After Benidorm Fest 2023 selected Agoney, Alice Wonder, Fusa Nocta and Megara as its first four finalists, there are two more galas ahead to find the person or group who will represent Spain in May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
This Thursday, February 2, the second semi-final will be broadcast live on La 1 de TVE from 10:50 p.m., with an approximate duration of 90 minutes. It will be held at the Palau d’Esports l’Illa, nine contenders will take part, four of whom will advance to the final and with Blanca Paloma the big favorite to fight against Agoney for the final victory, not counting the surprises that that live performances entail.
According to the official order of performances, this gala will feature Famous with La Lola, José Otero with Inviernos en Marte, Karmento with Quiero y Duelo, Rakky Ripper with Tracción, Blanca Paloma with EAEA, E’FEMME with Uff!, Siderland with Que esclati dead, Alfred with Desde que tú estás and Vicco with Nonchentera.
The Benidorm Fest 2022 final will be broadcast on La 1 on Saturday 4 February from 22:05. This is where the eight finalist candidates are measured. Both galas will be hosted by singer Mónica Naranjo, Rodrigo Vázquez (host of the El cazador competition) and Inés Hernand, who previously hosted the festival in 2022. They can also be followed live from a second screen, that of RTVE Play, the public broadcaster’s free content-on-demand platform.
A special, The Night of the Benidorm Fest, will be broadcast before and after the semi-finals. Miki Núñez, Spanish representative at Eurovision 2019 and former candidate of the Operación Triunfo, and Aitor Albizua, responsible for one of the public channel’s new competitions, El comodín de La 1, will be his presenters.
The voting system has hardly changed compared to the previous year, apart from the stronger international presence of the members of the expert jury. Your rating accounts for 50% of the score. The other half will go to the public vote, although in this case it will be divided into two: 25% will correspond to the demoscopic jury – a statistical selection of 350 people representing the Spanish population – and 25% will depend on the televoting is by the messages and phone calls made by viewers of each of the live galas.
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