After a surprise announcement earlier tonight, RTVE has now revealed the 18 participants that will be competing in their Eurovision 2023 selection Benidorm Fest.
Some familiar faces in the line-up
Tonight’s line-up saw some familiar faces joining the line-up for next year’s competition. Included in the line-up is Blanca Paloma, who participated in the inaugural edition of the competition, and Alfred Garcia who represented Spain in 2018 with Amaia with “Tu Cancion”.
- Fusa Nocta
- Blanca Paloma
- Aritz Aren
- Rakky Ripper
- Alfred Garcia
- Sofia Martin
- Alice Wonder
- Twin Melody
- José Otero
RTVE expanded the final line-up to 18 songs from the already announced 16 because of the quality of the 876 submissions that they received. 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
Photo Credit: EBU/ Corinne Cumming