Sat. Apr 20th, 2024
RTVE dismisses Eva Mora as head of delegation. María Eizaguirre will continue to lead the organization of the events and the communication of the festival. Pablo Cebrián, Rayden, and Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson will be the music advisors for the Benidorm Fest 2024.

Just a few days after the Liverpool’s contest where Blanca Paloma achieved a seventeenth position, RTVE makes a move in its strategy with one of its flagship programs, Eurovision and its preselection, the Benidorm Fest. The corporation has decided to remove journalist Eva Mora from the position of head of delegation, which will be exclusively occupied by Ana María Bordas, director of Originales at RTVE. Bordas had previously held the position of head of delegation between 2017 and 2021.

Furthermore, Bordas will co-direct the third edition of the Benidorm Fest alongside César Vallejo, deputy director of Premieres at RTVE Play. María Eizaguirre, director of Communication and Participation at RTVE, will continue to lead the organization of the events and the communication of the Benidorm Fest.

As confirmed by the corporation, the music festival organized by RTVE will also have three music advisors: Pablo Cebrián, musician, composer, and music producer, David Martínez (Rayden), singer and participant in the Benidorm Fest 2022, and Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, producer and composer closely linked to Eurovision.

All of them will be part of an expert committee that will consist of a total of ten people related to RTVE, Eurovision, and the music industry: José Pablo López, director of General Content at RTVE, Ana María Bordas, María Eizaguirre, César Vallejo, Pablo Cebrián, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, David Martínez (Rayden), Virginia Díaz, director of the program ‘180 grados’ on Radio 3 and presenter of ‘Cachitos de hierro y cromo’ on La 2, Tony Aguilar, Eurovision commentator at RTVE, and choreographer Miryam Benedited.

This committee will be responsible for evaluating the proposals that have been submitted to RTVE since the submission period opened on May 16 until October 10. Once concluded, they will select the 16 candidate entries vying for the Bronze Microphone of the Benidorm Fest 2023 and a spot to represent Spain in the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Sweden.

EVA MORA STEPS DOWN AS HEAD OF DELEGATION

In this new organizational structure, the former head of the Spanish delegation at Eurovision, journalist Eva Mora, is left without a position. Associated with RTVE since 2000, where she has worked as an editor and reporter in the News Services, she assumed the role of head of delegation in August 2021, after RTVE announced in July of that year the selection of the Spanish representative for Eurovision in Benidorm, the Benidorm Fest, following an agreement with the Valencian Government and the Benidorm City Council.

Her objectives in just these two years have always been to consolidate the format of the Benidorm Fest, strengthen the brand, and make it a showcase for Spanish culture and music. Reflecting this philosophy, Mora has always advocated for RTVE’s openness to all kinds of talent, without vetoes or limits. The former head of delegation had also cited the Swedish Melodifestivalen and the Italian Sanremo Festival as examples of preselections and mirrors to look up to.

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