Benidorm calling, the city of skyscrapers to host Spain’s Eurovision jury

BENIDORM will host the Spanish judges for next month’s Eurovision Song Contest and TV presenter, Nieves Álvarez will deliver the Spanish vote from the Manhattan of the Mediterranean.

Following the success of the first Benidorm Fest, a new music event held in January this year to choose Spain’s entry for the song contest, RTVE has decided Benidorm is the ideal city to represent Spain when the country’s votes are given.

Singer Chanel, with her trophy following her win at the first Benidorm Fest (

The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 14 May in Turin, with two semi-finals on 10 and 12. Spain will be represented in Italy by Chanel, singing SloMo the song which gained her the top spot at the grand finale in Benidorm back in January.

The Benidorm Fest, which is set to return next year, was a national and international success, with the gala of the final becoming the most-watched programme on La 1, with almost 3 million viewers, as well as being the most-watched show of the day. The event also captured the interest of social media users and was a global trending topic on Twitter in 13 countries with 385 million users.

The two semi-finals were watched by 10.7 million people, 91% of whom were aged between 18 and 34.

Benidorm City Hall and TVE are currently working on details of an event which will be the main show before the final gala in Turin and will concentrate Eurovision fans in Benidorm and which, during the vote, will project Benidorm’s image internationally.

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