We have a date! RTVE has confirmed that the participants of Benidorm Fest will be revealed on October 27, which is in line with our earlier report, that the participants will be revealed this month.
Special programming to reveal the participants
In its confirmation, the broadcaster has revealed that a special program, will air at 10:00CEST on La1 and RTVE Play, where Inés Hernand and Rodrigo Vázquez lead the program. Of the 876 submissions recieved, the lucky 16 participants would be revealed.
In addition to the reveal of the competing artists, participants from Benidorm Fest 2022 will also be apprearing in the special program, including Spain’s Eurovision 2022 representative Chanel, who has been selected to sing Spain’s anthem for the Qatar 2022 World Cup with the song “TOKE”, which will serve as her 2nd single after “SloMo”
Benidorm Fest 2023 will have its two semi-finals on January 31 & February 2, with the Grand Final set on February 4, where Spain’s Eurovision 2023 representative will be selected. Tickets for next year’s shows will go on sale on November 1.
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 has been less successful in recent years. Although they achieved two 10th place finishes in 2012 and 2014, the country has not finished above 20th place since 2015, including one last-place in 2017. This poor running streak was broken, however in 2022, 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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