Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971
|Eurovision Song Contest 1971|
|Selection process||Pasaporte a Dublín|
|Selection date(s)||Introduction show
17 October 1970
24 October-26 December 1970
30 December 1970
|Selected song||"En un mundo nuevo"|
|Final result||2nd, 116 points|
|Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest|
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, who was Karina's boyfriend at the time.
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. Ten candidates participated at the competition: Cristina, Junior, 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. 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 main protagonist would host the show and sing several songs of their repertoire, while the rest of contestants would sing a song each related to a particular theme (songs from movies, The Beatles' decade, or Christmas songs, for example).
The final was held on 30 December 1970, hosted by José Luis Uribarri. The winner was decided by the audience, who could send their votes by mail. Karina was declared winner, but the place in the ranking of the rest of candidates was not announced in the show. Some magazines published that Jaime Morey, who would be internally selected to represent Spain at Eurovision the following year, came in second place.
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 (decade).
At Eurovision 
- "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.