It’s the broadcaster behind Spain’s efforts at Eurovision since 1961.
And this year Spain’s RTVE has decided to use an extensive schedule of programming to revisit the Iberian nation’s history at the contest.
As well as making the last five contests available, RTVE also has a documentary on Eurovision 1968 winner Massiel and a special show where Blas Cantó will review all of Spain’s Eurovision entires since the very the beginning.
The majority of programming will air online, but RTVE will broadcast Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light on the main TV channel.
For two weeks now, RTVE has been showing Eurovision contests from 2004 daily. This week, fans will be able to revisit the 2015-2019 editions daily at 17.30 CET.
On Monday night, they premiered ‘Mi vida en el archivo’ (My life in the archive), which honours Spain’s first Eurovision winner Massiel, and her career through clips from the broadcaster’s archive.
Españavision: Blas Cantó reviews his predecessors
If things had played out differently, Blas Cantó should have been performing in the Semi-Final 2 jury show on Wednesday night.
His plans have changed since and now he has a different Eurovision evening in store. He’ll be the host of a 150 minutes long show where he’ll review all of Spain’s entries from the very beginning.
“Españavisión” will feature all of the country’s 59 entries. From Conchita Bautista’s debut in 1961 with her to Blas’s “Universo”. From Azúcar Moreno’s “Bandido” and the sound malfunction, to Ruth Lorenzo’s “Dancing in the rain” or Pastora Soler’s “Quédate conmigo”, Blas will walk us through Spain in all its Eurovision glory.
During the week, RTVE will also reveal Spain’s best Eurovision entry in history, according to a fan vote. For weeks, Spanish fans have been voting for their favourite songs decade by decade.
The voting is currently open for the 10s decade, with Yo soy aquél (1966), Eres tú (1973), La fiesta terminó (1985), Vuelve conmigo (1995) and Europe’s living a celebration (2002) already qualified for the superfinal.
On Saturday, right before Europe Shine a Light, Blas will be the protagonist of another streamed show. RTVE’s website will air a chat show to warm up for the Eurovision replacement program.
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