Spanish broadcaster RTVE has opened submissions for the upcoming national final Benidorm Fest. Applications are open until the 29th October 2021. The festival will take place in January, consisting of two semi finals and a grand final. Benidorm Fest will select the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 representative.
Benidorm Fest 2022 selection process
After all submissions are in, RTVE with a selected jury will decide the twelve participants that will go on to participate in Benidorm Fest 2022. RTVE will be inviting experienced artists to take part in the festival; however, two of the final twelve selected will come from online submissions. The broadcaster is looking for a variety of different styles for the festival.
Voting Procedures in Benidorm Fest 2022
There will be two semi finals and a final for Benidorm Fest 2022. The voting breakdown will include:
- 50% Jury (60% National and then 40% International)
- 50% Public voting (25% Televoting / App voting and then 25% from a sample jury taken from the Spanish Population)
Spain’s Eurovision Journey
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with Conchita Bautista’s “Estando Contigo”. The country earned its first win in 1968 with Massiel’s “La La La”, and won again in 1969 with Salome’s “Vivo Cantando” in an infamous four-way tie. Although they have yet to win again, Spain earned several 2nd place finishes, most famously with Mocedades’ “Eres tu” in 1973 and Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve conmigo” in 1996.
Spain has been less successful in recent years. Although they achieved two 10th place finishes in 2012 and 2014, the country has not finished above 20th place since 2015, including one last-place in 2017. They finished 24th at the 2021 contest with 6 points from the jury and no televote points
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News Source: RTVE
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