Benidorm International Song Festival

Benidorm International Song Festival

The Benidorm International Song Festival or "Festival Internacional de la Canción de Benidorm" (in Spanish) is an annual song contest which takes place each summer, since 1959, in the city of Benidorm, Spain. The contest, based on the Italian Sanremo Music Festival, was born to promote Benidorm and the Spanish music. Over the years it has suffered considerable modifications: some editions didn't celebrate, several changes have been done in the prizes, etc. It became international in 2004. The contest is usually broadcasted on television by TVE or Canal 9. At present, the first prize winner is awarded with the Golden Mermaid Trophy ("Sirenita de Oro") and €36,000 (about US$47,000) to produce a record. Second and third place winners receive the Silver Mermaid Trophy ("Sirenita de Plata") and the Bronze Mermaid Trophy ("Sirenita de Bronce"), respectively.

Golden Mermaid Trophy winners

Note: (#) In 1983 the contest became a musical exhibit without winners. Complaints against this decision emerged.
Note: (*) Pop-Rock modality. (**) Ballad modality.

External links

* [ Benidorm International Song Festival] , in English and Spanish.
* [ Benidorm] , Overview with video of the city. From a local citizen.

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