Spanish public broadcaster Radio Televisión Española has opened this morning 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.
Any eligible person according to the rules interested in taking part in the selection process could send their applications from today September 29 until October 29 at 11:59pm through an on-line request form available on the official website of the broadcaster.
All applicants must have been born before January 1, 2006, aged more than 16 years. Candidates aged under 18 will require parental or legal guardian consent to register their requests.
Solo artist must have Spanish nationality or be residents of Spain. In the case of groups, it will be enough for 50% of its members to have this requirement.
Songwriters can only submit one song as a main composer, two in case of being co-author. Singers can only participate with one song in the Benidorm Fest 2022. They will not be able to compete in other preselections from different countries simultaneously.
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 Benidorm Fest organizing committee is made up of the following professionals:
- María Eizaguirre: Director of Communication and Participation.
- Esteban Calle: Marketing
- César Vallejo: Head of Digital Documentary.
- Irene Mahía: Current affairs content coordinator and Playz platform coordinator.
- Fernando Macías: Coordinator of RTVE’s website.
- Javier Martín: RTVE news journalist.
- Jordi Vives: Director of musical programs.
- Julia Varela: Presenter, radio host and contests commentator since 2015.
- Virginia Díaz: Radio 3 specialist and worker in various programs of La 2.
- Julio Ródenas: Worker at Turbo 3.
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.
Last year Spain was represented by Blas Cantó and his song “Voy A Quedarme”, finishing 24th with only 6 points.