RTVE the Spanish national broadcaster has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
RTVE has today confirmed that they will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal. No details as to how Spain will select their artist have been announced by the broadcaster. The announcement from RTVE leaves the United Kingdom and Italy as the remaining Big Five nations yet to publicly confirm that they will be competing in next years Eurovision Song Contest.
It had been speculated earlier this year that following the return of Operación Triunfo to RTVE this year, that it could be used to select the Spanish singer for 2018. At the end of May, the broadcaster confirmed that it was something that they were looking at. During the three years in which it was used to help select the Spanish singer, all three artists finished within the top ten at Eurovision.
Manel Navarro performed “Do It For Your Lover” in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The song score nul points from the juries across Europe and received just 5 points from the public vote. It is the worst result Spain has had in the contest since 1999 when Lydia finished last with 1 point.
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Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on nine occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.