Tonight, Spain commenced the search for Chanel’s successor as the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest 2023 took place. The first four qualifiers of Spain’s selection, which are still in the running to represent Spain in Liverpool have been revealed.
Benidorm Fest Semi Final One Results
The acts who competed tonight’s Semi-Final and the results are as follows:
|2||Aritz Arén||“Flamenco”||Not Qualified|
|3||Sofía Martín||“Tuki”||Not Qualified|
|6||Alice Wonderland||“Yo Quisiera“||Qualified|
|7||Meler||“No Nos Moverán”||Not Qualified|
|8||Fusa Nocta||“Mi Familia“||Qualified|
|9||Twin Melody||“Sayonara”||Not Qualified|
If you want to know more about Spain’s 2023 Eurovision hopefuls; check out our interviews with Alfred García, E’FEMME, Sofía Martín, and Siderland.
What Is Benidorm Fest
Following a decade and a half interval, Spain’s national broadcaster RTVE revived the Benidorm International Song Festival, and transformed into Spain’s selection show for Eurovision. This is not the first time RTVE has experimented with pre-existing formats to select it’s Eurovision entrants; having previously intermittently used Operación Triunfo. Though this time was to much greater success, as inaugural winner Chanel ultimately finished third at last year’s contest in Turin. The second edition is being hosted by Inés Hernand, Mónica Naranjo, and Rodrigo Vázquez.
Voting in Benidorm Fest consists of a hybrid system, with three voting methods: jury, demiscopic, and televote. the jury consists of music professions ranking the competitors, and makes up 50% of the vote. The demiscopic vote is a weighted system meant to balance the vote based on the demographic make up of Spain, and makes up 25% of the vote. The final 25% of the vote consists of simple televote.
What Happens Next
On Thursday the Second Semi Final will take place, and pick the remaining four participants for the final which will take place this Saturday. Voting for the final will be in the same manner as the semi finals. The winner will go on to represent Spain at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
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: RTVE