On September 29, Spanish public broadcaster Radio Televisión Española opened the submission period to find candidates for their new national final for Eurovision 2022, a renewed edition of the mythical “Benidorm Festival” renamed as Benidorm Fest 2022. The deadline was set on this Friday, but today the Spanish television decided to extend it to November 10.
Eva Mora, the new Spanish Head of Delegation, explained the reasons behind this decision:
“We want to extend the deadline with the aim that artists and composers could send to us their best possible proposals”.
“We are receiving many proposals from important artists, and we feel the need to extend that deadline so we give to them more room to send proposals with the highest quality as possible. In parallel, with the intent to offer equal conditions to everyone, we also extend the date of submission of applications through the website”.
“We want the largest number of competitive proposals with possibilities to play a great role at Turin 2022”.Eva Mora
Any eligible person according to the rules interested in taking part in the selection process could send their applications until Wednesday November 10 at 11:59pm through an on-line request form available on the official RTVE website.
ABOUT BENIDORM FEST
Benidorm Fest 2022 will consist of three shows, two semifinals and a final, which will be broadcast both by La 1 and by Radio Nacional de España. The event will be possible as a result of a collaboration agreement between Spanish Television and public institutions of Spain: the Benidorm City Council and the Government of the Valencian Community, Generalitat Valenciana.
An expert jury will examine all the proposals and will select the best candidates to compete in the national selection shows. Apart from that, RTVE will also invite recognised artists and songwriters to present their compositions and tracks in order to make a more prestigious event.
The Spanish working group for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest has recently been renewed with Eva Mora appointed as a new head of delegation. Eva Mora is not an unknown face at the Eurovision Song Contest, she has attended the contest as a special envoy up to five times, between 2012 and 2016. In addition, she was the commentator for the ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’ in 2020 and Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2020.
The delegation’s working group will be directly linked to Amalia Martinez de Velasco, director of general content for Radio Televisión Española. This working group will be coordinated by Ana María Bordas, former head of the delegation.
The winner of Benidorm Fest 2022, who will be the next representative for Spain at Eurovision 2022, will be chosen 50% through a professional jury made up of music professionals and prestigious international personalities and 50% public vote.