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RTVE has announced that a total of 876 songs have been submitted to compete in Benidorm Fest 2023, the Spanish Eurovision selection process.
The Spanish public broadcaster has announced that a total of 876 songs have been submitted to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The number of submissions is down 12 from 2022, however, the number of songs from record labels and publishers has increased considerably.
Of the 876 songs that were submitted 455 were via a web form and 45 by email, while a further 394 were sent by record labels and publishing companies. The number of songs from record labels and publishing companies increased by 200 submissions from the 2022 selection process.
RTVE commented that there is a mix of both new artists and established artists that have submitted songs to the competition. Of note are that there are past Eurovision participants among the submissions as well as artists who competed in Benidorm Fest 2022.
A team at RTVE will now listen to all of the submissions and select the best 16 to go through to the televised selection. In November the selected artists will be communicated with so they can create the final version of their songs.
All of the shows of Benidorm Fest 2023 will be presented by Monica Naranjó and will take place in Palau Municipal d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm. A total of 16 entries will take part in the semi-finals, an increase of 14 from last year. Of these entries, 8 will take part in the Grand Final. RTVE will also select six reserve entries, in case one of more of the entries is withdrawn.
The voting system remains the same as last year. In all three shows, the results will be decided by a professional jury (50%), a demoscopic jury (25%) and public voting (25%). The professional jury will comprise of Spanish and international music industry professionals.
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Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since, making them the longest participating country that has never withdrawn. Spain has won the contest on two occasions; the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest. The 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
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