Spanish media is reporting that an agreement has been signed between RTVE and the Valencian Community to resurrect the Benidorm Festival.
According to Spanish media reports, the new Festival de Benidorm would take place during the last week of February, and it would last 3 nights. The venue is believed to be the recently remodeled Benidorm Palace, an auditorium with a capacity of 1600 people.
Concerning the realization of the event, RTVE and the government of the Valencian Community are reported to be discussing a contract between 3 and 5 years of duration. The aim of this is to ensure this festival is the Spanish national final for Eurovision.
The Festival de la Canción de Benidorm was a summer festival that took place almost every summer between 1959 and 2006. If the speculation in the media is true, the winner of the Festival de Benidorm 2022 will represent Spain in Italy next May.
This year, Blas Cantó represented Spain at Rotterdam with the song “Voy a Quedarme”. He finished in 24th place with 6 points.
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 ten occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.