Coming off the success of their Eurovision 2022 participation, Spain has revealed the details of Benidorm Fest 2023, in a press conference in Benidorm, where we found out when Spain will select their representative, as well as what we can expect for next year’s competition.
Submissions will open from September 1 until October 10
RTVE will be accepting submissions for the 2nd edition of Benidorm Fest from September 1, until October 10. Interested artists can find the rules right here. From the submissions, 16 artists will be competing for the right to represent Spain at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest (this is an increase of two from 2022.)
The 16 artists (8 in each Semi-Final), will compete in the two semi-finals, where 4 of the acts with the highest amount of votes will advance to the Grand Final. The voting system from this year will remain for 2023 (50% jury vote, 25% televote, 25% demoscopic jury). It was also revealed that Nacho Cano will chair the Jury, and will be joined by Christer Björkman. who was the former producer of Melodifestivalen and Head of Delegation for Sweden.
Spain’s Eurovision 2023 representative to be selected on February 4
During the press conference, it was also revealed that the shows will take place on January 31 (Semi-Final 1), February 2 (Semi-Final 2), and February 4 (Grand Final), with Mónica Naranjo confirmed as one of the hosts. Tickets for the shows will be between €20-€60, with further details being revealed after summer, RTVE has revealed that next year’s shows will have a bigger capacity, compared to 2022.
María Eizaguirre has also confirmed that during the week of Benidorm Fest, there will be a daily program that will comment on all of the news relating to the 2023 edition of the competition. In addition, the competing artists will also appear in a Christmas gala, which RTVE will broadcast at the end of 2022.
Spain’s Eurovision Journey
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with Conchita Bautista’s “Estando Contigo”. The country earned its first win in 1968 with Massiel’s “La La La”, and won again in 1969 with Salome’s “Vivo Cantando” in an infamous four-way tie. Although they have yet to win again, Spain earned several 2nd place finishes, most famously with Mocedades’ “Eres tu” in 1973 and Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve conmigo” in 1996.
Spain’s recent participation saw them enter the Top 5 when Chanel finished in 3rd place with 459 points from the jury and televoters with her song “SloMo”.
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News Source: RTVE
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