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.