RTVE has confirmed Spain's participation in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam next May. After the United Kingdom, Spain is the second Big 5 country to shift away from a televised national final to an internal selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Operación Triunfo is the successful Spanish talent show used from 2002 to 2004, and again in 2018 and 2019, as the platform to select the Spanish delegate for the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Miki's successor will not be chosen via the popular TV format, as public broadcaster RTVE is already at work on the selection of the entry internally.
Internal selections have been used by different broadcasters in recent years, most notably by the United Kingdom who made a similar announcement earlier this week. Most Spanish entries have been chosen internally over the years, including Pastora Soler in 2012, ESDM in 2013 and Edurne in 2015.
Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest
Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has returned to every Contest since then, becoming the country to participate the longest since their debut.
Spain won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1968 with Massiel's La, La, La and again the following year in Madrid, thanks to Salomé's Vivo Cantando. Spain is the first country to win back to back editions of the Contest.
Earlier this year Spain was represented by Miki who sang his party song La Venda in the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.