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Spain: Submissions for Benidorm Fest 2023 open

The submissions to become Spain's representative at Eurovision 2023 are officially open. Whoever's interested may apply until 10 October for a slot to compete at Benidorm Fest

The Benidorm Fest will remain as Spain's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest after the huge success of Chanel at Eurovision 2022 with "SloMo" that brought Spain back to the competition's top 3.

With this being said, anyone who's interest in represent the country at Eurovision 2023 may now apply for one of the 16 slots available at next year's Benidorm Fest if eligible. Amongst the requirements is the nationality factor and the song lyrics. The submission window closes on 10 October.

RTVE – Spain's public broadcaster – had already unveiled the rules for competing at the national selection but given the great success of the first edition, the list didn't suffer much modifications: there will still be three live shows (two semi-finals and a Final) and the voting system will also remain intact... Despite of the fact that it was heavily criticized last year:

  • 50% from the professional jury;
  • 25% from the televote;
  • 25% from the demoscopic vote.

Now, in case of a tie, the jury holds the power to decide: the door is once more open for controversy.

Benidorm Fest 2022 featured 14 songs that, before showtime, became 13 as Luna Ki's "Voy a Morir" ended up withdrawing due to the usage of autotune... That is now part of the set of rules. Next year, two more songs will be added and a total of 16 songs will compete.

Finally, it will be once again possible to watch the show live from Benidorm. The ticket price will go from 20 to 60 Euros and should be put on sale shortly after summertime. On top of that, RTVE confirmed that the capacity will be increased from last year which means... A larger audience.

Benidorm Fest 2023

As stated above, the Benidorm Fest 2023 will be Spain's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to be held in the United Kingdom. The event will be divided into three live shows:

  • Semi-Final 1: 31 January 2023
  • Semi-Final 2: 2 February 2023
  • Final: 4 February 2023

Spain in Eurovision Song Contest

Spain 2022: Chanel - "SloMo"

Spain has participated in Eurovision Song Contest 61 times since its debut in 1961. They have won twice, in 1968 (La, La, La...) and the folowing year, 1969 (Vivo Cantando).

Spain is a member of "Big-5", and therefore don't have to qualify for the Grand Final. Spain is also a member of the "club zero", because they have managed to get zero points 3 times. They have ended last 5 times in Eurovision history, latest in 2017.

Spain 2022: Chanel - "SloMo"

Best known song for Spain is probably the song "Eres Tú" from Eurovision 1973 (2nd place, only four points from victory).

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 29 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest twice - 2018 and 2019 - but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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