Here’s a fact for you: RTVE has received 876 songs for Benidorm Fest 2023. In any other country this would be something you’d read and be like: “ah okay, cool”. But we’re talking about Spain here. There’s an awful lot to unpack behind this number. ¡Vámonos!
In short, this means that Chanel’s successor is already on RTVE’s table, where it will have to battle with the other 875 entries. Easy, huh?
And it may have just arrived. On Monday, which was the last day to participate, the broadcaster received 150 songs. The last song arrived yesterday at 23:56, but the first one was sent to RTVE just two minutes after the window opened, on September 1.
Less is more?
You’d think that after the success of “SloMo”, Spain would receive more songs this year… but it’s actually not the case.
RTVE received 876 songs, down ten from last year. 455 of them entered via the web procedure, 27 were sent via e-mail and the labels sent the remaining 394.
That last part is quite important, as 12 out of the 14 songs from last year came directly from the labels. And actually, last year there were 194 proposals coming from their side, which means that number has doubled in 2023.
In theory, that should mean there’s more professional interest in the contest and fewer amateurish performers in the mix. That’s exactly what RTVE has tipped, as they said in the press release that there were more familiar faces this year.
And who could that include? Weeks ago, we told you about fans’ favourites in this post below, but there have been some surprises with today’s statement.
A long awaited return?
The rumour mill has been spinning for ages now, but just as RTVE broke the news, fans rushed to social media to comment on who may be in the Benidorm Fest line up.
One name seems pretty evident, and that’s the one of the older artists who’s entered. RTVE’s statement said that there’s an applicant who’s turning 76 years old this year. And there’s a profile who’s expressed interest on Benidorm Fest and casually turns 76 in December. That’s Karina, who represented Spain at Eurovision 1971.
Karina has enjoyed success in Spain ever since she came second in Dublin 1971. She is one of the country’s most beloved artists.
Recently, she’s also become a social media darling, with her heart-warming videos on Instagram. She regularly posts super sweet and polite messages for her followers and she even had a “hit” during the pandemic: a song that endeared people to use masks for protecting themselves against coronavirus.
And even more recently, she asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to not use nuclear bombs against Ukraine. “Putin don’t press the button”, she sang. What would Teapacks say?
According to RTVE, at least one of last year’s performers wants to give it a second go, and there are a few options.
We can already discount some of them: Javiera Mena, Rayden and Varry Brava have publicly said they’re not entering, although the three of them have stated they would love to try again, either as singers or songwriters, in the future.
Mucha suerte a los que se hayan presentado https://t.co/DlrHd9U1qM— R A Y D E N (@soyRayden) October 11, 2022
It’s pretty unlikely that Chanel or Tanxugueiras will try again, and Rigoberta Bandini is taking a break from music after she finishes her tour later this year.
Who could it be? Maybe Gonzalo Hermida, who couldn’t take the stage last year as he got covid during the Benidorm Fest week? Can you imagine Luna Ki actually entering for real this year?
What do you expect from Benidorm Fest in 2023? Who do you want to see compete? Who’s coming back?