Don’t say sayonara, say hello to the stars of Benidorm Fest 2023! Tonight in Madrid the PrePartyES kicks off with its Welcome Party, which features 19 acts. You’ll remember most of them — including Benidorm Fest winner Blanca Paloma — from the most recent edition of the contest. Eurovision 2009 act Soraya Arnelas will serve as master of ceremonies.

Madrid PrePartyES 2023: Welcome Party Livestream

Benidorm Fest acts

Alfred García

Aritz

Blanca Paloma (Eurovision 2023 partipant)

E’Femme

Famous

Fusa Nocta

José Otero

Karmento

Megara

Meler

Rakky Ripper

Siderland

Sofía Martín

Twin Melody

Vicco

They’ll be joined by some true Eurovision legends…

Diodato (Italy 2020)

Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012)

Kaliopi (Macedonia 1996, 2012 and 2016)

Cláudia Pascoal (Portugal 2018)

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On top of tonight’s artists, a total of 28 acts from Eurovision 2023 have landed in the city for tomorrow’s concert. 

Our bloggers Bernardo, Katie and Luis have been on-the-ground all day. They’ve attended sound checks and watched acts from Moldova’s Pasha Parfeny to Georgia’s Iru arrive at the La Riviera welcome event.

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Poul Rissen
Poul Rissen
10 months ago

Austria slayed! Go girls!

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 months ago

All i have to say about yesterday’s party IS that i had the most amazing gay toilet sex in ages… And yes, there was someone singing whatever outside..

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

It seems that at least 5 people were not as Lucky as me.

mikoPoland
mikoPoland
10 months ago

Armenia,France and Austria was amazing <3

Grft
Grft
10 months ago

Austria SLAYED. Congrats Teya & Salena!! Top5 secured

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Austria Will flop. Wait for the Liverpool staging and then cry

Grft
Grft
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Werent you having some toilet s*x all night long? Worry about that

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
10 months ago

First of all, amazing show! I think this was the best pre-party ever! I watched the whole stream and thanks to Eurovision-Spain, for uploading every act, and of course Wiwi which uploaded many of them as well! Having Ruslana, Konstrakta, Kaliopi and many others was amazing as well, and I have to mention Kaliopi, absolutely the best performance of the night with Crno i Belo, that woman is almost 60 and sings with such magnitude, level, everything, for 40 years, it a privilege to listen! Out of people which we didn’t hear live so far, Netherlands were absolutely the worst,… Read more »

SunChine
SunChine
10 months ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

Slovenia also delivered as usual.

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
10 months ago
Reply to  SunChine

True, but that’s nothing new 🙂 Didn’t mention Moldova as well, they had technical issues, but were fine as well. Serbia was also fine.

Zanoni
Zanoni
10 months ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

I agree with basically everything until you get to the last paragraph, as three of the songs you feel nothing for I adore. Different strokes, I suppose. Netherlands is that song that I feel nothing for, and I’d be fine with a substandard performance clearing the way for the reliably Mimicat or Sudden Lights to qualify.

Zanoni
Zanoni
10 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

*reliably excellent

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
10 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Sure, we are all different 🙂 I just feel those types of songs need something upbeat and amazing interpretation, like Alika. The song itself is meh, but she is one the best ES vocals in the last 10 years. If I am in a bar, drinking beer with my friends and see Mimicat performing, I would probably enjoy. But that’s all, it is at least for me, mid, nothing spectacular, I will forget it in an hour. Nothing against any of the artists, I respect their talent and effort.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

Well said and I agree that this was by far the best pre-party so far. Austria and Armenia were the best for me, among the songs performed live for the first time. Australia and France were also good and Netherlands was the only huge disappointment. The lack of chemistry and charisma means that there’s no much left to enjoy from the song unfortunately. Among the favourites, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed any of them – Loreen, Alessandra, and Käärijä all seemed to be there just to enjoy the party. I feel that UK is heading to a car crash… Read more »

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
10 months ago

Austria will win Semifinal 2.

Easily.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

They should and tbh I can’t see much competition so far.

Mileva
Mileva
10 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Honestly, I love their song, but they did not sound good live.

John
John
10 months ago

Seems Agoney must have said no, then. A shame. I’m not sure his Eurovision experience this time round was a positive one, with some of the flak his entry got.

I think he’s a particularly gifted singer, so I hope he changes his mind that he does not intend to retry for Eurovision.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 months ago
Reply to  John

Agoney has an ego like ur House an part of the neighbour’s… He didnt win the Benidorm Fest, he hates Eurovision right now. If he is not as successful as he thinks he deserves to b, he Will be on Benidorm Fest again.

John
John
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

If this means he has another run at it then I’m happy. He has a voice that could haunt a house.

Fabrizo
Fabrizo
10 months ago

Blanca Paloma seems very genuine and happy to perform, where as Noa Kirel doesn’t care about performing for fans at all. I guess she is the type of artist who we’ll never see performing ever at Eurovision related events, maybe that 900k budget wasn’t enough to buy that attitude away.

Alecs
Alecs
10 months ago

Just left the party. What a party. Spanish people really know how to party. Thanks guys for this mini ESC. First time in Madrid and the athmosphere was 10/10.

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
10 months ago

Love Blanca Paloma, is a potencial winner this year , absolutely,

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
10 months ago
Reply to  Frank Arthur

Has her song been remixed? The Israel performance seem to have added more bass.

Watermelon
Watermelon
10 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

You can watch her performance in RTVE.es

miranda
miranda
10 months ago
Reply to  Frank Arthur

She is not sorry