Benidorm Fest 2022 may have ended with unfortunate eurodrama over the jury-televote split. But Spain’s national selection for Eurovision has been a smashing success in every other sense.
So it’s no wonder why RTVE, Generalitat Valenciana and Benidorm’s City Hall have already verbally agreed to hold a second edition in 2023. Many things are yet to be determined and discussed, but you should start searching for flights to Alicante in Winter 2023.
Official confirmation of the show came minutes after Chanel won the bronze microphone. Region of Valencia’s president Ximo Puig published on Twitter: “See you at Benidorm Fest 2023”. He tweeted about it again on Monday.
Enhorabuena, Chanel.— Ximo Puig (@ximopuig) January 29, 2022
¡Qué gran espectáculo!
Ahora a por Turín.
Nos vemos en BenidormFest 2023.
(Y antes los Premios Goya en València). pic.twitter.com/P34VlGerb5
Benidorm Fest 2022: A ratings success for RTVE
RTVE have felt the love from TV viewers over Benidorm Fest. 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. All three of the shows were the most watched programs of the year so far. Across the three shows, the festival had nearly 10.8 million viewers.
RTVE’s delegation and Eurovision working group are satisfied about the show. After the marathon that has been Benidorm Fest 2022, they will appreciate being able to plan further in advance for next year. The basic infrastructure is set and now they can tweak and amend.
In fact, Head of Delegation, Eva Mora, has commented several times she’s already excited about next year’s edition, as they’ll have the whole year to work on it.
Mora was appointed as Head of Delegation in late August, and the new delegation has had four months to organise a whole festival from scratch in less than four months. Also note that Spain was taking part at Junior Eurovision as well, and it was the same team in charge.
Benidorm Fest 2023: More songs, more events
One thing seems certain: Benidorm Fest will have more songs next year. On Wednesday, María Eizaguirre hosted a press conference where she explained there would be “many more songs”. Several sources point out the number will be over 20, or at least that’s the idea at this stage of preparations.
Another thing that’s certain is that the format of “Benidorm Fest week” was very well received by all three sides, and thus, it’s staying.
However, from a tourist perspective, both local authorities, hoteliers and restorers are eager to expand the activities surrounding Benidorm Fest. Proposals for giant screens in bigger venues than this year are already on the table.
Indeed, in a moment of uncertainty for a city which mostly lives from British tourism, Benidorm has started the quest for Spanish tourists, and Eurovision fans are a perfect target.
This comes along with the idea that more public will attend Benidorm Fest next year. Palau l’Illa will almost definitely have a bigger audience than this year, when only half of the arena was used.
What do you think about Spain’s plans for Benidorm Fest 2023? Are you tempted to go next year? Let us know in the comment section below!