benidorm fest

Benidorm Fest is here to stay! Spain’s Head of Delegation, Eva Mora, has confirmed that the country’s new Eurovision selection has been signed for four years.

Eva Mora dropped the news while taking part in “The contest you want”, a conference on the future of Eurovision organised by RTVE.

It’s also worth noting how RTVE is still figuring out how they will announce the winners of Benidorm Fest.

Spain’s Eurovision working group members Ana María Bordas and Fernando Macías have explained they are trying to avoid the artists’ fear to failure. This might include skipping a voting sequence, although the results will still be made public.

Macías explained: there will be two semi-finals with three qualifiers each, and then there will be a winner announced out of the six finalists.

“The contest you want”

Participating at RTVE’s event were the Head of Communication of Eurovision, Dave Goodman; Portugal’s Head of Delegation, Carla Bugalho; Italy’s former Head of Delegation, Nicola Caligliore; Spain’s Eurovision commentator, Tony Aguilar; and the director of Eurovision contents at RTVE, Fernando Macías.

Spain’s Head of Delegation Eva Mora; Head of Entertainment, Ana María Bordás; and Head of Communication, María Eizaguirre. Instituto RTVE, the broadcaster’s School for Communicators, is organising the event.

The session addressed four blocks. These include elements that are part of a successful act and strategy (artist, song, staging, promotion) and what it entails to win Eurovision and host the contest.

Also, the participants will debate the contest’s origins and its values, plus the challenges of Eurovision for the future, and the expansion to other continents. In fact, the event has included a promotion of the American Song Contest, scheduled to take place in 2022.

Spain’s new direction at Eurovision

The news follows a recent reorganisation at RTVE, with the broadcaster intent on moving in a new direction. Eva Mora was appointed Head of Delegation two months ago, and she certainly seems to have shaken things up at Spain’s broadcaster.

In fact, Benidorm Fest, the new Spanish national selection format, was announced in July. There’s also a Eurovision working group coordinated by Amalia Martínez de Velasco, the General Content Director, and Ana María Bordás, who is now the Head of Original Content.

What do you make of this event? How does that “expansion to new continents” sound to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago

How about sending a song in a language other than Castellano aka Spanish? Sort that out. Focus on your own country. Expansion to other continents, they’ve GOT some experience with THAT! Just when I thought they couldn’t become more annoying. I WAS WRONG.

Colin
Colin
22 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

They did send one song in English in 2016 (Say Yey!). Otherwise, it’s only expected that their most frequent sent langauge would be Spanish. Although the one I would *really* want to hear singing in their national language is Germany. In a way, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK could all experiment with different langauges for one year. Germany, on the other hand, actively avoids singing in German. Same goes for Austria. Why?

Last edited 22 days ago by Colin
Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
22 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Don’t worry we are gonna experiment but not with English. With Galician, Catalan or Basque. Our languages too.

Alex
Alex
23 days ago

skipping the voting sequence would be a turn-off, voting has always been the highlight of a national final/festival. Artists should not ‘fear’ if they perform a great song in a confident way without any mess. How do massive names in Sweden accept the voting results? Just get on with it RTVE! It’s not like ROSALIA will take part..

Esc addict
Esc addict
23 days ago

Ok 4 years at least of Benidorm fest, it’s a good news because you have to be persistent even if the very good results are not here at the first attempt. Concerning the fact that they will skip the voting sequence and they will still give the results publicly probably after the show, I don’t see why skiping this sequence then, they will show the results to the public in any case,

Una
Una
23 days ago

I can’t make anything of it 🙁 the “conference” is not online and please take no offence, this article covers too little in both past and future tense on the same issue. Much ado about nothing? Why do people talk about the expansion of Eurovision when a direct qualifer ends up bottom for years on end? Did they really talk about what it takes to win the contest? A top 20 position would be a success and a leap from ending up bottom.Talking about what it takes to host the contest when they can’t even get outside top 20? The… Read more »

Joey
Joey
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

Your middle name must be Negativity.

Ashton
Ashton
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

why are you and whisker so pressed omg. sip some tea and calm down

Ashton
Ashton
23 days ago

don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for Spain at eurovision before. praying they dont let me down