TVE, the national Spanish broadcaster, has confirmed today that it has received more than a thousand songs in its quest to search for the 2019 Spanish entry. The 2019 Spanish Eurovision national selection song submission period concluded yesterday.
The Spanish broadcaster has received more than 1,000 songs for Eurovision 21019, both from established and new composers. 954 songs have been submitted to TVE via the public submission window, whilst circa 100 more songs have been submitted by the established composers invited by TVE/Gestmusic.
Whilst sending in their respective entries the composers had to specify and suggest the artist they would like to see perfom their respective entries. All sixteen OT 2018 participants are eligible to compete in the 2019 Spanish national final and eventually represent Spain at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv next May.
Now the special TVE committees will evaluate all the submitted songs and will shorlist them to 20 (10 via public submission/10 via special invitation).
Spain will be selecting its Eurovision act and entry for the second consecutive year via Operacion Triunfo, and it will be the fifth time the nation opts for OT to determine its Eurovision representative.
Public Song Submission
TVE opened a public submission window for composers wishing to partake in the 2019 Spanish national final to submit their entries from 01-15 November 2018. Last night the submission period concluded.
Now a special committe consisting of five members representing OGAE Spain, RTVE Digital, AEV Spain and the Spanish music industry will be responsible to evaluate all submitted entries and shortlist them to 10 songs. The special committee will present the 10 shorlisted songs to TVE by 10 December 2018.
Special invitation to established composers
TVE and Gestmusic invited established composers and producers in the music industry to submit an entry for the forthcoming Spanish national final. The submission window closed yesterday and now a special committee formed by five members representing TVE, RTVE Digital and the Operacion Triunfo teachers will be responsible to whittle down the submitted songs to 10.
20 Song in the competition
The 20 selected entries ( 10 via public submission/10 via invitation) will be assigned to the OT 2018 participants, who will then record their respective songs. Hereafter TVE will publish the 20 entries on its official website and open online voting enabling the visitors to vote for their favourite entries. The online voting will run for 2 weeks.
The three most voted songs from the online voting will proceed to the 2019 Spanish national final. Whilst a special five member committe representing TVE, TVE Digital and the Operacion Triunfo 2018 teachers committee will select a further 7 entries from the remaining 17 songs.
Hence TVE plans to have a national final with circa 10 entries battling for the golden ticket to Israel. The exact date of the Spanish national final is yet to be confirmed, one thing we know for sure is that Spain will be selecting their Eurovision representative and song for Tel Aviv next January.
National final in January
TVE is planning to hold the 2019 Spanish national final in January. During the live televised show all the participants will perform their respective potential Eurovision entries. The final deliberation will lie entirely in the hands of the Spanish audience who will determine the 2019 Spanish hopeful and entry via televoting/SMS/online voting.
If there is a tie between 2 candidates/ songs the Spanish audience will be invited again to vote for their favourite entry/candidate.
Spain in Eurovision
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has won the competition twice, with Massiel (1968) and Salome (1969). The Iberian nation has been marred with poor results in the competition in recent years.
In 2018 Spain selected its Eurovision act via Operacion Triunfo, Amaia & Alfred were crowned the winners of the Spanish national final and flew to Lisbon with their love ballad Tu cancion, achieving a 23rd place in the Grand Final.