Spain: RTVE in motion for Eurovision 2022 preparations

Spain: RTVE in motion for Eurovision 2022 preparations
Friday, 16 July 2021

  • The Spanish national broadcaster, RTVE,  is already preparing its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 and will be shortly making announcements on the matter. 

    RTVE has revealed that will make an announcement related to the  66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next Thursday, July 22, in  Benidorm , in a meeting with journalists and specialized media.

    The president of the broadcaster,  José Manuel Pérez Tornero , has already announced a few days ago that RTVE was going to take Eurovision "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 context," said Tornero.

    While RTVE has scheduled their annnouncement on July 22, 2021, the location however where it's set to take place has brought up several assumptions about the local music competition 'Festival Internacional de la Canción de Benidorm' and whether it will return as the country's national selection format. The specific even took place between 1956 and 2006 and is based on the Sanremo Festival format.  


    Spain in Eurovision

    Spain participated for the first time in 1961 with Conchita Bautista and has achieved twice to win, in 1968 (Massiel) and in 1969 (Salome). Madrid hosted the contest in 1969 where there was a four country tie in the first place on the final scoreboard.

    Despite not having missed a single contest since 1961 , Spain doesn’t have remarkable results to show the latest years. Exception was Anabel Conde’s 2nd place in  Eurovision 1995 held in Dublin. Spain has came in history 2nd four times ( 1971, 1973, 1979, 1995) while it has finished last 5 times (1962, 1965, 1983, 1999, 2017) from which the first three receiving null points.

    Miki represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “La venda”. The singer  in 22nd place with a total of 54 points. In 2020  Blas Cantó was chosen internally to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, with the song “Universo”: Unfortunately the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and Blas never had the chance to perform in Rotterdam.

    However, TVE, invited the Spanish act back for Eurovision 2021 where he performed his entry "Voy e Quedarme" at Rotterdam Ahoy in the Grand final, finishing 24th with 6 points. 


    News Source: RTVE/ Eurovoix