It’s confirmed! RTVE has revamped Spain‘s selection method for Eurovision and will host a three-day long festival in the tourist hot spot of Benidorm at the beginning of 2022. Three galas, lots of music and heavy Spanish extravaganza. None of us is ready.
The news has been spreading over the past few days, and now both RTVE and the regional government of Valencia have confirmed the event.
Benidorm 2022: Three shows
On Thursday, the broadcaster confirmed that the event will last for three nights in early 2022. The idea is to have three consecutive nights: two semi-finals and one final.
However, they did not confirm further details on how many artists will compete. It’s unknown as well if there will be any invited artists.
President of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, explained that the idea came from the regional government, and he said the most exciting words: “We are coming to win”. “Let’s forget the melancholy and the bad results. We are now coming to win”.
The name of the event is not known yet, but the idea is to establish a format that lasts more than one year. A group will be set with experts from both RTVE and outside to start selecting the entries.
RTVE’s online platform will have a role as well: it will air the selection of the songs in autumn.
The presentation event was a taste of what’s to come. Eurovision 2014 star Ruth Lorenzo performed a medley of Spanish entries, including her own “Dancing in the Rain” and “Waterloo”.
Ruth — who’s responsible for Spain’s last top 10 result at Eurovision — did not want to comment whether she’ll be present or not in Benidorm. Is it time for a comeback?
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Benidorm and Eurovision? An untried formula
Coral Segovia — a Spanish fan favourite in the last decade — was one of the last winners of the festival in 2005. She would later go on to finish second twice in Spain’s national selection, in 2008 and 2010. Barei entered in 2001, as part of a duo, but she didn’t win.
Spain has used small-scale national finals to select its act in recent years, including Mira quién va a Eurovisión, the drama-filled Objetivo Eurovisión and the talent show Operación Triunfo. RTVE internally selected Blas Cantó for 2020 and 2021.
Are you excited about Spain’s new national selection? What do you expect from RTVE? Will 2022 see the birth of Spain’s golden age at Eurovision? Let us know in the comment section below!