Back in July, it was announced that Spain would be running a revamped national final to select their entry for Eurovision 2022. Following the announcement of the festival aimed to be a ‘launching pad’ for Spanish music, some exciting acts declared their interest ahead of the submission process opening. Now, RTVE have officially opened the submissions window, and revealed new format details for the festival.
Applications are now open to lyricists, composers and performers of Spanish nationality or with permanent residency in Spain looking to participate in the revival of the Benidorm Song Festival. Interested parties are invited to apply via the RTVE website. The window will be open for one month, until October 29.
According to Eurovision.tv, a total of twelve acts will compete – six artists will compete in each of the semi-finals, with three progressing from each to the Grand Final.
The winner, who will receive the ticket to Eurovision, will be chosen by a 50/50 split of professional jury (60% national, 40% international) and the general public.
While exact dates have not been revealed, the final is expected to take place in January. More details of the shortlisting process can be found on Eurovision Spain.
The revival of the Benidorm Song Festival
In July, RTVE announced that a modernised successor of the Benidorm Song Festival will select their entry for Eurovision 2022. To be organised in collaboration with RTVE, the Generalitat Valenciana and the 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 Canção, the selection will consist of three galas (two semifinals and one final), which RTVE will broadcast live through La 1 and RTVE Play.
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.José Manuel Pérez Tornero, President of RTVE
The President of RVTE 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.”
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