Benidorm Fest details are like mini eurodramas within the Spanish fandom: There’s always something extra. And on Wednesday, the composition of both semi finals — and a week full of events staged alongside the contest — were announced. There’s even a tapas competition. Let’s dig in…
Benidorm Fest 2023: The Semi Finals
First things first: Producers revealed which artists will compete in each semi final. They did not, however, reveal the running order. Only four of the nine contestants will qualify for the finale. This is bound to be a blood bath:
Benidorm Fest 2023: Semi Final 1
- Agoney – “Quiero Arder”
- Alice Wonder – “Yo quisiera”
- Aritz – “Flamenco”
- Fusa Nocta – “Mi Familia”
- Megara – “Arcadia”
- Meler – “No Nos Moverán”
- Sharonne – “Aire”
- Sofía Martín – “Tuki”
- Twin Melody – “Sayonara”
Benidorm Fest 2023: Semi Final 2
- Alfred García – “Desde Que Tú Estás”
- Blanca Paloma – “Eaea”
- E’FEMME – “Uff!”
- Famous – “La Lola”
- José Otero – “Inviernos en Marte”
- Karmento – “Quiero y Duelo”
- Rakky Ripper – “Tracción”
- Siderland – “Que Esclati Tot”
- Vicco – “Nochentera”
Benidorm Fest 2023: Side events
Benidorm Fest is set to become a mini Eurovision in 2023. There are already two weekly Eurovision parties set for the evening, hosted by our colleagues at Eurovision-Spain.com and EuroFansClub. Today RTVE announced several side events.
Kicking things off will be the Red Carpet, set for Sunday 29 at 20.00 CET. Right after that Benidorm’s local orchestra will perform as well as Eurovision 2002 singer Rosa López and Spain’s JESC 2022 entrant Carlos Higes.
Benidorm Fest’s semi finals happen on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday and Wednesday there will be two concerts which will mix past Eurovision stars, Benidorm Fest 2022 entrants and some of the artists who were almost selected for BF 2023.
This has the aim of bringing new talents together with established stars. Among the names you may recognise are Ruth Lorenzo, Tanxugueiras, Azúcar Moreno, Karina and yes, Sara Deop.
¡En esta edición vamos a más en el festival! ?— Eurovisión RTVE (@eurovision_tve) January 11, 2023
Más emoción y más música. Tenemos más actividades previstas durante los días del Benidorm Fest entre el 29 de enero y el 4 de febrero con el Euroclub.
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Finally, right before the final on Friday, an open air concert will take place in Tecnohito. That’s a square in downtown Benidorm. It’s home to that tower which projects Benidorm Fest promotion all year long.
Soraya (Spain 2009), Ronela Hajati (Albania 2022) and WRS (Romania 2022) will perform there with former Benidorm Fest stars Marta Sango and Gonzalo Hermida.
If there’s any kind of food that defines Spain, that’s tapas. And so, Benidorm city hall, the regional government and a couple dozen bars in the city will host Tapa Fest during the week.
In this event, each bar will have a special tapa for 2,5 euros and people will be able to vote for their favourite. And as someone who’s been many times to Benidorm, let me say this: most of this places are amazing **drooling face emoji**
Are you ready for Benidorm Fest? Who will qualify from each semi final? Excited to see any returning artist? Which tapas is your favourite? Are you planning to come? Let us know in the comment section below!