Director of RTVE Originals Ana Maria Bordas has confirmed that the broadcaster is looking at broadcasting both Eurovision Semi-Finals on La 1.
The Spanish public broadcaster is looking at bringing the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals to its main channel for the first time. RTVE has up until now broadcast the Semi-Finals on its second channel La 2 in line with the other members of the Big Five.
Should the contest’s Semi-Finals be moved to La 1 it is expected to give viewer interest in the contest a significant boost in Spain. The channels that the Eurovision Semi-Finals are currently broadcast on in the other Big Five nations are:
- France – France 4 (Audience share of 1.2%, compared to 14.1% for France 2)
- Germany – ONE (Audience share of 0.7%, compared to 11.3% for Das Erste)
- Italy – Rai 4 (Audience share of 1.35%, compared to 16.28% for Rai 1)
- Spain – La 2 (Audience share of 2.8%, compared to 9.4% for La 1)
- United Kingdom – BBC Four
RTVE is currently in the midst of reworking its approach to the Eurovision Song Contest and has announced a brand new selection show Benidorm Fest.
A total of 12 artists will compete in Benidorm Fest, with three shows to be broadcast over the course of a week. Two semi-finals of six artists each will be held to select the six artists competing in the Final. The winner will be determined by jury voting and a public vote.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: Eurovision Spain
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.