Spain: RTVE to shed light on Benidorm Fest 2023 details on July 19

Spain: RTVE to shed light on Benidorm Fest 2023 details on July 19
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

  • The Spanish broadcaster, RTVE, will be holding a special press conference on July 19 sharing all the details on the next edition of Benidorm Fest, the format used to select the country's Eurovision representative. 

    RTVE has confirmed that on July 19 the will be providing all the information around the Eurovision 2023 Spanish national selection, the event of Benidorm fest. 

    This year RTVE made a change of direction regarding the national selection format for Eurovision, abandoning the Opera Triumfo show and swtiched to Bendorm Fest as the nation's format to determine their Eurovision act and entry. Taking into account Chanel's 3rd placing in Turin it seems that it worked out pretty good urging RTVE to stick with the same recipe.

    RTVE will hold the press conference joined by Generalitat Valenciana and Ayuntamiento de Benidorm officials with the press conference scheduled for  13:00 CEST while a special side event set for 20:00 CEST. RTVE has also invited mainstream and fan media to attend the press conference. 


    Spain in Eurovision

    Spain participated for the first time in 1961 with Conchita Bautista and has achieved twice to win, in 1968 (Massiel) and in 1969 (Salome). Madrid hosted the contest in 1969 where there was a four country tie in the first place on the final scoreboard.

    Despite not having missed a single contest since 1961 , Spain doesn’t have remarkable results to show the latest years. Exception was Anabel Conde’s 2nd place in  Eurovision 1995 held in Dublin. Spain has came in history 2nd four times ( 1971, 1973, 1979, 1995) while it has finished last 5 times (1962, 1965, 1983, 1999, 2017) from which the first three receiving null points.

    Miki represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “La venda”. The singer  in 22nd place with a total of 54 points. In 2020  Blas Cantó was chosen internally to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, with the song “Universo”: Unfortunately the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and Blas never had the chance to perform in Rotterdam.However, TVE, invited the Spanish act back for Eurovision 2021 where he performed his entry "Voy e Quedarme" at Rotterdam Ahoy in the Grand final, finishing 24th with 6 points. 

    This year Chanel slayed on the Eurovision stage in Turin after winning with 'SloMo' the national selecrion of Benidorm Fest. Chanel achieved to bring Spain back in the game offering a remarkable 3rd placing in the Grand final after 27 years since the nation saw a top 5 placing. 


    News Source: RVE/ESCToday

    Image: European Travel Magazine