After weeks of anticipation, the competing songs for Benidorm Fest 2023 have been premiered by Spain’s national public broadcaster, RTVE.
Who is competing at Benidorm Fest this year?
Ahead of today’s announcement, RTVE already announced who would take part at the upcoming edition of Benidorm Fest. Each of the eighteen artists will perform at a semi-final, to be held on January 31st and February 2nd respectively. Of these, four songs will qualify for the final, held on February 4th.
The premiere of the competing songs took place during a press conference at RTVE’s headquarters. Clips of the songs were compiled into a 4-minute summary video during the press conference. It was then announced that the competing entries will be made publicly available on all streaming platforms on Monday (December 19th).
As a result, the competing entries at this year’s Benidorm Fest are:
|Alfred García||“Desde que tú estás”|
|Alice Wonder||“Yo quisiera”|
|Fusa Nocta||“Mi família”|
|José Otero||“Inviernos en Marte”|
|Karmeto||“Quiero y duelo”|
|Meler||“No nos moverán”|
|Siderland||“Que esclati tot”|
The songs will remain available exclusively on RTVE’s website from 7pm CET (6pm GMT).
As well as this, RTVE are offering exclusive tickets to Benidorm Fest, which Spaniards will be able to win during the Christmas period. There will be opportunities to win tickets to both the semi-finals and the final on December 22nd and 31st and January 5th respectively.
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 tú” 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”.
What do you think of the songs taking part in Benidorm Fest this year? Which of the songs is your favourite? Does Spain have a potential Eurovision winner on their hands? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we gear up for Eurovision 2023!
News Source: RTVE
Photo Credit: RTVE