benidorm fest 2023

We’re in sunny Benidorm and let us tell you: It is hot!

Today Spanish broadcaster RTVE is revealing the full details of their Eurovision 2023 selection. 

So far they’ve confirmed that 16 acts will compete — with eight drawn into each semi-final. That’s two more artists than competed in the 2022 edition. 

That final is set for Saturday February 4.

Prior to the final, there will be two Semi-finals run Eurovision style: on Tuesday January 31 and Thursday February 2. Four acts will qualify from each show.

There will also be an opening ceremony, which will take place on Sunday January 29. That day will mark one year since the final of Benidorm Fest 2022.

RTVE has also released the rules for Benidorm Fest 2023. The submission period will run from September 1 to October 10. 

And, fear not: there’s plenty of scope for Eurodrama. In case of a tie, the jury’s winner will proceed to Eurovision.

Also, in a quite implicit reference to the Luna Ki issue, vocal modifiers will not be allowed and the main singer’s vocals will be live. Pre-recorded backing vocals will be allowed, though.

The 2023 edition promises to be big. The region want a bigger audience and more events during the festival week, spreading the love across more of the city.

This year’s edition was extremely profitable, and they want to ride that wave. And you know, with almost half a million hotel rooms in Benidorm alone, this can blow up.

Back in June, Regional deputy for Tourism, Herick Campos, explained they are looking to “maximize” the number of people who will be able to enjoy Benidorm Fest live in the city. 

One of the ideas he floated is establishing of a Walk of Fame in Benidorm with the winners of Benidorm Fest. Chanel, of course, would be the first one.

As Bluper reports, this walk of fame would be located along one of the crowded Benidorm beaches. The idea at this point would be inaugurating it this Summer, together with the Benidorm Fest 2023 presentation.

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Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
22 days ago

I have ‘written’ a song… Well it is in my head and i know it would win Eurovision 2023 but i know nothing about music therefore i cannot share it with the world.

Polegend Godnova
24 days ago

already looking forward to it. not just the songs but also the graphics were fantastic (they just need to make the voting system fairer not to anger the public lol). i love how it’s the very week before sanremo too.

EuroTrashKiller
EuroTrashKiller
24 days ago

Maybe ban the public because the publics choices would have tanked Spain

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
24 days ago

In Spain we reeeeeally need a jury to ‘guide’ the people… We have to admit that the kind of music that tops the charts in here, the singers we love would flop in Eurovision: Pablo Alboran, Manuel Carrasco, Pablo López, Vanessa Martin etc are too similar. Spanish taste is too conservative. And apart from that Spanish fans always choose songs for the wrong reasons, they always want to please Europe, they think that a folk song sung in galician will move Europe and things like that.

xelx
xelx
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Those are the type of singers that get airtime on Cadena Dial, but they are not topping the charts. The artists topping the charts in Spain these days are Bad Bunny, Bizarrap, C. Tangana, Rosalía, Rauw Alejandro…

Lorena
Lorena
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

I really believe that El Patio by Pablo López could have won Eurovision. I have foreign friends that loved the song and Pablo Lopez’s talent. As per the rest… I agree, I don’t think the international audience would appreciate them.

Marc
Marc
24 days ago

Happy to see RTVE keeping the voting system. Time proved that the televote was the wrong one, with external factors that have nothing to do with music altering it. That and the results obtained in Eurovision are more than enough to keep the system.

PP77
PP77
24 days ago
Reply to  Marc

If they send Rigoberta in 2022, maybe Spain would had result like Serbia 2022 in TOP 5 also.

Polegend Godnova
24 days ago
Reply to  Marc

eh, that could’ve also been an isolated case. juries saving a country from a floppage-bound act selected by the televote in the nf happens as often as the other way round. this will only lead to less people taking part in the televote because it’s pointless to spend a euro per vote when you know your impact on the result will be extremely limited.

Sucof
Sucof
24 days ago

Sanremo 2023 will be from 7 to 11 February. Rumors: Possible presence of Britney Spears or Lady Gaga. Confirmed Chiara Ferragni will be the guest of the first and last evening

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Sucof

Don’t be afraid there will be articles about San Remo too here.

sucof
sucof
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

To tell the truth, they speak very little about Sanremo on wiwibloggs.

Emily R
Emily R
24 days ago
Reply to  sucof

Sanremo isn’t technically a national final – so why would they?

sucof
sucof
24 days ago
Reply to  Emily R

???????????? ?

Esc addict
Esc addict
23 days ago
Reply to  sucof

Very little!??? Are you kidding me?

Baby
Baby
24 days ago

Spain coming for that win they should have gotten in Turin!

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Baby

Oh man get over it, Spain was 3rd not second, at least the Uk could say what you are saying but not Spain sorry, don’t be a sore loser like that but be happy with the incredible score for Spain, Spain coming last they complain, Spain coming top 3 they still complain…

Baby
Baby
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Im long over it. Just pointing out Spain is coming for that win they were robbed of in 2022.

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Baby

Well no, Spain wasn’t robbed in 2022.

Tom
Tom
23 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

They were not. Much overrated.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
24 days ago
Reply to  Baby

Why do you ‘forget’ that UK was second? Why is it that you think that had Ukranine not participated their votes would have gone to Spain instead of UK?

Emily R
Emily R
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

if Ukraine had not have competed – their votes wouldn’t have gone to Spain or UK. Your ASSumptions say so much about you!

Emily R
Emily R
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

you know the UK came 5th in the televote? So can’t even claim they should have won in Turin!

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
24 days ago

Nacho Cano and Monica Naranjo are in wowww!!!

Lorena
Lorena
24 days ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

Yes… I don’t really know if that’s a good think… especially as per N. Cano. I mean, in the 80s/early 90s it would have bern fantastic. Hijo de la luna is very well known in many countries of Europe… but I don’t know nowadays, I have my doubts.

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago

It seems it will be as the same date as San Remo this year #BattleOfFestivals

walihaenni
walihaenni
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I think SanRemo is 7-11

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

WRS doesn’t leave anymore Spain and Benidorm lol! Maybe he will apply to be part of the Benfest line up 2023…

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

No! My mistake San Remo will be the week after Benfest.

BimBamBoum
BimBamBoum
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

And maybe Eurovision France the week before, which would mean 3 prestigious Saturdays in a row. This is getting super exciting !

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  BimBamBoum

I don’t know the Eurovision France plans for the next year but I hope for some changes and for something bigger, and I hope to not wait until mid February to get informations, and that the NF won’t be in March. Let’s hope to find a gem like Mrs Pravi, fingers crossed.

Samira
Samira
25 days ago

Still only 25% public input? Spare me the drama

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
24 days ago
Reply to  Samira

In the interest of reducing petty flame wars, I do hope they change that rule. However, after Chanel’s strong finish, I could definitely see them keeping it.

Regardless, I wouldn’t worry too much…Eurovision fans will always find something to complain about.

Eurotoxics
Eurotoxics
24 days ago
Reply to  Samira

50%, 25% by phone/app and 25% demoscopic

Alo
Alo
24 days ago
Reply to  Samira

Maybe more drama. But after this year it’s better to give the audience small percentage

Efraim
Efraim
24 days ago
Reply to  Samira

It was clear the 50-25-25 proportion wasn’t anywhere after the jury’s favorite got Spain’s best ESC result of the century in Turin and the closest thing there was to the public’s favorite languished near the bottom of the board. And I’ll insist: personally I think it’s for the best. Televoters can tend to be biased and stick to their pre-contest favorites even if they don’t deliver at the live show; while the demoscopic poll can draw in casual viewers who are not that heavily invested in particular contenders and therefore can give a more balanced assessment. And the jury… well,… Read more »

Efraim
Efraim
24 days ago
Reply to  Efraim

*wasn’t going anywhere. Dang, where’s the edit button when you need it?

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Efraim

I know what you mean by “the closest thing” but don’t forget that them they won both the public vote and the jury vote, a jury which had a professional opinion and who had the same weight as the public in the final results.
I mean there’s no perfect system, and Spain has not yet proven that the system they chose is the best and will provide systematically good results, let’s see their results the next 2 years at least and we will see.

Polegend Godnova
24 days ago
Reply to  Efraim

televoters aren’t any more biased than juries, especially in spain where there was a recent (2017) case of juries tanking the public’s favorite on purpose to send someone from a major label that had clearly paid to the eurovision.

Efraim
Efraim
24 days ago

I do recall that one, and I’ll give you that Xavi Martínez shouldn’t have been in the jury when he had already been actively promoting the eventual winner.

Unlike Benidorm Fest, Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 as a national final was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Shoddy presentation, pitiful entry level… Whoever won that one was being set up to fail in Kyiv.

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago
Reply to  Samira

It shouldn’t be a problem/drama, not necessarily, depending on the songs they select. The 2022 drama could have been avoided, yet there was only one song that called for controversy, there should be at least two of those. It’s important to have proper language representation in cultural issues. Also, it’s not the organizers’ fault the public don’t know how to behave. That was such a shame, but the broadcaster won its case and it was beautiful.

motopapi
motopapi
25 days ago

I’m glad to see RTVE Is on to something, I hope they learn from last year’s mistakes and we get to know the contestants and their songs before the shows.
Also, I hope Spanish eurofans don’t hate on the next winner as they did with Chanel until she snatched the 3rd place in Turin :/

Joselindo
Joselindo
24 days ago
Reply to  motopapi

Well, the songs were known and relesased before the show last year. I spent my whole Christmas holidays listening to them.

motopapi
motopapi
24 days ago
Reply to  Joselindo

Jajajaja yeah, I recalled that once I had uploaded my comment (probably confused it with another NF I can’t remember) but there’s no edit button anymore so “ni modo,” as we’d say here where I’m from 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago

Nice. Hopefully they will release the songs before the shows and all performers can sing live and all songs are superstrong #sangriabath

Lorena
Lorena
24 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

What do you mean? The songs were actually released in December last year.

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago
Reply to  Lorena

Yes they were and I hope they’ll do the same this year