Hola Benidorm! It’s that time of the year again: Spain has confirmed its national final date for February 3.
Right by the city’s gorgeous coastline, RTVE announced the dates for the third edition of Benidorm Fest: The first semi-final will take place on Tuesday, January 30; the second, on Thursday, February 1 and the finale on February 3.
?? Save the date! Spain will choose its #Eurovision2024 act on 3 February during the final of #BenidormFest2024.— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) July 26, 2023
? The 16 participating artists will be revealed on 11 November during the #LatinGrammy Awards. pic.twitter.com/djtUGMPlOZ
16 acts will compete at Benidorm’s Palau l’Illa in order to get to Malmö. Or in order to replicate a smashing commercial success such as Vicco‘s. Or both.
Most excitingly, the list will be revealed on November 11 in Seville, the city which is hosting the Latin Grammys.
Benidorm Fest 2024: The competition
Following a long press conference, RTVE’s team unveiled some juicy stuff about how Benidorm Fest 2024 is developing and who will be taking part.
Co-director César Vallejo stressed that this year they’re putting extra emphasis on the idea of Benidorm Fest being the festival of Spanish music. “If you sell this as a competition, established artists won’t like the idea of coming 16th”.
“Some well-known artists are sometimes wary of taking part. That’s why we have to get people to perceive Benidorm not as a competition, but as a showcase of the best Spanish music”, he said.
Vallejo also clarified one of the main issues within the Benidorm Fest 2024 base: the song rights. RTVE will only hold 15% of the rights of the winning entry, and none from the rest. That means creators will largely get to keep their coin!
According to Head of Delegation Ana María Bordas this is merely a “symbolic percentage” so that RTVE doesn’t lose money when they play the winning song.
Eva Mora’s dismissal
Despite RTVE’s tendency of holding many press conferences, this was the first one held since Eva Mora, the former Head of Delegation, was fired. And thus her dismissal was one of the questions.
Head of Communication María Eizaguirre pointed out that RTVE “just like any other entreprise when seasons finish, takes decisions about the teams”. “I think that personally and publically, Eva has been thanked for her work”.
Fans, however, have pointed out that there hasn’t been any statement referring to that, and Eizaguirre didn’t reply precisely to the question of why Eva Mora wasn’t mentioned in the press release where the new organisation was announced.
There were also questions regarding Ana María Bordas and her status as Head of Delegation. Despite the fact that she had always been involved in Benidorm Fest and Eurovision, only Eva Mora was shown as head of delegation during 2022 and most of 2023.
Bordas explained that she hasn’t stop holding the position, and that’s why she was chosen as part of the Reference Group before Eurovision 2023. However, this was not announced before the contest.
Benidorm Mess: Massiel calls on PSOE to support Feijóo
You may be aware that there were general elections in Spain on Sunday, and that the result has left the country in a bit of uncertainty to say the least.
Eurovision 1968 winner, Massiel, has her opinion, and she decided to share it while being interviewed. After she was asked about her journey to London 55 years ago, she started saying: “I remember Feijóo saying he would ask Sánchez for support after he won and in the end, he has won. He should speak with Sánchez so they get a fucking agreement once and for all”.
“They’ve done this in Germany and it went really good, why do they have to try to invent another thing?”, she said. “Then you can cut this if you want”, she says.
What do you make of Benidorm Fest’s new edition? Will it be third time lucky for Spain? Let us know in the comment section below!