RTVE have decided to change their head of delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest and shaken up the core team behind the Spanish entry for the competition ahead of 2024, in a move seen by many as unexpected.

Eva Mora, who was in charge of the delegation in 2022 and shared the responsibilities with Ana María Bordás in 2023, has been dismissed from this particular role and reportedly offered a role in RTVE’s entertainment department. With this, a restructuring of the team behind Benidorm Fest has also been announced. Bordás will continue as sole head of delegation, a role she undertook between 2017 and 2021.

The national selection for Spain, reintroduced in 2022, will now see general content director of RTVE José Pablo López head up a team consisting of Bordás, María Eizaguirre (Director of Communication and Participation at RTVE), César Vallejo (Deputy director of RTVE Play Premieres), Pablo Cebrián and Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson (music producers and composers) Rayden (singer and participant in Benidorm Fest 2022), Virginia Díaz (RTVE journalist), Tony Aguilar (Spanish Eurovision commentator since 2018) and Miryam Benedited (choreographer).

Online criticism of the move has already been vocal, ahead of an official announcement from RTVE expected in the coming days. Bordás’ previous stint in charge of the Spanish delegation did not see the Big 5 country escape the bottom five at the contest.

Spain will be hoping to bring another strong result after a disappointing 17th place for Blanca Paloma in Liverpool, despite the song being an odds and fan favourite and finishing in the top ten with the jury vote on the night. The rapid growth of Benidorm Fest as a creditable music festival with recent entries finding chart success will hopefully stand Spain in good stead for Eurovision 2024.

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