Spanish broadcaster TVE will once again push the boundaries of Eurovision Song Contest entry selection in 2008. After the ground-breaking Mision Eurovision selection show in 2007, this year, Spain will run their national selection through MySpace! The 10 best entries, chosen by online voters and an expert jury, will participate in a national final on 1st March.
The Spanish broadcaster is currently holding a press conference to announce the selection details. esctoday.com can reveal that the selection process will harness the power of MySpace. Artists have 19 days to register for the competition via the popular musicians' website.
The deadline for entries will be February 10th. Voting will begin online the following day, and will remain open until 20th February. This leaves TVE with just nine days to get the artists to the location of the national final and develop the choreography and staging of the songs for the final.
On the selection page, it says: "If you or your band are the creators of an original piece of music, to participate in the Spanish selection for Eurovision is very easy. All you have to do is create a profile on myspace.com, upload your song and send in a "greeting-video" that would help you as an introduction to your participation".
From the artists that enter the selection process, 10 will be selected to participate in a televised national final on 1st March. Five will be selected by voting online through the selection process MySpace page, and a further five will be selected by an expert panel at TVE.
During the live show on 1st March, all ten acts in the final will perform their songs live, and a televote will be used by the television audience to select Spain's 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entry.
Participants must be able to prove that they have been living in Spain for at least two years in order to enter the competition. Their song can be written in any of the State languages of Spain (Spanish-Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician) and are allowed have parts sung in any of the languages of the participating countries at the Eurovision Song Contest.