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Spain: Soraya is open to a possible participation in the next Benidorm Fest!

Soraya Arnelas considers a possible participation at the next Benidorm Fest after finishing the recording of her new single. The representative of Spain in the 2009 contest will release a song with its own music video in September, entitled “Segunda parte”, a dance song written among others, by Ander Pérez, one of the creators, of  “Dime” by Beth. In an interview with Semana magazine, Soraya explained that current circumstances make her think about a possible participation in RTVE’s selection process.

“We don’t know what is going to happen. We’ll see… Let’s see what happens, let’s see if we can surprise you. I’m not saying no, but I’m not saying yes either.”

These are the words of the artist who performed “La Noche es para mí”, which became a big hit not only among the fans of the contest, even though the final result in the competition in Moscow was not what they expected (24th place with 23 points ). Although Soraya herself has always been somewhat reluctant to repeat the process, she now says that “there are things that are decided instantly and doors close, but there are other moments that open”, so she no longer rules out a second representation of Spain.

Soraya represented Spain in Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “La Noche es para mí”:

The composer himself, Ander Pérez, posted on his social media that he already has a song ready to send to RTVE, and that the singer is very happy that they worked together. “The new single is at a high level, it’s true. We’re preparing new music” the singer says in between concerts and fulfilling her role as an ambassador for her country, which she’s proud of, also supporting areas affected by the fires. Soraya recently visited Las Hurdes (Cáceres) and showed the different parts of her town to her followers on social media, urging them to visit this “natural paradise”. So maybe we’ll see the singer at the next Benidorm Fest, with hopes for the next Eurovision Song Contest.

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Spain: RTVE is currently reviewing all elements of Benidorm Fest for 2023!

The Head of the Spanish Delegation, Eva Mora has confirmed that all elements of Benidorm Fest are under review for the next edition in 2023.

Speaking on RTVE, Eva Mora shared some details of the discussions that are currently underway regarding the next edition of Benidorm Fest, for Eurovision 2023. The broadcaster is discussing all elements regarding the new show including dates, number of shows, and how to encourage artists and songwriters to participate.

Eva Mora confirmed however that the professional jury which helped to select the Spanish representative in 2022 will remain for next year. The Head of Delegation explained:

“You always have to tweak things and modify something. The issue of juries has generated a lot of controversy, but the existence of a professional jury is essential. You cannot leave an international proposal in the hands of televoting because we, as people, do not have that perspective to assess a proposal, we let ourselves be carried away more by passion and by tastes.”

The Spanish Head of Delegation is aiming to make Benidorm Fest an essential part of the Spanish music industry:

“We want everyone to want to be at the Benidorm Fest … The Benidorm Fest has to be the engine of the music industry in this country.”

The winner of last year’s Benidorm Fest, Chanel placed 3rd with “SloMo” scoring a total of 459 points.

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Source: eurovoix.com

Spain: Benidorm will host country’s Eurovision Song Contest jury!

Benidorm will be the home of Spain’s Eurovision Song Contest jury for the 66th contest which takes place in Turin, on May 14.

Hello Europe this is Benidorm calling, we will see Nieves Alvarez saying at the grand final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The famous model and tv presenter will announce the expert jury votes, with a shot of the Benidorm skyline in the background.

The jury put together by RTVE will be based in the city, with Benidorm council planning to organise an event for the Eurovision fans.

The resort staged the Benidorm Fest in January, the Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, to choose country’s entry for Turin.

Spain will be presented by Slomo as Chanel won Benidorm Fest despite the fact that the Spanish audience voted for Terra with more than 70%.

Stay tuned in Eurovisionfun for all the updates regarding the Eurovision 2022!

Spain: The running order of the Final of Benidorm Fest 2022!

Through Spain’s official Twitter profile for Eurovision, the running order of the eight finalists of the national final, Benidorm Fest revealed.

The running order and the eight songs are:

  1.  Rayden – Calle de la llorería
  2.  Tanxugueiras – Terra
  3. Varry Brava – Raffaella
  4. Chanel – SloMo
  5. Rigoberta Bandini – Ay mamá
  6. Xeinn – Eco
  7. Gonzalo Hermida – Quién lo diría
  8. Blanca Paloma – Secreto de agua

We remind you that the winner of the first semi-final was Chanel, singing fourth in the final, and the winner of the second semi-final was Rigoberta Bandini, singing fifth. The final of Benidorm Fest 2022 will be broadcasted on Saturday February 29, by La 1, on 22:05 CET.

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Spain: The results of the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest 2022!

Benidorm Fest, the festival which will determine the representative of Spain in Eurovision 2022 has started tonight with the first semifinal, live from the spanish state channel RTVE.

A total of six candidates (instead of seven, after the withdrawal of Luna Ki) competed in the first semifinal, claiming four places for Saturday’s grand final.

Presenters of the evening were Alaska, Inés Hernard and Máxim Huerta.

The candidates

The six candidates of the night were the following:

  1. Varry Brava – Raffaella
  2. Azúcar Moreno – Postureo
  3. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto del agua”
  4. Unique – Mejores
  5. Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
  6. Chanel – SloMo

The voting

50% of the results in all three shows (two semifinals and a final) comes from the jury, while the other 50% from the audience. The jury is divided into spanish and international, while 50% of the audience is divided into televoting and a sample of the spanish population selected on the basis of statistics and demographics (demoscopic jury). This is used in both the Sanremo Festival (Italy) and the Melodifestivalen (Sweden).

The Benidorm Fest jury, which determines 50% of the vote, consists of the following:

National jury:

Natalia Calderón – Professor of Vocals
Miryam Benedited – Director and Choreographer
Estefanía García – Singer, mezzo-soprano of the RTVE choir

International jury:

Marvin Dietmann – Director of many entries in the Eurovision Song Contest
Felix Bergsson – Head of the Icelandic delegation to Eurovision
Results

The results

JURY

  1. Chanel – 55 points
  2. Blanca Paloma – 41 points
  3. Varry Brava – 39 points
  4. Azucar Moreno – 39 points
  5. Tanxuqueiras – 38 points
  6. Unique – 28 points

DEMOSCOPIC JURY

  1. Chanel – 30 points
  2. Tanxugueiras – 25 points
  3. Blanca Paloma – 20 points
  4. Azucar Moreno – 18 points
  5. Varry Brava -15 points
  6. Unique -12 points

TELEVOTE

  1. Tanxugeiras – 30 points
  2. Chanel -25 points
  3. Varry Brava – 20 points
  4. Blanca Paloma – 18 points
  5. Unique – 15 points
  6. Azucar Moreno – 12 points

OVERALL

  1. Chanel – 110 points
  2. Tanxugueiras – 93 points
  3. Blanca Paloma – 79 points
  4. Varry Brava -74 points
  5. Azucar Moreno – 69 points
  6. Unique -55

As a result, the four artists that qualify to the final of Benidorm Fest this Saturday are:

  1. Chanel – SloMo
  2. Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
  3. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua”
  4. Varry Brava – Raffaella

Chanel with the song “SloMo” managed to win the first semi final. You can watch her full perfomance here:

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Spain: Will Tanxugueiras perform on stage, at Benidorm Fest?

After Luna Ki, that has withdrawn from Benidorm Fest, another act is in danger of not being able to perform live on stage, at Benidorm Fest, due to Aida and Olaia getting infected by COVID-19.

As the group has already Tweeted a few minutes ago and as some members of their team is already at Benidorm, Aida and Olaia will travel within the next few days, as a precaution.

But how is it going to work with Tanxugueiras at this year’s Spanish national final, but also for any other contestant that might also get infected by COVID-19?

The three scenarios

Three different scenarios have been announced in case an artist tests positive for COVID-19 at Benidorm Fest.

In a recent article, RTVE unveiled the contingency plan in case a competing artist turns out positive before appearing in the upcoming Spanish selection process Benidorm Fest.

The producers, Boomerang TV and the broadcaster, RTVE, have come up with three different scenarios to ensure that every song and artist will be able to compete in this year’s Benidorm Fest.

  • The first scenario is that if the artist has already completed his first rehearsal, it will be broadcast during the live show instead of a live performance.
  • Second, if the artist comes out positive before his first rehearsal, then the official music video for the song will be played.
  • The final scenario is that, if there is no music video, the song will be played with montage of images and photos of the artist.

It was announced by Eva Mora, head of the Spanish delegation, that it was not possible to produce live performances, such as those created for this year’s ESCZ selection process and the expected process of Northern Macedonia, due to lack of time.

The Benidorm Fest will be held with two semifinals on January 26 and 27, leading to the Grand Final on January 29. The songs and the artists have been revealed and the order of the two semifinals has also been decided and announced.

The voting system

Only eight artists will make it to the grand final of the Benidorm Fest. The result will be done through a mixed voting system between a professional jury (national and international), televoting and a poll jury:

  • 50% of the grade will correspond to the professional jury consisting of five experts (three of Spanish nationality and two, international).
  • The remaining 50% will be in the hands of the public (where 25% will be by phone and SMS and the remaining 25% will be selected by a poll jury).
  • The artists will be given a phone number and as soon as everyone completes the show, the hotlines will be open for voting. The voting period will be approximately 15 or 20 minutes and the presenters, Alaska, Inés Hernand and Máximo Huerta, will be responsible for the announcement.

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Source: Tanxugueiras Twitter Account

Spain: The members of the Benidorm Fest jury unveiled!

The Spanish broadcasting union, RTVE, announced a few moments ago, the members of the jury for Benidorm Fest, the National Final for the selection of the Spanish representative for Eurovision 2022.

The members of the jury of Benidorm Fest, that will determine the 50% of the voting, are the following:

National Jury Group:

  • Natalia Calderón – Vocal Coach
  • Miryam Benedited – Director and Choreographer
  • Estefanía García – Singer, mezzo soprano at RTVE choir

International Jury Group:

  • Marvin Dietmann – Director of many Eurovision entries
  • Felix Bergsson – Icelandic Head of Delegation

Benidorm Fest: How will it work?

14 artists will be split in two finals, of 7 contestants, that will be held on the 26th and 27th of January respectively and will last 70 minutes each.

The Grand Final that will last 90 minutes, will be shown on the 29th of January, when the 8 finalists will get the chance to perform, bidding to represent Spain at this year’s 66th Eurovision Song Contest, that will be held in Turin the forthcoming May.

All the shows will be broadcast on La 1 de Televisión Española, at 22:40 CET. Benidorm Fest will take place at Palacio de Deportes L’Illa, at the Spanish city of Alicante.

The artists

The 14 artists that will compete int he hopes of becoming this year’s Spanish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest are:

First Semi Final

  1. Luna Ki – Voy a Morir
  2. Varry Brava – Raffaella
  3. Azúcar Moreno – Postureo
  4. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto del agua”
  5. Unique – Mejores
  6. Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
  7. Chanel – SloMo

Second Semi Final

  1. Xeinn – Eco
  2. Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente
  3. Javiera Mena – “Culpa”
  4. Gonzalo Hermida – Quién lo diría
  5. Rigoberta Bandini – Ay Mama
  6. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería”
  7. Sara Deop – Make you say

The voting system

Only 8 artists will be going through to the grand final. The result will be determined by a mixed system made up of the jury (national and international), televoting and demoscopic jury:

  • 50% of the voting will correspond to the votes of the jury consisting of five experts, three of Spanish citizenship and two internationals.
  • the rest 50% will be determined by televoting (25% through the phone calls and SMS of the audience, 25% by choice of the demoscopic jury)
  • The artists will get assigned with a phone number and when all of their performances are complete, the lines will be open and the voting will start. The voting window will last approximately 15 to 20 seconds and the presenters, AlaskaInés Hernand and Máximo Huerta, will then announce the winner that will represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

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Source : RTVE

Spain: The running order of the Benidorm semi-finals!

The spanish broadcaster RTVE has just announced the running order of the Benidorm Fest semi-finals.

The 14 artists will be competing in two semi-finals taking part on the 26th and 27th of January, with a duration of 70 minutes each. The one and a half hour grand final on the 29th of January will include the performances of the 8 finalists. The winner of Benidorm Fest will be Spain’s representative in Eurovision 2022.

All shows will be broadcast on La 1 de Televisión Española, at 22:40 CET.

First Semi-Final

Second Semi-Final

The voting

Only 8 artists will be going through to the grand final. The result will be determined by a mixed system made up of the jury (national and international), televoting and demoscopic jury:

  • 50% of the voting will correspond to the votes of the jury consisting of five experts, three of spanish citizenship and two internationals.
  • the rest 50% will be in the hands of the people (25% through the phone calls and SMS of the audience, 25% by choice of the demoscopic jury)

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Source: RTVE