Benidorm Fest it is! Spain’s RTVE has finally revealed further details about its new national selection. In short: It will include 12 songs; there will be three shows (two semi-finals and a final); and the submission window closes on October 29.
Head of Delegation Eva Mora broke the news today in a TV show. Mora, who was appointed HoD last month, was asked if Spain would win next year. “It is a long run, and we’re going to do a good job,” she said. “It took Italy 10 years of good work to win.”
There will be four phases and two ways of selecting entries. Interested artists will be able to enter their songs via the web at rtve.es. On top of this there will be some well known singers and songwriters invited to participate. Benidorm Fest is scheduled for late January, and there will be three shows.
Six acts will perform in each semi-final and three will qualify to the final. One of the six finalists will go on to represent Spain at Eurovision 2022.
Anyone over the age of 16 on May 1st 2022 can apply, but only Spanish authors and singers are allowed. They need to either have a Spanish nationality or live permanently in Spain. If it’s a group, at least 50% of the artists must meet that criteria.
Composers are only allowed to submit one song as main authors and another two as collaborators, while singers can only perform on one entry. All songs must include lyrics in either Spanish or one of Spain’s other official languages (Basque, Catalan and Galician). It can have up to 35% of its lyrics in another language.
Benidorm Fest: Four phases
Benidorm Fest will consist of four different phases. During the first phase, submissions are open for one month: from today until October 29. Artists will either submit their songs or be invited to participate. RTVE will also be able to match an invited singer with a submitted song.
Phase 2 is the song selection. During the autumn, a jury made of music professionals and RTVE staff will pick up to 12 participants and six back-up acts. A minimum of two entries will be chosen from among those submitted via the web process.
RTVE will observe gender equality, and will try to combine big names with “little discoveries”, as well as a variety of musical genres. Phases three and four will be the semi-finals and final of Benidorm Fest.
Benidorm Fest: Mixed voting system
RTVE will introduce a new voting system. While last year it was the audience who picked Blas Cantó’s “Voy a quedarme”, in 2022 Spain will combine three different voting segments.
One half of the vote corresponds to a professional jury. 60% of their members will be Spanish and 40% will come from abroad. The remainder is the public vote: 25% televote and 25% a demoscopic sample of the Spanish population.
This system is similar to that of Sanremo, and it intends to make the final result “as representative as possible of the Spanish population’s taste”.
The race to represent Spain at Eurovision 2022 is on. Who would you like to see in Benidorm? Do you think Benidorm Fest will be a success? What do you make of the rules? Let us know in the comment section below!