For the past four years, Spanish broadcaster RTVE has selected their artists using a varied bunch of preselection processes. These included the Objetivo Eurovision fiasco in 2017 and Operación Triunfo‘s massive ratings win at home….albeit unsuccessful results in the contest. Now, for Eurovision 2020, Spain says goodbye to its preselections. ¡Hasta la vista!
The Spanish broadcaster has announced today that the Spanish act will be selected internally. It’s a change that Toñi Prieto hinted at recently, and one which many fans craved.
But that’s not all. RTVE has also announced that they will reveal the artist soon — and apparently it’s a well-known artist.
Tenemos noticias para ti -> RTVE elegirá al representante de España en el Festival por designación directa https://t.co/6QYuuAjEqv
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) September 18, 2019
Spain goes back to internal selection
From Objetivo Eurovisión to Operación Triunfo to internal selection, Spain proves once more that they will leave no method unturned in selecting their act. In the last decade, the Spanish Broadcaster has selected their act through seven different formats. These formats include: Eurovisión: el retorno (2009), Destino Eurovisión (2010), Mira Quien va an Eurovisión (2014), Objetivo Eurovisión (2016 and 2017) and Operación Triunfo (2018 and 2019). The three internal selections were Pastora Soler (2012), El Sueño de Morfeo (2013) and Edurne (2015).
Interestingly, the last time Spain didn’t finish in the bottom 5 was with Edurne back in Vienna at Eurovision 2015.
Little is known about who will succeed Miki Nuñez at Eurovision. However, RTVE have already signalled two things: it will be revealed soon, and it’s a well-known artist!
*May your guesses flow*
Spain’s last internal acts
Spain’s internal selections have had varied results: One top 10 performance, one bottom two and one 21st place in a field of 27 songs. However, for many fans, Pastora Soler (ESC 2012) still remains their top Spanish act ever.
As RTVE points out, the 2012 edition has been widely acknowledged as one of the best editions. Spain proved to be up to the challenge thanks to Pastora, who gave the country its first top 10 performance of the decade and its first since 2004.
However, neither El Sueño de Morfeo nor Edurne shared the same luck. Both internal acts failed to convince Europe. And since Edurne, Spain hasn’t done much convincing at all.
Rumour has it…
Recently, RTVE content director — Fernando López Puig — made clear that Operación Triunfo should not serve as RTVE selection process in an interview to Cadena Ser,
But, rumour has it — and speakers of said rumour want it to be true — that Rosalía has been asked. However, as Fernando explains, “well-known artists don’t want to risk it [in Eurovision].”
Could Rosalía be the known face RTVE is teasing?
The news comes just days after knowing recently acclaimed Cristina Ramos — Spain’s 2016 Got Talent winner, America’s Got Talent Champion‘s finalist and current Britain’s Got Talent contestant — said that she would like to do Eurovision.
Recent internal selections have produced mixed results for Spain. Is the Iberian Nation playing it right by going internal? And would an internally selected act finally bring Spain out of the bottom 5? Which selection process is more favourable to get a good result?
— Britain's Got Talent (@BGT) September 14, 2019