Spanish broadcaster RTVE announced the revival of the Benidorm Song Festival. The historical music festival took place in the city of Benidorm from 1959 until its last edition in 2006. Moreover, the new Benidorm Song Festival will be the Spanish national selection for Eurovision.
The revamped contest will take place in February, 2022. Three main shows will make the festival: two semi-finals and a grand final. RTVE will broadcast the show via La 1 and RTVE Play. More details will be available soon. However, we already know that a split jury/public vote will decide who will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
RTVE president José Manuel Pérez Tornero; the president of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig; and the mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez announced the news in front of the beach. In addition to this, Ruth Lorenzo performed for the audience her 2014 entry Dancing In The Rain and Waterloo.
We want Benidorm to be a meeting point for what we need most now: music, Europe and diversity. With the ‘Benidorm Festival’ we intend to achieve an emotional and tourist reactivation of the Valencian Community.’
The Benidorm International Song Festival took place from 1959 to 2006. The contest was modeled after the Italian Sanremo Music Festival. The winner of the Benidorm Festival received the Golden Mermaid Trophy. RTVE used to broadcast the event. Further, RVTE President José Manuel Pérez Tornero said that the Spanish broadcaster would take their participation “very seriously”.
Spain’s last results on Eurovision have been far from satisfactory, being outside of the top 20 since 2015. In addition to this, their best achievements in recent times have been two top 10s in 2014 and 2012. Spain came in the top 5 for the last time in 1995 with Anabel Conde who ended in second place.
Hopefully their new national selection process will help Spain make a turning point on Eurovision.