We’re just hours away from the first semi-final of Spain’s Benidorm Fest, and RTVE have now revealed the running order for tonight’s competition!
The running order for the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest is:
|6||Alice Wonder||“Yo quisiera”|
|7||Meler||“No nos moverán”|
|8||Fusa Nocta||“Mi família”|
The first semi-final of Benidorm Fest will begin at 22.00 CET tonight, 31st January 2023. Four acts will advance to the final from tonight’s competition.
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What else can we expect at Benidorm Fest 2023?
Similarly to 2022, juries at Benidorm Fest will have a significant say on how the results pan out. The votes of the professional jury will make up 50% of the final vote. As well as this, a demoscopic jury – made up of people representing the diversity of Spain’s population – will constitute 25% of the vote. The remaining 25% will come from the public televote. The professional jury includes former heads of delegations and international Eurovision winners, alongside Spanish music industry experts.
This voting system will be used throughout the two semi-finals for Benidorm Fest, as well as the Grand Final. Eighteen acts will take part in the festival, with four from each semi-final advancing to the final. The semi-finals will take place on January 31st and February 2nd, with the final taking place on February 4th.
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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