through La 1 and RTVE Play.聽Details of the submissions process will be announced ‘shortly’.

Jos茅 Manuel P茅rez Tornero, the President of RTVE, recently joined the EBU’s Executive Board. Previously he reiterated that he and the team are taking their forthcoming participation “very seriously”.

Benidorm is a great launching pad for a message: Spanish music to Europe through Eurovision. We want it to be a real and participatory contest, open to all kinds of music. Especially young music.

Jos茅 Manuel P茅rez Tornero, President of RTVE

In addition, he reiterated the broadcaster’s commitment to the contest by describing the selection as a “launching pad to win in Italy. The efforts will be to launch the best candidacy.” 

Spain at Eurovision 2021

Blas Cant贸 selected 鈥淰oy A Quedarme鈥 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 鈥淢emoria鈥 and 鈥淰oy A Quedarme鈥, with the Spanish public ultimately choosing the latter. He was originally due to sing 鈥淯niverso鈥 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 鈥淏ig 5鈥 that contribute the most to the EBU, Blas Cant贸 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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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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