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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Santa Cruz: Election of the carnival queen

Enrique Camacho, Laura Afonso, Gladis de León, Marta Sánchez and Carlos Baute

Wednesday 27 February 2019 and tonight is the climax of the contests to select the components of the year's carnival with the gala for the election of the carnival queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. If you're not excited about carnival yet, please check yourself for a pulse! A total of nineteen candidates are hopeful of winning tonight's accolade in the gala that will begin at 9:30 pm and is scheduled to have a duration of around 3 hours.

(OK, they say 2 hours 50 minutes, but this is a Canarian schedule!)

Performing at the gala tonight - that will be directed by Enrique Camacho and presented by Laura Afonso - will be singers, Marta Sánchez and Carlos Baute.

Carlos Baute, Marta Sánchez - Te sigo pensando

The jury that will choose the new Carnival Queen and her four maids of honour will be made up of José Luis Trujillo González, author of the Carnival Poster 2019 entitled "Encarnación del Carnaval Marino"; Kiko Perera, Consul of Slovakia, President of the Circle of Friendship XII de Enero and President of the College of Dentists of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Leticia Expósito Álvarez, stylist, make-up artist and image consultant; Ruth Dorta Hernández, Manager of the Entrepreneurs Association Zona Centro Santa Cruz; Patricia León Rodríguez, graduate in Fine Arts, Plastic Artist and Regional Prize of Plastic Arts 2006, Yurena Cazorla, professional make-up artist of cinema, advertising and fashion; Celestino Mesa Pérez, multidisciplinary artist; Beatriz Jarrin, journalist and presenter of radio and television, currently collaborator and reporter of the program to Arusitys de la Sexta; Jorge Martín Hernández, Doctor and medical director of the Cidme clinics; Santiago Ríos, director and film producer; Alicia Cao, winning designer of Masters of Sewing; Laura Low, singer; Marlene Morreau, model, actress and presenter; Silvio Pelizzolo, Consul of Italy and Dean of the Consular Corps and Juan Luis Calero, presenter of the Televisión Canaria. The jury is completed with Expedita Hernández and Eduardo Martín, representing the group of designers of the Carnival.

Televisión Canaria will broadcast the live show for the Archipelago while TVE will offer it, also live, for all of Spain, through La 2. The coverage is completed, for everyone, by TVE Internacional.

Here are edited highlights from last year's event. For the full gala click here.

Here's a look back at photos of the Carnival Queens of the last 14 years.

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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