Snap the clapperboard, start the camera rolling and grab your popcorn: Eurovision is hitting the big screen!

Last year the spotlight was on France, this year Spain is taking centre stage.

Eurovision broadcaster TVE has  partnered with cinema group Cinesa to show the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on May 12 at 44 cinemas across Spain.

Cinesa has cinemas in major Spanish cities including Valencia, Madrid, Malaga and Barcelona. The grand final will air in at least one screen of each of it’s 44 cinemas. The deal gives Cinesa exclusive rights to air the grand final in cinemas. Earlier this year Cinesa aired the final of Operacion Triunfo, but had to share rights with rival cinema chain Yelmo Cines.

France Télévisions partnered with CGR Cinemas in 2017 to air that year’s grand final in 41 cinemas. Whether that partnership will continue this year has yet to be announced.

TVE TRANSMISSION CHANGES

TVE has also announced a series of changes for it’s transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The main change is the addition of Tony Aguilar as commentator. The seasoned radio DJ acted as a guest judge on #OT2017 and will join returning commentator Julia Varela. This year’s contest will be Varela’s fourth as commentator.

Spokesperson Nieves Álvarez continues in her role for a second year and will present the points from the Spanish jury on the night of the grand final in Lisbon. Spain sent a different spokesperson each year from 2013-2016, making this the first year since 2012 that the Spanish spokesperson has returned.

TVE has also shared behind the scenes footage of Amaia and Alfred’s postcard shoot. The duo filmed the clip in The Azores, one of two autonomous regions of Portugal.

The clip shows the duo enjoying breakfast, the landscape and visiting a hot geyser. The first stop on the duo’s international promo tour will be the London Eurovision Party on April 5.

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Hulio
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Hulio

Winning is not everything. Spain showed it for 48 straight years. We keep coming to the greatest music party the world has seen, getting good or bad results. We haven’t missed one single year. Others hide their heads down the sand for some years if they don’t win. We get passionate if we feel we are properly represented. Every country should feel the same and this contest would be more exciting. This cinema thing is a great idea. Spain will probably feel the level of excitement of Rosa 2002 (Europe’s living a celebration) this time again. By midnight Europe will… Read more »

Fuego
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12 points from spain…”Mercy” La France

Kit Kat
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Kit Kat

I think it’s a good thing to meet other ESCfans!! I’m sure the ambience will be crazy and funny!

I’m not from Spain and it’s not my favorite, I think it’s too much “teen love), but I love passionated people supporting their team! Only one will win, let’s try to keep being nice with all of them!!

Madrileño
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Madrileño

AMAIA Y ALFRED OS QUEREMOS NOS ENCANTAIS LA CANCION ES PRECIOSA
VOY A LISBOA PARA VEROS.
VIVA EL AMOR
VIVA ESPAÑA
VIVA EUROPA

Music is art+vibs
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Music is art+vibs

I love cheeeeese! Manchego, Gouda, Edam, pamesan, rocafort… I love them all!

Jeremsback
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Jeremsback

France did it last year !

Jeremsback
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Jeremsback

Oh sorry, it was on the article ….

Rasmus
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Rasmus

sorry about the comment about some fans and politics. Of course not every fan is like that. I were carried away.

Madrileño
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Madrileño

Thanks Man

Donald Duck
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Donald Duck

I HAVE A DREAM
THAT IN EUROP LIKE LAST YEAR PORTUGAL , THE LOVE WINS,
SPAIN 12 POINTS, DONT GIVE CHANCE TO THE HATE ANYMORE

tired
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tired

I wish that haters like you would never happen, but here you are…

Music is art+vibs
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Music is art+vibs

It’s not the right place to talk about polítics, but most countries have taken the contest wrongly as a national pride issue. Spanish are very passionate about it in all in general (see what the government and legal system are doing against Catalan political representatives , for example). But again, not the right place. Going back to the post típic, the idea about the projection is great. It could awaken the lost interest in ESC by must Spaniards. Let’s remember that Spain has a huuuuuuuge Latinamerican market behind and mostly receive Spanish entries commercially and in the odds with open… Read more »

Fu
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Fu

It’s sad how the comment sections in all blogs and youtube videos about eurovision have become places to spread hate, fight against each others and wish other countries to fail and be bottom…nobody comments on the songs anymore, nobody seems to enjoy this. too much about building bridges, diversity, all abroad… EBU could save themselves these slogans , as the fun for eurofans comes from hate and jelaousy. So sad

Jose Abraham
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Jose Abraham

MAN YOU SAID IT WITH THE WRIGT WORDS I AM A EUROFAN FOR 45 YEARS AND THIS YEAR I DONT KNOW ANYMORE IF WE ARE BUILDING BRIDGES OR DESTROY THEM.
WE SHOULD ALL THINK ABOUT THIS AND CHANGE HATE FOR LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR EACHOTHER.

Joe
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Joe

I like Greece, Macedonia, AND Spain this year. Don’t put someone down for liking and supporting a song you don’t like. Look, I really don’t like the Belarusian song. I don’t, however, wish ill will toward the singer or his fans, and acknowledge that they obviously hear something I don’t in it. Likewise, with the three songs I mentioned before, I know they aren’t for everyone. But saying “oh god here come the Spanish fans” or “screw the Greek fans” is mean and unproductive.

Sincerely,

Joe “Rejkjavik 2019” NG

Patrick
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Patrick

I think it’s quite evident that there are many trolls from various countries writing here and pretending that they are from specific countries.

Joe
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Joe

I agree, in the case of both countries’ fans. Why get all worked up over one entry? It’s a friendly competition, it’s not like they’re seeing who’s going to rule the world or anything. It’s which song is going to get more points than which song. Leave petty national grudges out of it.

Joe
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Joe

If only it could be like 1969 so we could get four winners.

Joe
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Joe

I can imagine. You guys have a golden opportunity to let your culture shine and here are some people taking a massive dump on it. I, for one, welcome you wholeheartedly if you send stuff as good as Guy, Dami, and Jessica (Isaiah wasn’t quite to my taste but he wasn’t bad either).

Madrileño
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Madrileño

VIVA AUSTRALIA

Joe
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Joe

I’m an American. Tbh I included that part as a joke. Sadly, I don’t care much for his song, but I still like it fine (and he has a terrific voice). There aren’t a ton of weaker entries this year I don’t find some redeeming value in.

Fuego
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And Tabarnia?

Fuego
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All you ned is love EUROPE

PP
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PP

To watch another flop for Spain in Eurovision. Many times Spain is huge favorite for win and they flop (2002,2003) or expect good placement in TOP 5,10 they have flop in 2009,2015,2016.
My prediction for Spain, from 16 to 21 place in final thanks to many votes from Portugal ( 18 to 22 points).

justicefornoee
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justicefornoee

They will be so disappointed :/

Music is art+vibs
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Music is art+vibs

As usual. Don’t think they have great expectations about Europe voting for Spain, no matter what they send. They are glad with their entry no matter the result.

KESC
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KESC

Netta on the big screen.

Jo
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Jo

No.

Ed
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Ed

What does no mean here? Netta is competing at Eurovision, Eurovision will be displayed on said big screen therefore Netta will be on the big screen. This is a simple fact.

Hada
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Hada

This is a great idea, it would be cool if cinemas across Europe did this as well. I watched a World Cup match in cinemas once and it was a great experience.