Hola Benidorm! Spain’s broadcaster RTVE has unveiled the running order for Benidorm Fest and it has announced the show will have a live audience.
Earlier on Thursday, RTVE held a press conference where they unveiled the running order of the two semi-final shows and confirmed further details on tickets.
The first semi-final kicks off with Luna Ki who will open the show with her entry “Voy a morir”. Seven songs later, Chanel will close the show with her song “SloMo”.
The next day, semi-final two will open with “Xeinn” and his song “Eco”. The final semi-finalist to perform will be Sara Deop with her song “Make you say”.
While eurofans sometimes put great weight on the running order of national final shows, performing later in the lineup does not necessarily make a big difference in shows with a small number of acts. In 2016, Barei won Objetivo Eurovisión after performing second with her song “Say Yay!”.
Benidorm Fest: Running order
Semi-final 1 – Wednesday 26, 22.40 CET
- Luna Ki – “Voy a morir”
- Varry Brava – “Raffaella”
- Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”
- Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua”
- Unique – “Mejores”
- Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
- Chanel – “SloMo”
Semi-final 2 – Thursday 27, 22.40 CET
- Xeinn – “Eco”
- Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente”
- Javiera Mena – “Culpa”
- Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría”
- Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá”
- Rayden – “Calle de la llorería”
- Sara Deop – “Make you say”
All shows will have a live audience
RTVE have also confirmed that the two semi-finals and the grand final will all have a live audience. Tickets are free. Details about how to reserve tickets can be found here.
Benidorm Fest organisers say they want as many people to attend the shows as possible. However, organisers are staying in regular contact with health authorities to ensure that the audience is the right size under current pandemic precautions, and that the correct public health procedures are followed.
The show will be held at Palau d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm in Alicante.
Benidorm Fest voting system revealed
RTVE has confirmed details of how the Benidorm Fest voting will operate. From each semi-final, four artists will qualify for the grand final. The results will be determined by a combination of expert jury (50%), public televote (25%) and demographic jury (25%).
The jury will be made up of five experts, three from Spain and two international.
The demographic jury will be made up of 350 statistically selected people who represent the Spanish population. It will represent the different regions of Spain and different gender and age ranges. Potential jury members are asked if they like Spanish music. Only those who answer sí, can be considered for the jury.
Benidorm’s demographic jury is similar to Sanremo’s demoscopic jury, as well as the people’s juries used to help internally select the Swiss Eurovision entry.
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