RTVE Announces Hispavisión Song Contest

The Spanish broadcaster RTVE has today announced the creation of their own singing competition for the Spanish speaking world, Hispavisión.

The contest is due to take place in Cartagena de Indias in Colombia next year.José Manuel Pérez Tornero, the President of RTVE, confirmed that Portugal and Brazil will be invited to compete in the contest.

The announcement took place at the Ibero-American Forum of Audiovisual Public Service meeting which was organised by RTVE. Pérez Tornero explained that a working group will be formed to decide the format of the competition and the rules that the competition will follow.

Hispavisión is not the first song contest to be organised for the Hispanic-speaking world. The OTI Festival was an annual song contest held between 1972 and 2000 which featured Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries competing. During its time a number of Spanish speaking countries took part including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and USA.

Spain and Mexico won the most amount of times, with a total of 6 wins. This was followed by Argentina and Brazil who won the contest 4 times.

Marcos Llunas also took part in the contest in 1995 and won. He then went onto represent Spain at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 6th place. You can see his performances at both contests below:

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