The Benidorm Fest voting system will remain the same for the 2023 edition of Spain’s national selection for Eurovision.
As in 2022, the results will be determined using three different sets of votes. Televoting will account for 25%; a demographic panel (of television viewers thought to represent the nation as a whole) will account for another 25%; and an expert jury consisting of both national and international figures will make up the remaining 50%.
RTVE communications boss Maria Eizaguirre confirmed two of the jury members on Tuesday: Nacho Cano and Christer Björkman.
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Nacho is a noted composer, musician and record producer. He was a founding member of the Spanish pop band Mecano, which achieved huge success in the 1980s.
In 2004, Madrid City Hall commissioned Nacho to write the official wedding music for Prince Felipe of Spain. In 2010, he composed music for the European Athletics Championships, which were held in Barcelona that year.
Christer, you’ll already know, turned Melodifestivalen into a pop music factory that churned out Eurovision contenders and two winners in Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw. Since retiring from Swedish television after Eurovision 2021, he’s created the American Song Contest and is now working on subsequent editions, including Eurovision Song Contest Latin America.
RTVE added that the juries will be much broader than in 2022 and that the international jury will have a stronger presence. Last year’s jury consisted of just five people, three from Spain and two from abroad.
Last year, as often happens when the jury and public disagree, Eurodrama erupted. Tanxugueiras won both the public vote and the demoscopic jury. But the expert jury ranked the Galician group way down in 5th.
Expanding the jury will go a long way to dampen inevitable conspiracy theories. With more members, each individual carries less weight, which reduces the typical criticism at national finals that any individual has too much power. The presence of international jurors will also reduce the risk of conspiracy theories that flow freely when a juror knows someone who knows someone who knows the artist or songwriter. Connections like that are a lot less likely if you pluck jurors from abroad.
Last year’s jury included:
🇮🇸 Felix Bergsson (Iceland’s Head of Delegation)
🇦🇹 Marvin Dietmann (Artistic director)
🇪🇸 Natália Calderon (vocal coach)
🇪🇸 Estefanía García Nieto (inspector-coordinator of RTVE’s choir)
🇪🇸 Miryam Benedited (choreographer)
Chanel has encouraged all artists to submit for the next edition.
“I would tell them not to be afraid, that nothing has been written about cowards. It is a unique experience, let them keep the positive and know that I will be there to support them. It’s a spectacular and once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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