Spain’s RTVE spent almost 705,000 euros on Eurovision 2021, making this edition one of the cheapest for Spain this decade. The broadcaster hasn’t spent so little since Edurne’s run in 2015, when there was no national selection.
The budget-conscious will be pleased to read that Blas Cantó‘s Eurovision entry cost less than all recent entries besides Edurne in 2015 and ESDM in 2013.
In fact, counting both the contest and the national selection, Spain spent less in 2021 than it did on Miki’s Eurovision entry, without counting the selection. It still cost less even if you add in 2020, when a mere 64,000 euros was spent on preparations.
Eurovision 2021: RTVE spent less than it initially planned
Fact-checking site Maldita.es revealed the total amounts of Spain’s participation: 475,248.38 euros on the contest itself, and 229,588.44 on the national selection. That was the show that helped pick “Voy a quedarme” over “Memoria” in a two-hour gala with a zillion guests, if you remember.
Initially, RTVE had programmed a budget of 617,403.27 euros for Eurovision 2021 (the contest itself), which means it saved almost 25% of its planned spend. With Blas coming 24th in the final, one does wonder whether it would have been better to pump a little more cash in it.
Indeed, Maldita reveals some parts of the budget were even left untouched. That’s the case of “wardrobe”, which had been allocated 3,000 euros. Blas jumped on stage wearing just a loose black shirt and a pair of black trousers, so it’s not really surprising.
The Moon was not rising (the budget)
On paper, RTVE had planned to spend 63,300 euros on the artistic dimension of its entry, but it used just 37,000. That moon rose, the budget did not.
However, the data published by RTVE doesn’t detail how much the prop costed. The whole budget for staging was 19,148 euros. It may not seem much, but it made Blas feel like he was in the clouds.
“I feel as if I were in heaven with her […] I promised her the moon, and here is her moon”, Blas explained during an interview with William in Rotterdam.
If you are curious, Bluper published some weeks ago that you could buy a very similar moon on Aliexpress for over 100 euros. Think about it, you’d nail it at a Eurovision costume party dressing up as Blas for not so much!
What do you think about Spain’s budget? Should RTVE have spent a bit more? Did you think the Moon cost more? Was it money well spent? Let us know in the comment section below!