The Spanish public broadcaster, RTVE has announced a new national selection in a press conference at Benidorm this morning. Benidorm’s mayor Toni Pérez, the Generalitat’s president Ximo Puig and RTVE president José Manuel Pérez Tornero attended the event.
Benidorm, one of the most popular coastal cities in Spain, will host the national selection, with its name yet to be determined, for Eurovision 2022. It has been confirmed that there will be an open call, consequently meaning that artists will be able to submit their entries.
The selection will consist of three shows, on consecutive days (two semifinals and a Grand Final). The competing entries will be revealed in November 2021, while the competition itself will take place during the first months of 2022, with the most probable option being January. The winner will be decided through a 50/50 jury and televoting system, although the use of an international jury has not been ruled out.
In addition, it has been announced that a new Head of Delegation will be chosen for the next Eurovision Song Contest.
Blas Cantó represented Spain in Rotterdam with the song “Voy a Quedarme”. He ended up on 24th place, after getting 6 points from the Bulgarian and British juries.
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.
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