RTVE has signed an agreement with cinema chain Cinesa, to broadcast the final of Eurovision 2018 live across Spain.
The Spanish national broadcaster has signed an agreement with Cinesa, which will enable this years Eurovision Song Contest final to be broadcast live in to cinemas across the country. According to the reports the final will be shown in at least one screen at all of the chain’s 44 cinemas across Spain.
This is not the first time that Cinesa and RTVE have partnered to enable the public to watch their programming in cinemas. The final of OT 2017 was broadcast live in to cinemas in Pamplona, A Coruña, San Sebastian de los Reyes, Barcelona and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Amaia and Alfred were selected to represent Spain through the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo. Amaia went on to win the show outright the following week. She will be the first winner of Operación Triunfo to represent Spain since Rosa López, who represented Spain in 2002.
As a member of the Big Five, Spain are directly qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The country joins France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the host nation of Portugal as directly qualifying for the final. Spain will be voting in the first semi-final of this year’s contest in Lisbon.
Last year in France, the national broadcaster signed an agreement with CGR Cinemas which saw the contest broadcast live in 41 cities across the country.
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.