You’ll be hearing an awful lot about Benidorm in the coming months — and most surprisingly, holidaying Brits will have little to do with it. Spain’s renewed selection method has already attracted attention from established acts — and it doesn’t even have a confirmed name yet!
The summer of 2021 has been anything but calm within the Spanish fandom. Back in July, RTVE surprised everyone announcing a new selection method for Eurovision which will be held in the tourist hot spot of Benidorm.
But it’s not just Eurofans who are excited. In recent weeks, many Spanish artists have expressed interest, so let’s review who they are!
If you’re not familiar with the Spanish music scene, a group named Russian Pubic Lice may not sound appealing. However, they are one of the country’s most viral acts, and have been headlining festivals even during the pandemic.
”Kitt y los coches del pasado”, “Macaulay Culkin” or “Todos los días lo mismo”, are some of the band’s best known songs. Their style is a mix of trash, kitsch and rave. Basically, the same style as previous Spanish Eurovision acts.
Ladilla Rusa have been one of the most enthusiastic acts about Eurovision. In fact, they claim to have already their song for 2022 — “and it’s a hit!”
?Una cosita: acabamos de parir la idea del tema de Eurovisión. Nos vemos en ROMA en 2022. HIT. Un bechito. ? pic.twitter.com/81LQO5dDEs
— Ladilla Rusa (@LadillaRusa) August 5, 2021
During August, the band have been engaging with fans and have also been sharing La Elección Interna’s post – that’s the annual poll held by our friends at eurovision-spain.com which has become a staple of the Spanish Eurovision fandom.
La Elección Interna was held during the month of August, and at the end, the voters at eurovision-spain.com chose Tanxugueiras as the winners. Quite a departure from the previous editions — Ruth Lorenzo has won three times. But who are Tanxugueiras?
GRAZAS!!! Agradecidísimas por todo o voso apoio e cariño eurovisivo! Que viva o galego, a diversidade, as mulleres e a música! ??? https://t.co/j4GoZPUqb9
— T A N X U G U E I R A S (@tanxugueiras) September 7, 2021
Aida Tarrío, Olaia Maneiro and Sabela Maneiro form Tanxugueiras, a Galician folk trio with an urban twist. They mix their region’s roots with modern beats and deliver bold music videos. “Figa” is the last example, and if you ask me, it’s a bop.
If Spain has been criticised for its basic bland pop entries of recent years, the names on this list are anything but that. Rayden is further proof of it.
He’s one of the country’s best known rap artists, who has been around since the early 2000s. Rayden, who is also a writer, has recently received Gold certification for his latest album “Homónimo”. And he has also been enthusiastically tweeting about Benidorm.
Y me apetece y todo https://t.co/GYUjlwRWnt
— R A Y D E N ? (@soyRayden) August 18, 2021
In fact, we may be talking about a die-hard fan. Minutes after he tweeted about Eurovision, he shared a playlist of his Sanremo 2021 favourites. Måneskin’s influence? Or perhaps Ruth Lorenzo’s? Rayden and Ruth recently released “El mismo puñal” as a duet.
Several other artists have expressed their interest. Varry Brava, Cariño and Siderland have tweeted about Benidorm. Is Spain heading for an indie delight next year? It’s looking like that so far!
But what are the acts Spanish fans talking about who have not yet said yes to Benidorm? There are two artists taking the lead: Rigoberta Bandini and Ana Mena.
Rigoberta Bandini came second on La Elección Interna and she was also our pick for the Wednesday Wishlist. Her songs “Perra” and “In Spain We Call It Soledad” have brought her mainstream attention and she’s one of the hottest artists in Spanish industry right now.
Ana Mena, on the other side, may seem like an obvious choice for 2022. Málaga’s queen of summer has been hitting the charts both in Spain and Italy. “Un beso de improviso” — and the Italian version “Un bacio all’improviso” with Italian rapper Rocco Hunt — is 24/7 playing on the radios.
Benidorm 2022 is approaching. It’s expected to be held in January, and with RTVE’s new Head of Delegation Eva Mora already on board, an announcement seems imminent.
Are you excited for Spain’s new selection method? Do Ladilla Rusa, Tanxugueiras or Rayden light your fire? Do you think Rigoberta or Ana Mena give it a try? Let us know in the comment section below!