benidorm fest

¡Apúntatelo! Spain’s national selection for Eurovision 2022, Benidorm Fest, will take place in the last week of January.

As Europa Press and Alicante Plaza confirm, the event will take place at Palau Municipal d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm, a venue that fits up to 4,000 viewers. It usually hosts the games of Club Balonmano Benidorm, a handball team in Spain’s premier league.

However, the exact date is still unknown. This is because the number of events is still in the works: yes, there will be two semi-finals and a grand final, but there may be more nights with non-competitive events.

Nevertheless, it is highly likely that the final will take place on either Saturday 29 or Sunday 30. The semi-finals don’t have a certain date yet, and they may not be held on consecutive days.

Earlier this week, we learned that Generalitat Valenciana, Benidorm’s regional government, will invest 968,000 euros in the event, as part of its deal with RTVE. In case you were wondering, you can buy 9,680 Moon-balloons like Blas Cantó’s with that money.

Benidorm Fest

Spain has been creating hype around its new national selection for months. In fact, since it was announced at a lush event in July, both media and the broadcaster have been dropping juicy little hints.

The first edition of Benidorm Fest is set to take place at the end of January across three different nights: two semi-finals and a final. The date is yet to be announced, but the last week of January is the most likely.

In fact, RTVE is taking their campaign “La Gran Consulta” to Benidorm on Wednesday the 26th. That’s a nation-wide survey where the public broadcaster asks citizens their opinions about its content. Se vienen cositas.

Last Friday, Head of Delegation Eva Mora took part in ‘The contest you want’, a debate on the future of Eurovision at Instituto. She confirmed that Benidorm Fest has been signed for four years.

The broadcaster’s intention is to make the national final a permanent fixture of its entertainment calendar and it’s open to keeping Benidorm Fest going even longer.

During ‘The contest you want’, members of the Spanish delegation maintained that they were very happy with the general quality of the songs received.

Previously, RTVE announced that J Cruz, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Zahara will serve as the musical advisers, working hand-in-hand with RTVE staff in choosing the 12 competing songs for the upcoming Benidorm Fest.

 

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Ffs
Ffs
13 days ago

No more ballads , please !

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
15 days ago

Just the week before Sanremo in Italy

Roodi
Roodi
16 days ago

Hopefully is Spain gonna send some reggaeton

Efraim
Efraim
16 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

“No, that’s what they’ll be expecting us to do.”

Roodi
Roodi
15 days ago
Reply to  Efraim

and

Luc
Luc
16 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

Tbf reggaeton is starting to sound dated, just listen to Rauw Alejandro or Bad Bunny’s recent songs, they’re moving away from the genre

Roodi
Roodi
15 days ago
Reply to  Luc

Lol Pepas last song which was a really bug hit Farruko was reggaeton

Esc addict
Esc addict
15 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

The last better results for Spain were with epic and emotional ballads, they are good at this so they should retry this, in 2018 it didn’t work because their ballad was not enough epic and emotional. Spain has not only one kind of music you know, they have Flamenco for ex and it should be cool too to have a song with Flamenco flavor in Eurovision. They have everything to be eclectic and successful imo, it was more a problem of choice and of persons in charge the last years without talking of the bad quality of their stagings. Say… Read more »

Roodi
Roodi
15 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

no thank you Spain had a ballad last ESC year