Spain took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971. The country was represented by Karina with the song « En un mundo nuevo« . Karina was selected through the competition Pasaporte a Dublín (« Passport to Dublin »), and the song she would sing in Dublin was internally chosen once the national final was over. The music was composed by Rafael Trabucchelli and the lyrics written by Tony Luz.
Pasaporte a Dublín
The national broadcaster TVE decided in 1970 to produce a TV series in which some of the most popular singers in Spain would compete to represent the country at Eurovision. TVE prepared a shortlist of 20 artists that were important at the time for their popularity, sales or quality; some of them refused to participate because of scheduling conflicts or other reasons, among them Marisol, Juan Pardo, Miguel Ríos and Víctor Manuel. Ten candidates participated at the competition: Cristina, Júnior, Karina, Dova, Jaime Morey, Encarnita Polo, Conchita Márquez Piquer, Los Mismos, Nino Bravo and Rocío Jurado.
The series consisted of twelve shows that aired weekly from October 1970 to December 1970. The shows were produced at the Prado del Rey studios in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid. In the first show (17 October), hosted by Massiel and Julio Iglesias, the candidates were introduced to the audience. The ten following shows centered on one contestant each: the protagonist would host the show and sing several songs from their repertoire, while the rest of contestants would sing a song each related to a particular theme. The schedule was the following:
|17 October 1970||Massiel and Julio Iglesias||Introduction show|
|24 October 1970||Cristina||Hits from international festivals|
|31 October 1970||Los Mismos||Songs from the Twenties|
|7 November 1970||Concha Márquez Piquer||Hits from Hispanic America|
|14 November 1970||Rocío Jurado||Movie songs|
|21 November 1970||Nino Bravo||The Beatles‘ music|
|28 November 1970||Encarnita Polo||Songs from the Forties|
|5 December 1970||Jaime Morey||Operettas from yesterday and today|
|12 December 1970||Júnior||Classical papers with modern beats|
|19 December 1970||Karina||Children’s songs|
|26 December 1970||Dova||Christmas songs|
|30 December 1970||José Luis Uribarri||Results show|
The final was held on 30 December 1970, hosted by José Luis Uribarri. The winner was decided by a jury panel, consisting of a member of the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers, a member of the Guild of Entertainment, a representative of the General Administration of Television and Broadcasting, and five additional chairs. Each member of the panel had to award a set of 10-1 points to the acts after each broadcast. Karina was declared winner, but the position in the ranking of the rest of candidates was not disclosed. Magazines Semana and Teleprograma published that Jaime Morey, who would be internally selected to represent Spain at Eurovision the following year, came in second place, while Dova was third.
Despite the popularity of the program, the format of Pasaporte a Dublín was not used again by TVE to choose the Spanish entrant, in fact a national final was not organized again until 1976. The format is considered in Spain a precursor to reality singing competitions like Operación Triunfo in the 2000s.
Points awarded to Spain
|Points Awarded to Spain|
|10 points||9 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points Awarded by Spain
|6 points|| Italy
|5 points|| France
|2 points|| Austria
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- « Pasaporte a Dublín » (in Spanish). letrasviperinas.com.
- del Amor Caballero, Reyes (2004-05-20). « Segunda parte de las preselecciones españolas, 1970-2004 » (in Spanish). eurovision-spain.com. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- ESC History – Monaco 1971
(Note: Entries scored out are when Spain did not compete)