Spain: Here are the Benidorm Fest stage and interval acts!

In less than 24 hours before the Spanish Benidorm Fest 2023 kicks off live at the Palau d’Esports L’Illa de Benidorm . A total of 9 artists will take  the stage this Tuesday to compete for one of the four available spots for Saturday’s Grand Final. On January 31, February 2 and February 4, Benidorm will become the epicenter of Spanish music when it hosts the two semi-finals and the grand final of the second edition of the Spanish national selection.

The main stage of Benidorm Fest has a rectangular shape and consists of three parts : the main stage of 360 square meters, the corridor and a small circular stage at the end, which will be used by some artists for their performances. In addition, the stage consists of 6 rotating high resolution LED screens and a set of fixed screens. The main entrances are provided by manually operated mechanical carts, which create the necessary openings for the passage of movable scenic elements from the backstage to the center of the stage.

The Green Room of Benidorm Fest 2023 / Source: RTVE

The second section of the venue is located directly in front of the Benidorm Fest main stage. With an area of ​​458 square meters , the space will accommodate the Green Room – the space where the artists will relax after their performance -, the jury table and the presenters’ stage . Both the space occupied by the jury table (on the right) and the stage of the presenters (on the left) have a circular shape so that they “surround” the entire stage. The Green Room, located in the center of this second space, has a rhomboid shape and is built on several stepped levels.

The audience of the arena will be located in the middle of the two platforms, in a space of 530 square meters . The rest of the spectators will occupy the stands located on both sides of the hall. 2,200 people will be able to attend the 3,000 square meters of the Benidorm Sports Palace to watch the three BEFest galas: 500 people in the A stand, 500 people in the B stand and 1,200 people in the main dance floor.

General view of the Benidorm Fest 2023 stage / RTVE

State-of-the -art equipment was used for both lighting and sound . The production will be carried out with a mobile HD unit, which allows a composition with 17 cameras : 7 on a pedestal, 2 hot heads, 3 standalone, 3 railcam, a steadycam and a cable cam. In addition, the technical equipment will include an auxiliary mobile unit, a recording unit and two interface units.

More than 200 professionals (including RTVE staff and suppliers) are behind the technical and human resources that have been working since last January in Benidorm to make everything run to perfection. The show, produced by RTVE in collaboration with Boomerang TV Producciones , will be directed by Jordi Rosell , edited by Jordi Vives and lit and photographed by Iñaki Irastorza . Oscar Denia is the producer of the second edition of Benidorm Fest while the executive producer is Josep Parés . Francesc Calafell is responsible for the scenography of Benidorm Fest.  We will see 18 unique stage designs developed by the organizers of the event in collaboration with the artistic teams of the participants.

The main stage of Benidorm Fest 2023 / RTVE

All three nights will be broadcast by Spanish TV ‘s La 1 and RTVE Play . The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, January 31 and February 2 respectively, starting at 11.50pm and lasting approximately 80 minutes. The final will last  over 90 minutes and will be broadcast at 23:05 on Saturday 4 February . After this exciting final we will know the successor of Chanel and the next representative of Spain in Eurovision 2023.

Interval acts

The two interval acts for the Benidorm Fest 2023 have been revealed.  Edurne and Glora Trevi will perform during each of the Semi-Finals.

Edurne represented Spain on the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with her song Amanecer.  For her interval act she will perform a medley of her latest singles.

Mexican singer Gloria Trevi will perform during the second Semi-Final as part of her promotional tour in Spain.

Source: RTVE

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Spain: The distribution of artists in the semi-finals of Benidorm Fest 2023!

Through a special press conference that took place a few minutes ago, it was revealed not only which artists will be in each semi-final but also various other information and surprises about the Benidorm Fest in general.

As a reminder, the two semi-finals will take place on 31 January and 2 February, with the Grand Final to follow on Saturday 4 February.

In the first, therefore, semi-final we will watch:

  1. Agoney
  2. Alice Wonder
  3. Aritz Aren
  4. Fusa Nocta
  5. Megara
  6. Meler
  7. Sharonne
  8. Sofia Martin
  9. Twin Melody

And, consequently, the second semi-final will be completed by:

  1. Alfred Garcia
  2. Blanca Paloma
  3. E’FEMME
  4. Famous
  5. Jose Otero
  6. Karmento
  7. Rakky Rapper
  8. Siderland
  9. Vicco

As for the surprises mentioned at the beginning of the article, RTVe‘s communications director announced that throughout the week of the festival there will be daily events around the city, as well as concerts with artists from the previous Benidorm Fest edition and several who did not make it to the final selection this year.

Furthermore, on Friday, February 3, from 9 to 12 pm, the Euroclub will be open where, among others, last year’s representatives of Albania and Romania, Ronela Hajati and WRS will be performing.

As if that weren’t enough, during this week there will also be a ‘tapafest’, the aim of which, according to the organisers, is to promote Spanish gastronomy, as 28 locals will compete in cooking and visitors to the city will be able “not only to taste this very Spanish dish, but also to pick the best one”.

Source: RTVe

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Spain: Listen to the songs of Benidorm Fest 2023!

The Spanish broadcaster has just published on its online platform, RTVEplay, the songs that will be competing at the Benidorm Fest this February for the ticket to Liverpool!

Tomorrow, after 13CET, the songs will be available on all digital platforms!

Listen to them below by clicking on the title of each song:

Can you pick out a song? Are you waiting to see someone’s stage performance? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spain: the songs of Benidorm Fest 2023 to be revealed this Sunday!

Spanish TV doesn’t stop surprising us this year!

As we informed you, RTVE had announced Monday 19 December as the official release date of the entries, but according to the latest statements of the channel there seem to be changes in the scheduling.

As can be seen from the way the organizers have handled the whole project after Chanel’s third place in Turin so far, it is quite obvious that public television wants to attract the interest of as many Spanish people as possible to BenidormFest.

It was therefore decided that this Sunday, right after the end of the World Cup final, around 19 CET, this year’s songs will be broadcast on TV through the La 1 frequency and then will be available on the RTVEplay platform. It should be noted at this point that the 2018 World Cup final in Spain had a viewership of 57.3% with over 8,200,000 viewers!

On Monday, December 19, a press conference will be held with the 18 artists at 11:30 CET to discuss their thoughts and feelings about this year’s festival as well as any acceptance their songs have managed to gain in the last few hours. Subsequently, the candidate songs will be available on all digital platforms after 13 CET, as the original announcement predicted.

We remind you that the titles and artists already announced are:

  • Quiero arder – Agoney
  • Desde que tú estás – Alfred García
  • Yo quisiera – Alice Wonder
  • Flamenco – Aritz Arén
  • EaEa – Blanca Paloma
  • Uff! – E’ffemme
  • La Lola – Famous
  • Mi familia – Fusa Nocta
  • Inviernos en Marte – José Otero
  • Quiero y duelo – Karmento
  • Arcadia – Megara
  • No nos moverán – Meler
  • Tracción – Rakky Ripper
  • Aire – Sharonne
  • Que esclati tot – Siderland
  • Tuki – Sofía Martín
  • Sayonara – Twin Melody
  • Nochentera – Vicco

Source: RTVE

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Spain: Benidorm Fest 2023 entries will be released soon!

RTVE announced the date we will get to listen the Benidorm Fest 2023 entries for the first time.  The competing songs for Benidorm Fest 2023 will be released next December 19.

The following songs are competing on Benidorm Fest 2023 to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023

  • Quiero arder– Agoney
  • Desde que tú estás– Alfred García
  • Yo quisiera–  Alice Wonder
  • Flamenco– Aritz Arén
  • EaEa -Blanca Paloma
  • Uff! – E’ffemme
  • La Lola  -Famous
  • Mi familia–  Fusa Nocta
  • Inviernos en Marte – José Otero
  • Quiero y duelo–  Karmento
  • Arcadia – Megara
  • No nos moverán- Meler
  • Tracción-  Rakky Ripper
  • Aire  -Sharonne
  • Que esclati tot -Siderland
  • Tuki – Sofía Martín
  • Sayonara–  Twin Melody
  • Nochentera– Vicco

In addition to these announcement, RTVE is giving away two doubled tickets for the Benidorm Fest 2023 Semifinals and the Final during their TV specials for the Christmas Lottery, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany Day.

Source: Eurovision Spain

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Spain: The titles of Benidorm Fest 2023 songs were revealed!

The long-awaited titles of the songs competing in Benidorm Fest 2023, were finally revealed.  The songs that we are going to listen in the Spanish song contest are of many different styles including rock, folklore, pop, kpop, hyperpop and many more. The songs will be published in the coming weeks, however we’ll have to wait until the semi-finals to see them be performed live on stage.

These are the 18 artists and their songs for Benidrom Fest 2023:

  • Agoney – “Quiero arder”
  • Alfred García – “Desde que tú estás” 
  • Alice Wonder – “Yo quisiera”
  • Aritz Aren – “Flamenco”
  • Blanca Paloma – “Eaea”
  • E’FEMME – “Uff!”
  • Famous – “La Lola” 
  • Fusa Nocta – “Mi familia”
  • José Otero – “Invierno en Marte”
  • Karmento – “Quiero y duelo”
  • Megara – “Arcadia” 
  • Meler – “No nos moverán”
  • Rakky Ripper – “Tracción”
  • Sharonne – “Aire”
  • Siderland – “Que esclati tot” (“Que estalle todo”) 
  • Sofía Martín – “Tuki” 
  • Twin Melody – “Sayonara”
  • Vicco – “Nochentera”

The 18 artists that were chosen to compete in the national final, appeared on a special show of the Spanish television, called “Los elegidos” (The Chosen Ones) earlier today. In the show, the artists came in, talked with the hosts in a small interview and each artist performed a song either from their discography or from another singer. The hosts were Julia Varela and Rodrigo Vázquez. You can see the whole show HERE.

We remind you that Benidorm Fest 2023 will consist of two semi-finals and a Final:

  • First Semi-Final: Tuesday January 31
  • Second Semi-Final: Thursday February 2
  • Final: Saturday February 4

The famous Spanish singer Mónica Naranjo will ne the host if the national final.

The previous winner of Benidorm Fest and Spain’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Chanel Terrero with the song “Slomo”, who ended up in 3rd place in the Grand Final, giving her country its best result since 1995:

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Spain: Benidorm Fest 2023 participants announced!

Just a few minutes ago, through RTVE’s ten-minute special, the names of the shortlisted artists who will be part of Benidorm Fest 2023 and will compete to represent Spain in Liverpool next May were made public.

As we had informed you, the scheduled date for the announcement of the artists would take place, unless something unexpected happened, on Saturday 29 October. However, Spanish TV has decided – and after a storm of reactions on Twitter earlier today – to present the shortlist tonight in order to avoid any unwanted leaks.

The surprises, of course, do not stop here as the announcement concerned 18 names and not 16 as RTVE had stated earlier! According to them, this was because “the quality and level of the tracks submitted exceeded all expectations” and so they wanted to give the opportunity to two more compositions to compete.

Thus, the 18 names announced tonight that will fight for the Eurovision 2023 ticket are the following:

  1. AGONEY Agoney - YouTube
  2. E’FEMME
  3. FUSA NOCTADesde Abajo - Single by Fusa Nocta, Arkade Kidd | Spotify
  4. BLANCA PALOMA Blanca Paloma | Spotify
  5. ARITZ ARENAritz Aren - YouTube
  6. RAKKY                                                                               Rakky Ripper Albums: songs, discography, biography, and listening guide -  Rate Your Music
  7. ALFRED GARCIA Alfred García: "Deberían rebautizar Eurovisión como el festival del 'show  business" | El HuffPost Life
  8. SOFIA MARTIN Sofía Martín - YouTube
  9. ALICE WONDER Entrevista a Alice Wonder
  10. FAMOUS Famous Oberogo: "Lola Indigo es una gran artista y estoy encantado de que  me comparen con ella"
  11. MEGARA Entrevistamos a la banda madrileña de metal Megara (2018)
  12. VICCO VICCO - YouTube
  13. TWIN MELODY Descubre a Twin Melody: las gemelas que están revolucionando las redes  sociales
  14. JOSE OTERO May be a closeup of 1 person
  15. KARMENTO Karmento | Spotify
  16. SHARONNE Sharonne: Ser la mejor drag queen en tiempos de ley trans | Famosos
  17. MELER Entrevistamos a los chicos de Meler - Bemol Magazine
  18. SIDERLAND Siderland - YouTube

This Saturday, at 22:05 (CET), a special show will be broadcast on the RTVE network where the above artists will discuss with Julia Varela and Rodrigo Vázquez about their artistic profile, their motivation for coming to Benidorm Fest, their music careers and some details about the projects they have submitted and will release in the months to come!

Guía para no perderse en el Eurodrama del Benidorm Fest

Is there a name that stands out to you? Is there anyone on the list who can continue what Chanel started last year? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

Source: RTVE

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Spain: Participants for Benidorm Fest 2023 will be announced on October 29!

RTVE has announced that the participants of Benidorm Fest 2023 will be revealed on October 29 .

Having already announced the reveal of Benidorm Fest 2023 contestants for October 27, RTVE has announced new plans. The participants for the country’s national selection will be revealed live on La 1 in a prime-time show on October 29.

The presentation of the artists will be undertaken by Julia Varela , who comments on Eurovision, and Rodrigo Vázquez . The show will include the profile of all the artists as well as details about their songs in the competition. RTVE will also hold a press conference on November 2.

Eight songs will compete in the  first Semi-Final on January 31 and the other eight will compete in the  second on February 2. The top four from each semi-final will advance to the  Grand Final on February 4, where eight songs will battle to win the second edition of the Benidorm Festival and the golden ticket to represent Spain in  Liverpool.

Chanel Terrero represented Spain at Eurovision 2022 and took third place with the song ” SloMo “, achieving the country’s best result since 1995 , after a long streak of poor results.

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Source: Eurovoix

Spain: Benidorm Fest 2023 participants will be announced on October 27!

According to an announcement by the Spanish broadcaster RTVE, a few days remain until the official announcement of the artists who will compete in Benidorm Festival 2023, where they will compete to represent Spain at Eurovision 2023.

On Thursday October 27, in a special program presented by Inés Hernand and Rodrigo Vázquez, we will see the announcement of the 16 artists chosen by RTVE’s team of experts among the 876 proposals submitted in total from September 1 to October 10.

In this show, each one of the 16 lucky candidates will be presented separately, making reference to their career so far, the reasons that led him to apply, and information about their candidate song. The event will also feature last year’s Benidorm Fest winner, Chanel, who dazzled Europe in Turin and will soon be releasing the official song of the World Cup in Qatar.

The next day, Friday October 28, a press conference with the contestants will take place.

We remind you that for Benidorm Fest 2023, songs were submitted by new talents unknown to the general public as well as by emerging artists, with increased interest from established artists, singers from talent shows, and even artists who have participated in Eurovision in the past.

Notable among the proposals is the presence of singers of all ages, from 16 to 76, bands and alternative artists, while a proposal was also submitted by one of last year’s Benidorm Fest contestants. There are also entries of artists with a lot of followers on TikTok, as happened last year with Britain’s Sam Ryder who took second place in Turin. The songs submitted cover a wide musical spectrum, from commercial pop, ballads, folk, flamenco, fusion and rock, to latin, rap and reggaeton.

Eight songs will compete in the first Semi-Final on 31 January and the other eight will compete in the second on 2 February. The top four from each semi-final will advance to the Grand Final on February 4, where eight acts will battle it out to win the second edition of the Benidorm Festival and the golden ticket to represent Spain in Liverpool.

Source: RTVE

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Spain: The participants of Benidorm Fest 2023 will be announced by the end of October!

Benidorm Fest 2023 will take place with the 16 participations that will be announced by the end of the month.

María Eizaguirre, the Director of Communication and Participation of RTVE, said in an interview that the artists that are going to participate in the national selection will all be announced by the end of October. This means that the announcment will come before that start of the tickets sale and thus, fans will know which artists will participate before bying them.

A total of 876 songs have been submitted to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The number of submissions is  12 songs down from 2022, however, the number of songs from record labels and publishers has increased considerably. To be exact, 455 songs were submited through the online form, 27 through email, while the 394 songs left were submitted directly from record labels, double the amount of songs than last year. For the 2022 festival, 886 songs were submitted, 692 through the online form and 194 from recording labels.

The team at RTVE is currently listening to all of the songs submitted for the selection and will pick the best 16 to go through to the national final. Benidorm Fest will tak place with two semi-finals in January 31 and February 2 and the Grand Final on February 4. The songs submitted vary a lot from each other, as there pop songs, ballads, folk, flamenco, fusion, rock even latin, rap and reggaeton.

Chanel won the first edition of Benidorm Fest.  She represented Spain in Turin with the song “Slomo” finishing in third place.  This is one of the best results for Spain in recent times setting the bar high for her successor!

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