If ratings are any indicator, then RTVE has just scored a huge win. The final of its inaugural edition of Benidorm Fest drew 2.97 million viewers. That represents a 21% share of the TV viewing audience. For comparison, RTVE typically earns a 7 to 8% share of the audience.
Across the three shows, the festival had nearly 10.8 million viewers.
?La final del #BenidormFest subió al 21% de share y fue seguida por 2.966.000 espectadores, LO + VISTO DEL DÍA y lo + visto de @La1_tve en el año— Dos30' (@Dos30TV) January 30, 2022
?#ElFestivalQueQuieres es visto entre sus tres galas por un total de 10.777.000 personas
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The ratings success will, no doubt, give RTVE even more faith in its new selection method, which dominated the trends in Spain during each broadcast. Rigoberta, Tanxugueiras, Chanel, Rayden….it seemed like every artist became a trending topic at some point.
As is tradition among any passionate fan base, conversation over the winner and the results are a hot talking point. Our results post now has over 600 comments, which show the joy of some and the heartbreak of others. The fact that people can love different songs so deeply is a reminder of the awesome diversity and strength of the choices.
Amid all the emotion and Eurodrama, there is a celebratory thread. Fans inside and outside of Spain are applauding producers for delivering a strong final that had several viable options for Eurovision. Bai la la is the past. Benidorm Fest is the future.
Let’s see what our readers have been saying…
Thanos writes, “This year [Spain] really improved their game and showed us that they take ESC more seriously than in the past couple of years.”
Fast Food Music Lover says, “Very exciting national selection. Thank you Spain for giving us eurofans such a spectacular show!”
OberonYronwood was getting all the feels. “Firstly, I would like to congratulate RTVE once again for the great show that they gave us tonight, Benidorm Fest has become a hit in Spain and that’s only due to the effort of the heads of delegation, Maria and Eva, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you gave us the national final that we had been waiting for for years.”
Purple Mask agrees that a new day has arrived for Spain. But she’s quick to point out that there have been good entries from Spain in the past.
“As National Finals go, yes this is a new era for Spain and I’m very happy about that. However, there are plenty of examples of Spain taking Eurovision seriously over the past 10 years. Ignoring Operación Triunfo, there was Edurne with “Amanecer”, Ruth Lorenzo and Pastora Soler – all serious entries.”
Roelof M thinks the show will lead to a strong result in Turin. “I think the juries made the right call as this is Spain’s “safest” choice for the top 10. I think the most important thing is that Spain hosted a fantastic NF and that they’ll likely reach the top 20 for the first time since 2014.”
Hector says: “RTVE’s effort this year was truly incredible and I’m so glad for Benidorm Fest, some flaws ofc but not bad for the first time. Congrats to Chanel and see you in Torino!”
A user named Vamoss worries that the negativity of some fans, whose favourites didn’t win, has poisoned the air and may threaten the show’s survival.
“Calling it now. Benidorm Fest can be the best national final ever but because of the toxicity of spanish eurobullies they will cancel it in a few years due to the reactions. The new HoD are doing a great job but they cant escape the crazy people.”
Do you think that Benidorm Fest can keep the momentum up moving forward? Is this your favourite version of Spain’s many national finals? Let us know down below…