Spain: RTVE confirms Eurovision 2024 participation
The Spanish national broadcaster, RTVE, has confirmed Spain's participation in next year's contest and will be selecting their hopeful via Benidorm Festival.
RTVE has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be taking part in the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.
Benidorm Festival will be serving as the national selection format for a third year in a row. RTVE has released the rules and terms of the competition. The song submission window will remain open from 16 May up to 10 October.
A total of 16 contestants will compete on the national selection stage. The candidates will be determined via two ways: through the public submissions for acts and songs and direct RTVE ivitation to specific established artsits and composers. Composers can submit their song without appointing a performer.
More information on the Spanish national selection will be released over the following weeks.
Spain in Eurovision
Spain participated for the first time in 1961 with Conchita Bautista and has achieved twice to win, in 1968 (Massiel) and in 1969 (Salome). Madrid hosted the contest in 1969 where there was a four country tie in the first place on the final scoreboard.
Despite not having missed a single contest since 1961 , Spain doesn’t have remarkable results to show the latest years. Exception was Anabel Conde’s 2nd place in Eurovision 1995 held in Dublin. Spain has came in history 2nd four times ( 1971, 1973, 1979, 1995) while it has finished last 5 times (1962, 1965, 1983, 1999, 2017) from which the first three receiving null points.
In 2021 Blas Cantó was invited back by RTVE for Eurovision after previous year's cancellation, where he performed his entry "Voy e Quedarme" at Rotterdam Ahoy in the Grand final, finishing 24th with 6 points. In 2022 Chanel slayed on the Eurovision stage in Turin after winning with 'SloMo' the national selecrion of Benidorm Fest. Chanel achieved to bring Spain back in the game offering a remarkable 3rd placing in the Grand final after 27 years since the nation saw a top 5 placing.
This year Blanca Paloma won Benidorm Fest with her flamenco vibe song 'Eaea' finishing in 17th place in the Grand final.
News Source: ESCToday
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