Spain: A guide to the 'Benidorm Fest' final04 February 2023 at 10:00 CET
HOW TO WATCH: The 'Benidorm Fest' final takes place on Saturday 4 February at 22:05 CET. Spanish broadcaster RTVE are offering a live stream that can be seen by international viewers, on RTVE Player.
After the format yielded a third-place finish at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Turin in 2022, with SloMo by Chanel, Benidorm Fest is back for its second edition in 2023. Two semi-finals of the Spanish contest have already seen 18 songs whittled down to just 8 for Saturday night's big final.
At the Palau Municipal d'Esports l'Illa de Benidorm, these 8 songs will be performed live once again, competing to pick up points from no less than 3 different sets of scoring. At the Benidorm Fest final, as with its semi-finals, scores will come in from an expert jury (accounting for 50% of the vote), a public televote (25% of the vote) and a demoscopic jury (350 members of the public, representing a cross-section of demographics in Spain, also accounting for 25% of the vote).
On the night, Inés Hernand, Mónica Naranjo and Rodrigo Vázquez will be on hosting duties. Not only will they be presenting the songs and speaking with the artists in the green room, but they'll also be introducing the guest performers for the evening. During the Benidorm Fest final, there will be live performances by 2 popular artists, Ana Mena and Manuel Carrasco. And one of our hosts, the popstar Mónica Naranjo, will also be taking to the stage to treat viewers to a special rendition of one of her most iconic songs.
Benidorm Fest's reigning 'reina', Chanel, is also in town for the main event, and won't be letting the occasion pass by without at least saying 'Hola'!
But who might be taking over Chanel's tenure as Benidorm Fest winner?....
In the morning of Friday 3 February, a draw was held by RTVE in Benidorm, to decide the running order in which the songs will be performed on Saturday night. Here's how the lineup will look: