RTVE has confirmed this evening that it will be airing Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light for Spanish audiences on May 16.
The Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has confirmed that it will be broadcasting Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light live on La 1 on May 16. The Spanish broadcaster is the latest to confirm that it will be broadcasting the replacement to the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest.
To date the following channels will be broadcasting the show:
- Finland – Yle TV2
- France – France 2
- Germany – Das Erste
- Netherlands – NPO
- Spain – La 1
Blas Cantó was due to represent Spain at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest and will feature during the broadcast. RTVE has already confirmed that the singer will represent Spain at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light will be broadcast live across Europe on May 16 hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The show will pay tribute to the forty one acts who had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020 and feature past Eurovision participants. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
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 ten occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.