RTVE signs contract to host Benidorm Fest for four years

November 7, 2021

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The news was announced on November 5th by Spanish Head of Delegation, Eva Mora, in “Eurovisión, el festival que quieres” (Eurovision, the contest you want), a conference organised to discuss the future of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest.

As well as confirming this new four year contract, one thing that was discussed in the conference was the format of the show. It has been reported that there will be two semi finals and one final. Six acts will compete in each semi final, with three advancing to the final, with the winner being decided by a mix of televoting and jury voting. But how will the winning act be announced?

RTVE are still in the thought process of how the winner of Benidorm Fest will be announced. Ana María Bordás explains that revealing the only winner, and not the results of the other finalists, could be the way to go, as they are trying to avoid the artists fear of failure. By announcing the winner in this way, as we have seen in shows like Festivali i Këngës, it could encourage more acts to want to participate.

Spain were represented by Blas Cantó in Eurovision 2021 with his song “Voy A Quedarme”, finishing in 24th place. He was brought back to this years contest after the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.

Are you excited to see Benidorm Fest extended until 2026? How do you think they should announce the winning act? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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