The rumours were true! Spain’s RTVE has today released the official details of the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2017 and they are going for a bigger format but keeping the name: Objetivo Eurovisión.
The broadcaster has opened the submission period and will accept entries until November 27. This is the first step towards a national final which will take place in February.
This year’s selection is a bit more complicated, so let’s dig into it.
Producers welcome entries from anyone who holds Spanish nationality or has legal residency in Spain.
This restriction only applies to the artists, apparently, as there’s no reference to the composers or producers. Also, any artist entering Spain’s selection is forbidden from participating in another country’s Eurovision selection. No two-timing!
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Once this period is finished, on November 27, the broadcaster will select the 30 best songs, and will open online voting. That vote will pick 10 artists. Afterwards, a professional jury will narrow the semi-finalists to three finalists.
The three finalists of this open selection will fight for a place in the national final. This will be through an online show in January, in which the readers of RTVE.es inside Spain will vote for their favourite.
As of now, we don’t know anything about how many artists will compete in the actual Objetivo Eurovisión show. The selection rules only mention that the winner of the online procedure will join the “young artists pre-selected internally” in the final.
The names of the “invited” artists will be announced at the end of the online show. This is in order to make sure that the artists “compete with the same possibilities”.
Objetivo Eurovisión: Spain’s long awaited selection method
Fortunately, the opening of the Spanish process for Eurovision 2017 comes way earlier than in recent years, and with a much more complete format.
After accusations of improvisation in the most recent processes (2014, 2016), the broadcaster has opted for a much longer and wider selection method. Do you know what this means? We’ll have Eurodrama for months! And you know how much we love that.
This must be music to the ears of the panoply of artists willing to represent Spain at this year’s Eurovision. So far we’ve heard from Mirela, Lorena Gómez, Ruth Lorenzo, María Villalón, Verónica Romero, Azúcar Moreno and Las Bistecs amongst others.
Are you happy that Spain is going big this year? What do you expect from this new method? Who do you want to enter? Share your feelings below!