Tonight: Benidorm Fest 2023 kicks off in Spain: Semifinal #1

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,690 views

Buenas tardes Europe, this is Benidorm calling! The 2023 Spanish national selection, Benidorm Fest, kicks off tonight with its first semi-final.

We are heading to the sunny shores of Spain for the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest 2023.

How to watch?

You can watch Benidorm Fest 2023 Semi-final #1 at 22:50 CET via the following channels:

  • TVE 1
  • TVE Internacional  (Europe)
  • RTVE PLay

About the Show

A total of 9 acts will battle during tonight’s show for four spots in the Grand Final. The four acts with the highest results will qualify to the Grand Final after a mixed jury (50%), televoting (25%), demoscopic  audience voting (25%) deliberation.

The show will be held in Benidorm and will be hosted by Monica Naranjo, Ines Hernand and Rodrigo Vazquez.

Edurne (Spain 2015), Monica Naranjo and Leo Rizzi and will performing during the interval of the show as special guests.

The Participants

  • AgoneyQuiero Arder
  • Alice WonderYo Quisiera
  • Aritz Aren – Flamenco
  • Fusa NoctaMi Familia
  • Megara – Arcadia
  • Meler No Nos Moverán
  • Sharonne – Aire
  • Sofía Martín – Tuki
  • Twin Melody – Sayonara

The Jury

  • Christer Bjorkman (Sweden 1992, Show Producer Eurovision  2013, 2016, 2017, Producer at Eurovision 2019, Melodifestivalen Producer )
  • Katrina Leskanich ( UK 1997- Eurovision winner)
  • Tali Eshkoli ( Head  of Event at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019/member of the Israeli Delegation at Eurovision)
  • William Lee Adams ( Wiwibloggs founder and manager)
  • Nicola Cagliore ( Former Head of Italian Delegation/ former Reference Group Member at ESC  and former EBU TV Committee member)
  • Jose Juan Santana ( OGAE Spain President and composer of Montenegro 2009 and San Marino 2012)
  • Nina (Spain 1988)
  • Irene Valiente ( Radio 3)

Benidorm Fest 2023

The 2023 Benidorm Fest will consist of three live televised shows (two semi-finals and a Grand Final). A total of 18 acts will compete in the 2023 Spanish national selection, 9 acts will battle in each of the two semi-finals, the top four acts from each semi-final will proceed to the Grand Final. Hence a total of 8 acts will battle for the golden to Eurovision 2023 in the Grand Final. Benidorm Fest 2023 will run from 29 January-4 February.

Spain will determine its 2023 entry and act on Saturday 4 February 2023.

  • 29/01/ 2023- Benidorm Fest 2023 Opening Ceremony
  • 31/01/2023- Benidorm Fest 2023 Semi-final #1
  • 02/02/2023- Benidorm Fest 2023 Semi-final #2
  • 04/02/2023- Benidorm Fest 2023 Grand Final

The 2023 Spanish Eurovision entry will be determined via 50/50 jury public deliberation. The jury will consist of an international and national professionals whilst the public voting will consist of 25% demoscopic voting and 25% of televoting.