Just days after the stage hands wiped the glitter off the floor in Liverpool, Spain’s RTVE confirmed that it would return to Eurovision in 2024 — and said that it would once again use Benidorm Fest as its selection method.
And tonight Spanish broadcaster RTVE announced that it will reveal the 16 semi-finalists on November 11. If a reveal can count as a birth, then these songs are all Scorpios. Make us sting, honey!
Benidorm Fest 2024: The 16 semi-finalists will be revealed on November 11
RTVE made the announcement via its social media channels 15 minutes past 10pm local time, filling Eurofans with sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares as they imagine the artists in the pipeline.
The first semi-final will take place on Tuesday, January 30; the second, on Thursday, February 1 and the finale on February 3.
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Following a long press conference in July, 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 addressed one of the main issues within the Benidorm Fest 2024 process: 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.
Who do you want to see on the Benidorm stage in 2024? Let us know down below!