The contest you want
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

The changes to RTVE’s approach to Eurovision have been on everybody’s minds in recent months, and the Spanish broadcaster’s enthusiasm just keeps on giving. Now, RTVE has organised a seminar on the future of the contest with some prominent figures related to ESC. The event is called “The contest you want” and it’s going to be live-streamed for all of you to enjoy.

On Friday, the station will host an event open to the press. It will include Head of Delegation Eva Mora; Head of Entertainment, Ana María Bordás; and Head of Communication, María Eizaguirre. Instituto RTVE, the broadcaster’s School for Communicators, is organising the event.

Several international figures will also attend. They are: the Head of Communication of Eurovision, Dave Goodman; Portugal’s Head of Delegation, Carla Bugalho; Italy’s former Head of Delegation, Nicola Caligliore; Spain’s Eurovision commentator, Tony Aguilar; and the director of Eurovision contents at RTVE, Fernando Macías.

The event will include a 90-minute debate on the future of Eurovision. RTVE Play and YouTube will broadcast it live, so you won’t miss a thing.

Eurovision: “The contest you want”

The session is set to address four blocks. These include elements that are part of a successful act and strategy (artist, song, staging, promotion) and what it entails to win Eurovision and host the contest.

Also, the participants will debate the contest’s origins and its values, plus the challenges of Eurovision for the future and expansion to other continents. Yes, you read that right.

Are there plans for future expansions of the contest? Is Eurovision travelling to other continents? Did you expect any of that? We’re certainly surprised!

Spain’s new direction at Eurovision

The news follows a recent reorganisation at RTVE, with the broadcaster intent on moving in a new direction. Eva Mora was appointed Head of Delegation two months ago, and she certainly seems to have shaken things up at Spain’s broadcaster.

In fact, Benidorm Fest, the new Spanish national selection format, was announced in July. There’s also a Eurovision working group coordinated by Amalia Martínez de Velasco, the General Content Director, and Ana María Bordás, who is now the Head of Original Content.

What do you make of this event? How does that “expansion to new continents” sound to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Rifki
Rifki
25 days ago

Eurovision? expansion to other continents? I like that idea, but the way to expand it should be right, and I think it should be somewhat like this: 1. each continent having “proper” editions, which are: 1.1. Eurovision for European-EBU-EBA countries 1.2. Asian edition (whatever the name will be), organized by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union 1 3. pan-American edition, co-organized by NABA (North American Broadcasters Association), CBU (Carribean Broadcasting Union) and OTI (Organización de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamérica). the NBC adaptation American Song Contest can very well be the U.S. national selection show for the pan-American contest. 1.4. African edition, organized by AUB… Read more »

Last edited 25 days ago by Rifki
Luc
Luc
23 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Sounds great, but it’d be better if that expansion happened in the form of spin-offs such as Festival OTI for Spanish-speaking countries

Rifki
Rifki
23 days ago
Reply to  Luc

I’d rather want it to be continent-based, not language-based, because Eurovision is scale-wise a continental contest, and my concept has clearly described that.

Joe
Joe
25 days ago

It is REMARKABLE to see RTVE take initiative like this. Spain have never been a country that excites me very much at Eurovision but this level of foresight is special for any country, let alone one that’s spent as much time in the basement recently as Spain. Hope it’s actually a harbinger of good things to come as opposed to Ireland a few years ago (they qualified, they did a talkback, then it’s like any forward momentum ground to a halt).

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Ireland and Germany: they turned it around then somehow managed to start doing even worse than they had been before

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Getting important people from Italy and Portugal is smart. A couple other countries I’d single out for their recent approach to Eurovision are Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. I’d take whatever advice they were offering, especially Switzerland and the Netherlands

Erasmus
Erasmus
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Israel only had Netta otherwise their results have been quite lacklustre (usually a qualification but then a mediocre result in the final)…
Albania’s approach also isn’t the best when it comes to results.

I kinda agree with other countries tho.

Denis
Denis
25 days ago

I hope it wont get to crowded and chaotic, not a word sallad

Joey
Joey
25 days ago

I really hope that it will be available with English subtitles if they’re going to speak their native tongues. Then I might consider watching it. 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Joey

It’s a live show, start learning Spanish now! 🙂

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
25 days ago

I don’t want to come across as grumpy, but I would like Eurovision and its associated brands to stay true to the countries currently competing/which once competed and countries in/near Europe which are interested in joining.

If there were countless geographical extensions, it would make it seem like Eurovision isn’t anything unique and like the contest didn’t need to evolve to become what it is today.

It would also seem pretty desperate, which is absurd because Eurovision already is the most-watched entertainment show in the world.

Last edited 25 days ago by EurovisionBenny_AUT
Rifki
Rifki
25 days ago

but deeply from my heart, i want Eurovision to be expanded, but the thing that should be expanded is not the original show, but the “brand” or “format”. Additional editions for other continents (Asia-Pacific-Oceania, Americas and Africa) and a Worldvision (with top countries of each “continent”) should be the way.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

They tried to do an Asian equivalent of Eurovision, but it just ended up never getting off the ground

Una
Una
25 days ago

Oh really? The Romanian broadcaster did something similar earlier this year but there were about 12 people in the studio plus a moderator talking all over each other plus a few people over video link. The whole spiel ended up in a nonsensical, difficult to understand word salad.
I hope the Spanish approach will be more professional and not lead to a waste of time and brain cells.

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago

Good evening Eurovision, Antarctica is calling!

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

#QueenMaudLand2023

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I like and subscribe to this!