From September 29 to November 10, 2021 both inclusive- artists, authors and composers can send their proposal through the participation form, which you can find on the official website of RTVE or at rtve.es/benidormfest .
“We are receiving many proposals from relevant artists, and we feel the need to extend that deadline so that they have more scope to send proposals with the highest possible quality. In parallel, so that there is a level playing field, we also extend the date for sending applications to through the web ”, said Eva Mora, head of the Spanish delegation at Eurovision, who assures that everyone’s goal is for Benidorm Fest to“ have the greatest number of competitive proposals and with the possibility of playing a great role in Turin 2022 “.
Parallel to this call, RTVE will carry out a direct invitation to singers and authors of recognized prestige on the current music scene. The objective of this process is to guarantee the greatest possible attendance in the preselection and to choose a quality song for the 66th edition of the European competition , which will take place next May in Italy.
In total, 12 applications will be selected to participate in the Benidorm Fest , which will be held at the end of January 2022 . Through two semifinals and one final, the public and a jury of experts (national and international) will choose the winner at 50%. As a novelty, half of the public vote will be decided by a jury made up of a sample of the Spanish population selected by statistical and demographic rules. Thus, it is ensured that the final result reflects the musical tastes of all Spaniards. This criterion in voting is done at the Italian festival of Sanremo , the Melodifestivalen Swedish and other major European competitions.
First phase: web registration and direct invitation
The preselection of Spain consists of four phases. In the first , those interested can fill out a form on the web or be invited directly by RTVE. In both cases, they must comply with the terms and conditions of participation in the Benidorm Fest and the Eurovision Song Contest (See rules here).
Performers, groups and authors over the age of 16 can apply to the contest on May 1, 2022 -that is, born before May 1, 2006-. In addition, participants must be of Spanish nationality or prove permanent residence in Spain (in the case of groups, at least 50% of the members must meet this condition).
Singers can only send a single request through RTVE.es. In the case of composers, they may submit one theme as main authors, and two additional ones as co-authors .“We want Spanish talent to be heard well in Europe”
The songs must be original and have not been published , performed or distributed, in whole or in part, before September 1, 2021. The duration of the song must be a minimum of 2 minutes 30 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes; and include lyrics in Spanish and / or co – official languages of Spain. Also, songs with fragments in foreign languages are accepted , as long as they do not exceed 35% of the text in that language.
The authors who are part of the process may suggest the artist or group they consider ideal to perform their song, without the need for this proposal to be binding and the final decision of the interpreter will fall to RTVE .
Second phase: selection of 12 candidates
In the second part of the process, an RTVE jury (made up of professionals from the entity and professionals from the music industry) will assess the proposals received and will select the 12 candidates that will be part of the Benidorm Fest (and another six as alternates). A minimum of two proposals registered through the web will participate in the Spanish pre-selection.
The main criteria that will be taken into account to select the 12 candidates will be gender parity , the combination of musical references with new talents and the variety of styles; as well as producing a great television and musical show.
RTVE will only announce the name of the chosen artists and songs , which will be made public between the months of November and December.