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Spain: 4 Lucky Acts Qualify for Benidorm Fest Finale

Nearly 1, 044,000 fans tuned in to watch the first semi-final of Benidorm

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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SPAIN: Spain’s Benidorm Fest 2023’s first finalists have been chosen. These four participants will be back on stage on 4th February in order to represent their respective countries at Eurovision 2023.

Benidorm Fest 2023 gears up for its finale

This is for the second year in a row that Benidorm returns for Spain’s national selection for Eurovision following Chanel’s (Spain 2022) huge success.

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The city was hyped, and people adorned themselves in fancy clothes, dressed up for the occasion converting their national selection into a smaller-scale Eurovision fest as fans from across the globe joined the most spectacular event. 

Nearly 1, 044,000 fans tuned in to watch the first semi-final of Benidorm. The show was the second most-viewed program in Spain last night. The country had earlier participated in the Eurovision song contest 61 times since 1961. They won twice, in 1968 and 1969. 

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The most-anticipated first semi-final of the famous Benidorm Fest 2023 had a total of nine acts, five of which were rejected, leading to the finest four who earned the tickets for the final round of national selection. 

Spain has the “Big-5” privilege that automatically qualifies it for the Grand Finale without going through the semi-final round. Spain is also included in “club zero”, which means they have been able to procure zero points three times.

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Local and International media filled the Palu Minicipal d’Esports I’IIIa de Benodorm, where a lot of other Eurovision personas were present, like Edurne, who had represented Spain in 2015 and had performed at the semi-final as the interval act, as well as the incredibly supportive Spanish fans. 

The Jury vote (50%), demoscopic jury (25%), and televote (25%) were how the voting system was divided this year. RTVE was not backed down this year owing to the criticisms that were directed to the jury decision weightage last year.

There would be a total of three shows that would choose the best candidate for Liverpool. The hosts of these shows would be Inés Hernand, Mónica Naranjo and Rodrigo Vázquez. 

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