RTVE in collaboration with Generalitat Valenciana, have today announced that the iconic seaside resort Benidorm will host a brand new festival early next year that will select Spain’s next Eurovision representative.
Will a change in approach turn around the fortunes of the struggling Iberian nation in the contest? Spain hasn’t placed higher than 20th since Ruth Lorenzo cracked the top 10 back in 2014.
The new festival will consist of 3 live shows – two semi finals and a final. It will be broadcast in early 2022, with the aim of promoting a new generation of talent in Spain, combining established acts with newcomers. It is hoped that the new festival will become an annual event once established.
Festival de Benidorm: A Brief History
Established in 1959 with clear inspiration taken from the prestigious Festival di Sanremo in Italy, Festival De Benidorm took place almost every summer in the seaside resort between 1959 and 2006.
In later years the festival declined in popularity, leading to its eventual cancellation in 2006. It never had a connection to the Eurovision Song Contest, with the winner of each edition instead receiving a Golden Mermaid trophy.
It is yet to be announced whether an updated version of the festival will be used again in 2022 or if the selection will have an entirely new identity. More information is set to be revealed in the coming weeks.
RTVE – A New Direction?
Following yet another disappointing result this year, many Spanish fans called for internal changes within the delegation, and this was quickly acted on. Following the appointment of RTVE’s new executive president José Manuel Pérez Tornero, he vowed that the broadcaster would take Eurovision more seriously, soon after taking on the role.
Former Head of delegation Ana María Bordás was appointed to a new role – Entertainment Director, it was revealed at today’s launch that RTVE will soon appoint a brand new Head of Delegation for Eurovision.
Speaking at today’s press conference unveiling the new format, José Manuel Pérez Tornero stated: “We come here to win, we are going to win” strong words indeed.
Spain in Eurovision 2021
Following a turbulent recent history in Eurovision, RTVE changed their approach in 2020/2021 – opting to internally select a well known star Blas Cantó.
Blas performed ‘Voy A Quedarme’ in Rotterdam but ultimately finished in 24th place in the Grand Final, and was unfortunately one of the four artists to receive 0 points in the televote.
We really hope that this new era of Eurovision in Spain brings a much needed change in fortunes, surely the only way is up… right?
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