RTVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has announced that its show Clásicos y Reverentes, which will select the Spanish representative for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, has received its highest number of viewers since it was announced as the Spanish selection for Eurovision Young Musicians.
Clásicos y Reverentes is broadcast on Sundays at 12.00 CET on TVE 2. The ratings for the current season have been as follows:
- Programme 1 (10/12/2017) 2,29%, 130.920 viewers (2,8% channel average)
- Programme 2 (17/12/2017) 2,07%, 110.070 viewers (2,7% channel average)
- Programme 3 (24/12/2017) 1,88%, 87.390 viewers (3,2% channel average)
- Programme 4 (31/12/2017) 2,2%, 114.900 viewers (4% channel average)
- Programme 5 (07/01/2018) 2,37%, 168.700 viewers (2,7% channel average)
- Programme 6 (14/01/2018) 2,3%, 150.900 viewers (2,7% channel average)
- Programme 7 (21/01/2018) 1,88%, 112.320 viewers (3,1% channel average)
- Programme 8 (28/01/2018) 1,44%, 92.660 viewers (2,9% channel average)
- Programme 9 (04/02/2018) 2,78%, 205.57 viewers (3,3% channel average)
Although the programme rating have not been over the channel average, the latest programme achieved the highest numbers of viewers since the show began last December.
The show is presented by Sheila Izquierdo and features a jury consisting of maestro Ramón Torrelledó, violinist Judith Mateo, artistic sub delegate of the RTVE Choir and Orchestra Albert Batalla and journalist Máximo Pradera.
The show consists of 13 programmes divided into three rounds. The first round lasts for ten programmes. In each programme, five competitors battle for one place in the next round. In the second round, the remaining ten participants will compete over two semi-finals to reach the final. The third and final round will be presented by Anne Igartiburu and will take place in April.
The Spanish participant in this years contest will not necessarily be the winner of Clásicos y Reverentes. This is due to a number of rules around the participants in Eurovision Young Musicians, if the winner does not meet these rules, TVE will opt to select a participant from the finalists of Clásicos y Reverentes.
Spain debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1988, they participated in every contest up to 2002 before withdrawing. Spain only once managed to qualify for the final when Antonio Serrano took second place at the 1992 contest in Brussels.
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be held in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall. This is the first time since 2008 that Scotland has hosted a Eurovision event, the last being the final of the Eurovision Dance Contest. The 2018 contest will see the return of the semi-finals which will be held on August 18 and 19, with the final taking place on August 23. 18 countries will take part in the contest.
What is Eurovision Young Musicians?
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.