Spain 2024: Your guide to the 'Benidorm Fest' final02 February 2024 at 15:43 CET
How To Watch: The grand final of 'Benidorm Fest' is happening on Saturday 3 February, with the broadcast starting at 22:00 CET. You can stream the whole show live at the Spanish broadcaster's online player, RTVE Play.
We're now in our third year of tuning in to Spain's bright and sunny pre-selection, Benidorm Fest. And starting the year off with a trip to the Costa Blanca has understandably become a welcome new tradition on the Eurovision national final calendar.
In Benidorm, it's a week-long fiesta, with two semi-finals on the Tuesday and Thursday and a grand final on the Saturday. Now that the two semi-finals of Benidorm Fest 2024 have played out already, we're down to our exciting final on Saturday 3 February.
22:00 CET is the time to mark in your diary. It's then that Spanish broadcaster RTVE opens its doors to the Palau Municipal d'Esports l'Illa de Benidorm and invites all of us to watch along as it finds out which song that Spain is going to Say Yay to.
Our hosts for the night will be Ana Prada, Marc Calderó and one face that will be very familiar to Eurovision fans, Ruth Lorenzo. 10 years ago at Copenhagen 2014, Ruth gave Spain a Top 10 placing at the Contest with her rousing rendition of Dancing In The Rain. And we've looked upon precipitation more positively ever since!
Ana, Marc and Ruth presided over both semi-finals of Benidorm Fest 2024, too. In Tuesday night's semi-final they guided us through the first set of 8 songs competing, with Miss Caffeina, Nebulossa, Sofia Coll and Angy Fernández all qualifying to Saturday night's final.
We also got to see Benidorm Fest 2023's break-out domestic hit Nochentera performed as one of the interval acts.
In Thursday night's semi-final, the second batch of 8 entries were performed, with María Peláe, Almácor, Jorge González and St. Pedro voted through to the Benidorm Fest final.
The interval acts included a performance from Spain's artist at the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, Sergio Dalma.
As with the semi-finals, voting for the final comes via three sources: an expert jury, a demoscopic jury and a public vote.
The expert jury is made up of 8 members (4 Spanish and 4 international), and contributes 50% of the points. The demoscopic jury is comprised of a cross-section of the Spanish population and accounts for 25% of the vote. The remaining 25% of the scores is down to the Spanish public viewing at home.
To find out who'll be following in the footsteps of Chanel and Blanca Paloma, you can watch the Benidorm Fest 2024 final on Saturday 3 February.
Below, you can listen to each of the 8 songs in contention to represent Spain at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, as well as learn a little bit more about each artist performing them.
María Peláe – Remitente
María Peláe is a singer and songwriter from Málaga who was born in 1990. She has a successful career of more than 15 years, with multiple awards to her name. In 2016, she released her first álbum, Hipocondría, and in 2020 she began an innovative tour that fused folklore, singer/songwriter sounds and flamenco music. Her second album, La Folcrónica (2022), won the Odeón award for Best Flamenco Album, which led to another successful tour. In addition to all of the above, she is a versatile composer. In June 2023, she was awarded the Rainbow Award from the Ministry of Equality and released La Putukita, a song that precedes her album Al Baño María.
St. Pedro – Dos Extraños (Cuarto de Cuerda)
st. Pedro is the alter ego of the artist and composer Pedro Hernández. After being a finalist in La Voz España, Pedro joined Interscope Records with the mission of projecting a new way of understanding Latin music. After publishing his first single, Romance, he is now working on his new album that will be released in the coming months; a concept album that immerses us in a journey through different Latin rhythms, ranging from ballads to salsa, ranchera and merengue.
Angy Fernández – Sé Quién Soy
Angy Fernández, born in Palma de Mallorca in 1990, is a singer, actress and presenter. She gained recognition as one of the finalists of the first edition of the talent show X Factor. The songs she has released since then include Quiero que me dejes salir, Sola en el silencio and Boy Toy. After 10 years away from music, she made a comeback with the song Dualidad. She also gained popularity thanks to her role as Paula Blasco in the beloved TV series Física o Química.
Jorge González – Caliente
Jorge's passion for and relationship with music began at a very young age, with him participating in TV shows such as Operación Triunfo 2006, La Voz and Tu cara me suena, the latter of which he won. In 2021, he participated in the acclaimed New Wave festival (Russia), reaching third position. During the last year, he has released his album Íntimo and the single Agüita, with Soraya Arnelas.
Nebulossa – Zorra
Nebulossa is a synthpop duo formed by María Bas (vocals and production) and Mark Dasousa (synthesizers, production). The duo's music always contains two important factors: a lot of pop music and a lot of synth. And they make music based on the sounds and melodies of the '80s. Poliédrica de mí is the title of the debut album that the duo released in 2021, after previewing songs such as Glam, chosen as Best Song of 2021 by the Indie Cool jury. The band is currently on tour, passing through venues and festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Zaragoza. They have won the Studio mans contest and have also been nominated for the Pop eye awards as Best New Group.
Sofia Coll – Here To Stay
Sofia Coll is a singer, dancer, actress, composer and presenter from Barcelona. Extroverted, charismatic, edgy and fashion-forward, she is known for her participation in La Voz Kids 2014, Bany Compartit and, more recently, in Euforia 2. She is currently working as a presenter on the programs Dèficit d’Atenció and Epic Nails. The last two years, she has been working on her next musical project between Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Her main references are pop culture, camp and the most current trends. Her first album, Génesis, rightly earned her a loyal fanbase.
Miss Caffeina – Bla Bla Bla
Alberto Jiménez (vocals), Sergio Sastre (keyboards, guitar and synthesizer) and Antonio Poza (guitar and electric bass) are the members of this alternative electronic pop band that began its journey in 2005. Throughout their career, Miss Caffeina have stood out for their artistic evolution and their energetic live shows that have become indispensable in the calendar of the most important festivals on the music scene. In April 2023, they released their latest EP Shanghai Baby, which represents something of a new stage for the band. It is a musical and personal reset that they wanted to do and that they consider necessary to position themselves in a world that is rising from the post-pandemic ashes.
Almácor – Brillos Platino
Almácor began to be interested in music when he was a child. His first musical connections came when he was only 8 years old: "My cousin and my grandfather played the guitar, that's how my love for music began”. During his teenage years, he went through many moments that were marked by the variety of artists he listened to frequently at that time: "I listened to American underground rap, reggaetón or pop… very eclectic”.
Almácor, 26 years old, also composes music for other artists such as Nyno Vargas, Ms Nina, Elettra Lamborgini, Aina Da Silva and Mar Lucas.
At the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, Spain was represented by Benidorm Fest 2023's winner, Eaea by Blanca Paloma. The song finished in 17th place at the Grand Final, with a total of 100 points.
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.