RTVE has extended the application deadline for Benidom Fest until November 10. That’s almost two weeks after the previous date (October 29).
In a press release, the Spanish broadcaster explains that this decision comes from their Eurovision work group. Head of Delegation Eva Mora said: “We want to extend the deadline so that artists and composers can send the best possible entries.”
?RTVE extiende el plazo de presentación de canciones para Eurovisión 2022 hasta el 10 de noviembre.
— Eurovisión RTVE (@eurovision_tve) October 27, 2021
Uh, oh. Does this mean the ones received so far aren’t quite doing it for RTVE? According to Eva Mora, that’s not exactly the case. In fact, judging from the statement, it appears that the decision was taken after the broadcaster felt like the invited artist needed more time, and thus, they also extended the submission window so that the process was fair.
In the official statement, the Head of Delegation says she’s excited about the entries already submitted and those of the invited artists.
“We are receiving lots of proposals from relevant artists, thus we feel the need to extend the deadline so that they can send entries with the best possible quality,” she explains.
The goal is to receive the “highest number of proposals for Benidorm Fest so that we can get a great result in Turin.”
Benidorm Fest 2022
Benidorm Fest will consist of four different phases. During the first phase, submissions are open until November 10. 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.
¿Quieres participar en @Eurovision 2022?
Aún estás a tiempo. Faltan 8? días para enviar tu canción y ser nuestro candidato en Turín.
— Eurovisión RTVE (@eurovision_tve) October 21, 2021