A replacement of the OTI Festival is in discussions, with the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico pushing for a new contest.
The Head of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico is in discussions with numerous television broadcasters and organisations regarding launching a replacement to the OTI Festival.
The OTI Festival was an annual song contest modeled on the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was organised by the Organización de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamérica and was first held in 1972. The contest was held annually until its cancellation after the 2000 contest in Mexico. During its history 28 countries participated in the contest including Mexico, Cuba, the United States and Spain.
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi the Head of SACM, explained that he is pushing for the creation of a contest that he’s looking for a;
return to that great formula between the performer, the arranger, the musicians and the author and that they can once again achieve great successes.
He understands that there are a number of formats on television currently such as The Voice, but they lack the ability to show both a great singer and great new song. In addition Roberto Cantoral Zucchi explained that the proposed contest would have to adapt the format of the OTI Festival for a modern audience.
The OTI has not commented on whether the organisation is interested in relaunching the OTI Festival. The contest was stopped after the 2000 contest due to financial difficulties at a number of participating broadcasters, a lack of viewer interest and a perceived low quality of entry.
The full list of nations that participated in the contest between 1972 and 2000 are as follows:
- Aruba – Debuted in 1989
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Dutch Antilles
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- United States
Source: Radio Notas