Spain isn’t exactly consistent with its Eurovision selection methods. In fact, the country is yet to keep a selection format for more than two consecutive years. So it’s not really a surprise that it appears that they’re planning another format change ahead of Eurovision 2020.
On Tuesday, Toñi Prieto revealed some new details about Spain’s participation in Rotterdam. TVE’s entertainment director said that RTVE will make significant changes in its selection process. She also said that they have been working on said changes for two months now. Previously, RTVE announced that Operación Triunfo will be held in 2019. But it wasn’t clear whether or not the show will decide the Spanish singer for ESC 2020, as it did for the past two years.
After RTVE announced the dates for OT 2019, it seemed unlikely that the talent show would be Spain’s national final in 2020. And with that fans resumed arguing about whether Spain should change the format once more. Spain will come to Rotterdam after landing outside of the top 20 for five consecutive years, so… why not change? Let’s take a look at how well switching things up has gone in recent years.
A trip down memory lane
The last time Spain had an internal selection to determine their representative was in 2015. Edurne’s “Amanecer” only landed in a disappointing 21st place.Little did they know, Edurne’s result would become their best in five years…
So the Spaniards decided to change the existing format after just one year and announced Objetivo Eurovisión. Barei won the inaugural edition with “Say Yay” by a landslide. However, in May the Euro-family said nay, and Spain finished 22nd. So Spain decided to change things up again.
Consequently, a new format for OE debuted in 2017, and after a fairly controversial final, Manel Navarro emerged victorious. He waved the Spanish flag in Kiev, and delivered a sunny performance (with one particular high note)…that put him in dead last. Ouch.
After the euro-drama simmered down, RTVE decided to let the public have their say. Amaia & Alfred won the first edition of Operación Triunfo as a national selection. As the fresh couple finished 23rd, the Spanish broadcaster tweaked the OT format.
This one included online voting, an evaluation committee and an expert panel. Miki won the contest, but despite faring quite well with the betting odds (and the fans!), Europe tore off Spain’s blindfold. “La Venda” sank Spain to another 22nd place.
Should Spain have an internal selection? If you support the NF idea, what revamps would you like to see Spain make? Tell us in the comment section!