Spain introduces public auditions

Spanish singers and song writers are invited to submit their applications from the 15th of November till the 12th of December. There are two ways to do that in the case of the artists - via TVE's website or live auditions to take place in Madrid and Barcelona in late November.

The lucky ones will qualify for the second stage with two auditions, where an expert jury will pick the best candidates. Three or four tv-shows are expected to take place on the way to the national final.

Composers can submit their entries only through TVE's website and no restrictions have been made for the language of the songs.

What's changed?

This year, no names will be revealed before the semi-finals which will be held starting from January. The choice will be be made in a split vote between a jury and the viewers.

Another change is that there's a possibility the broadcaster will invite some already established artists to join the national selection who would then automatically qualify for the semi-finals.


The Press Conference

On friday 5th of November TVE held a press conference to introduce this new method of selecting their entry.

It was explained there that it will still be an "internet event". Selected bits will randomly appear on their site from the 15th of November. In the castings, the performers will have to show their talents by singing Eurovision songs.

A couple of concerns aroused about the controversies in past Spanish public selections as well as the aim of TVE taking part in the competition. "Our aim is always to win, not just taking part to fill the gap. For 2011 there will be an expert jury, still being formed, to decide on which are the best entries".

Also by not revealing the names of the chosen artists before the semi-finals, it is expected that no particular act will be able to make a publicity campaign leaving the competition on equal terms. "By having the songs chosen on one side and the artists on the other we'll try to create the best combination possible".

Although it was not confirmed at the press conference, several Spanish media reported that the tv-shows will be produced by Endemol's Spanish affiliate, Gestmusic, which was also in charge of the Spanish selections 2002-04, and presented by last year's host Anne Igartiburu.

Spain first took part in 1961 and presented its 50th entry in a row this year, Algo Pequeñito (Something Tiny) which Daniel Diges, took to a 15th place in the Final of the 55th Eurovision Song Contest.

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