Benidorm will become the Spanish Eurovision epicenter this week with the second semifinal of the Benidorm Fest, where we will see the last eight contestants, of which only 4 will advance to the grand final next Saturday.
Who are the participants?
Below, you can see the performance order of the eight contestants of the second semifinal:
What is the mechanics of Benidorm Fest 2024?
Decisions at the Benidorm Fest 2024 are made using a mixed voting system, where 50% belongs to a professional jury with 8 members both national and international, and the other 50% is divided among a demoscopic jury conducted by an external company with a total of 350 people and between public vote.
Once the eight performances of the first semifinal are completed, the festival presenters (Ruth Lorenzo, Marc Calderó, and Ana Prada) will announce the opening of phone lines so that viewers can cast their votes through SMS or calls.
Once the lines are closed, it’s time to know the results of each participant in the voting. First, the results of the professional jury will be announced, where each of its 8 members will award 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 points to the candidates.
Secondly, the result of the demoscopic jury will be announced, which will result in a classification according to the number of votes and will translate into 40, 35, 30, 28, 25, 22, 20, and 16 points respectively.
Finally, it will be the turn to know the verdict of the televoting, of which a ranking will also be made according to the calls and SMS received, and these positions will also be transformed into 40, 35, 30, 28, 25, 22, 20, and 16 points respectively.
The result of the sum of all points will determine which four candidates qualify for the grand final to be held on February 3rd, and from which we will know who will represent Spain in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.
In case of a tie after the sum of the jury and public scores, the winner will be the artist who receives the best score from the jury. In the case of the semifinals, it will only be resolved up to the fourth place, which is the cutoff that determines which artist qualifies for Saturday’s final.
How and where to watch the second semifinal of the Benidorm Fest 2024?
The second semifinal of the Benidorm Fest 2024 will start at 10:50 PM CET and will last for 100 minutes. The show can be watched live on La 1 in Spain, on the website rtve.es/play, on the event page on our website, and on our multiplex system.
Who will be the jury of the Benidorm Fest 2024?
The complete composition of the jury for this Benidorm Fest 2024 will take 50% of the decision in each of the shows, and in case of a tie, they will make the final decision for the next representative of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The national jury will be composed of:
Beatriz Luengo (SPOKESPERSON): singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. Winner of two Latin Grammys. Ángela Carrasco: singer-songwriter, actress, and singing teacher. She became known after sweeping in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, in which she played Mary Magdalene alongside Camilo Sesto. Carlos Baute: singer, songwriter, actor, and Hispanic-Venezuelan presenter. He has recently been part of the RTVE program “Incredible Duos”. Guille Milkyway: Singer, DJ, songwriter, and music producer. Leader of the group La Casa Azul, which competed in Save Eurovision 2008, the Spanish preselection.
The international jury will be composed of:
Lee Smithurst, head of delegation of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest and executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. David Tserunyan, head of delegation of Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest, member of the Eurovision Reference Group, and executive producer of Eurovision Junior 2022 in Yerevan (Armenia). Marta Piekarska, head of the Polish delegation at Eurovision. Nicoline Refsing, stage designer and creative and artistic director of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen (Denmark). She was responsible for the staging of Melani with “Marte” at Eurovision Junior 2019.
About the hosts
Singer Ruth Lorenzo (1982) takes on the great challenge of hosting the Benidorm Fest 2024. The Murcian artist began her artistic career in the United Kingdom, becoming very popular after her appearance on the talent show “The X Factor”. In 2014, she fulfilled her great dream of representing Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen (Denmark). With “Dancing In The Rain”, Ruth Lorenzo received 74 points which translated into a 10th place.
After her stint on Telecinco, Marc Calderó joined RTVE in 2022. He recently participated in the debate of the program “El Conquistador”. For a year, he co-hosted the morning program “Hablando Claro” with Lourdes Maldonado. He was also responsible for presenting Carlos Higes as the representative of Spain at Eurovision Junior 2022.
Meanwhile, Ana Prada is a regular reporter for RTVE in the Valencian Community. For years, she was a reporter for the program “España Directo” on La 1. In recent years, she has become more popular and well-known by being part of the broadcast of the San Fermín bull runs. Recently, she has been one of the presenters of the Three Kings Parade special on RTVE. Ana will be in the green room to chat with the artists.