Spanish broadcaster RTVE has selected José Manuel Pérez Tornero as their new president this March in addition to that the Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposal the president for the new basic structure and the appointment of top-level managers. In an interview for El Periodico’s Yotele, Pérez Tornero has announced some changes and stated that RTVE will now be taking Eurovision very seriously while reflecting of their six consecutive years achieving bad results at the contest.
“We are going to take Eurovision very seriously. We are the only Spanish public television that belongs to the EBU, we are interested in the event and in contact with young people in their European context,”
José Manuel Pérez Tornero, speaking to El Periodico’sYotele
Eurovision Song Contest was viewed by 183 million viewers and in most of the countries the viewing rate has been improved while Spain is one of the countries which had lost more than seven points in the audience share in comparison to 2019. The grand finale of Eurovision 2021 was followed by a 29.4% audience share with more than 4 million viewers in spite that fact once again which is the lowest viewing figures the show had in Spain since the 2017, still it was the most watched broadcast of the month. On the other hand the viewing share for the audience aged 15-24 was 52.8% this year which means that over a half of the young people in the broadcasting countries tuned into the show.
Regarding the Spanish Eurovision team, there haven’t been a reveal of any changes which doesn’t mean it won’t come to it in the future as RTVE is getting renewed. The current Heads of Delegation and Entertainment at RTVE are Ana María Bordás and Toñi Prieto.
Spain is one of the “Big 5” countries which leads them to a guaranteed spot in the Grand Final but that hasn’t been an advantage, since 2004 the best result Spain achieved at the show was 10th place on three occasions in 2004, 2012 and 2014 other results in that period include a range of places from 15th to last, being out of the top 20 eleven times. They won the show twice, have placed third once and second four times with their last top three finish with “Vuelve Conmigo” by Anabel Conde in 1995.
Blas Cantó was chosen to represent Spain at the contest in 2020 and after it got cancelled he was confirmed as their representative at the show this year. They decided about their entry for Eurovision 2021 through a national final Destino Eurovisión, during which Blas performed two songs “Memoria” and “Voy a quedarme” which won, Blas ended on 24th place at Eurovision 2021 with just 6 points from the juries (4 from Bulgaria and 2 from the UK) in addition to that Spain became one of the four countries who got zero points from the televote. You can check his performance of “Voy a quedarme” below
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