The long-awaited Benidorm Fest line-up is a secret no more. In a press conference in Madrid, broadcaster RTVE surprised fans and released the names of not 12, but 14 acts hoping to represent Spain at Eurovision 2022 in Turin. The line-up includes many of the names teased last week. In fact, only Alicante-Madrid Indie band Niña Polaca is missing. The official line-up includes a mixture of emerging artists, next to jaw-dropping picks.

RTVE has also confirmed that all 14 competing songs will be made available on 23 December. So far, two of the entries are already out. While we wait for the remainder to drop, let’s take a look at the 14 hopefuls.

Benidorm Fest 2022: 14 Acts

Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”

The beloved Spanish duo and Eurovision 1990 representatives with “Bandido” are back. Sisters Toñi and Encarna Salazar never go unnoticed, delivering a mixture of contemporary flamenco and rhumba/pop. With a musical career of over 30 years, they have become one of Spain’s top-selling artists in the Latin scene. Their song “Postureo” will come with the same vibe, but also, with innovation.

Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de Agua”

Stage and theatre costume designer Blanca Paloma has always been behind the scenes. But now she’s ready to go centre stage. Blanca is an emerging artist who has mainly performed in theatres. Her Eurovision song “Secreto de Agua” is her first studio-recorded piece. Her Benidorm song is also part of RTVE’s documentary series Lucía en la Telaraña, and has already been released.

Chanel – “Slo mo”

Chanel is a multifaceted artist, from acting to dancing, to singing. She has journeyed all across Spain doing musicals. She comes to Benidorm with a team familiar with success. The songwriters behind “Slo mo” have worked with pop sensations like Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo Diría”

Singer and songwriter Gonzalo Hermida has experience in the industry, having worked next to Spanish names like Malú, India Martínez or Antonio José. This year, Gonzalo has managed to start his solo career, filling arenas all over Spain.

Javiera Mena – “Culpa”

Electropop icon, singer and songwriter Javiera Mena is originally from Chile, but resides in Spain. She already holds a Latin Grammy nomination and six studio albums. She’s worked with familiar names like Julieta Venegas, Miss Caffeina, La Casa Azul or El Guincho.

Luna Ki – “Voy a Morir”

Her futuristic vision has turned her into a performer with a sound that leaves no one indifferent. The release of her studio album back in 2019 culminated in more than 18 million streams. Outlets such as Billboard and Vogue have featured her work and all agree on the same thing — “Luna is creating the sound of a new generation.”

Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi Mente”

Operación Triunfo 2018 contestant Marta Sánchez Gómez – known as Marta Sango – is not missing Benidorm. Her journey throughout OT changed her life. After she left, she has not stopped, and now has two singles to her name. She classifies her music as a midpoint between “mainstream” and indie-pop with pulsing 80s beats. Now, she wants to build her musical career, and with her song “Sigues en mi Mente”, Eurovision could be another start.

Rayden – “Calle de la Llorería”

Writer and rapper David Martínez Álvarez – known as Rayden – has worked next to big names in Spain’s music industry like Pablo López, Leiva, Rozalén and Bely Basarte. His music has received praise including nominations for Best Spanish Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2015 and Los 40 Principales Awards. He fuses rap with pop and introduces his poetry in all his verses. Listening to his songs is a unique experience. His song is “Calle de la Llorería”.

Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá”

Paula Ribó González – known as Rigoberta Bandini – is one of the hottest names in Spain’s music industry. She’s been listed on Forbes’ 100 most creative Spaniards within the art category. Her catalogue includes slickly produced, fresh and quirky electronic pop, mixed with spoken word or chord-like interludes. She is going to Benidorm with “Ay mamá”, a song that will feature her signature musical sound.

Sara Deop – “Make you say”

Emerging artist Sara Deop started her career after her journey on The Voice Kids Spain back in 2017. She has two songs out, whose songwriters have worked for Dua Lipa and Grammy-winning artists.

Tanxugueiras – “Terra”

Strong, brave and empowered are the three attributes that best describe this three-piece group. From Galicia to Eurovision, the folk band has been offering a fusion of traditional music and sounds close to trap and electronic in their most recent music. They’re popular across Spain, winning this year’s Eurovision-Spain.com poll “La Elección Interna 2022” – which assesses reader’s favourites to represent the Iberian nation at Eurovision. Their song “Terra” will be the first attempt within Spain of sending a song in one of the four main languages of the country, as well as in Galician.

Unique – “Mejores”

Matt, Arman, Dany and Valen are Unique, a Spanish boy band that is becoming a sensation in Spain. Their music is all about Latin and urban sounds, next to producers who have worked with Spanish names like David Bisbal, Juan Magán or Chenoa. Their influences are a mix between Michael Jackson and Juan Luis Guerra.

Varry Brava – “Raffaella”

Fun, unprejudiced, shameless and hedonistic. Óscar Ferrer (voice), Aarön Sáez (keyboard) and Vicente Illescas (guitar) form the indie pop band that already has five studio albums out, and 13 years in the music industry. Their music has clear influences of Spain’s 80s pop like “Radio Futura” and includes disco and reminiscences of new romantic.

Xeinn – “Eco”

Xeinn is a 23-year old artist that comes from Madrid. He started his career early by uploading covers on YouTube. Today he has 222,000 followers and more than 18 million streams. This year, he has released his first studio album, with eleven tracks, with influences ranging from Justin Bieber or The Weeknd.

Benidorm Fest 2022

Spain’s selection phases 1 and 2 have culminated with the full lineup reveal. As RTVE explained today, their criteria for selecting the 14 lucky contestants focused on four areas: rigour, authenticity, tolerance and diversity of genre.

Knowing the names, it’s now game on for phases 3 and 4: the semifinals and the big finale. To many fans’ surprise, Benidorm Fest 2022 has already brought a change. Since the song selection quality was high, RTVE has decided to increase the confirmed artist limit to 14, instead of 12. This means the two semifinals of Benidorm Fest will feature seven acts each, instead of six. At the same time, the Finale boast eight finalists, instead of six. A total of four acts can qualify from each semifinal.

Also for this year, Spain’s participating contestants and future Eurovision representatives will now own 100% of their songs editorial rights. Ever since 1992 – and with the exception of 2008 – RTVE held 50% of every representative’s editorial rights. Spain’s broadcaster made this change to impove transparency and as an attempt to attract big names to Benidorm.

Benidorm Fest 2022 is expected to take place during the last week of January in the Palau Municial d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm.

Who is your favourite on the Benidorm Fest 2022 lineup? Are you excited for Benidorm Fest? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Tristan White
Tristan White
6 months ago

Rigoberta for the win. I have heard every song she has released on YouTube so far and loved every single one. Professional, lyrics are poetry, has to win!

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
6 months ago

Interesting choices. But (a big but), there are some, that doesn’t sing well live, por example Javiera, about Luna I’m afraid she is in this group, because all her songs are just Autotune, so, we must wait to the song and the live performances

Rafs
Rafs
6 months ago

I don’t understand the hype with Tanxugueiras. It wouldn’t be a bad option, for sure. But there’s something a little tacky, old fashioned and amateurish about them that makes me not love them as much as Go-A, with similar styles. Something about the urban concept and the coreography when it’d be way better if they stood still.
On the other hand I love Rigoberta Bandini, I find it very genuine.

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
6 months ago
Reply to  Rafs

all that you told as negative (tacky, old fashioned, amateurish) is just folk. Typial celtic-galician way of doing music. So yeah, when you compare them to Go-A the conclusion is that Tanxugueiras are more folk than Go-A.

Rafs
Rafs
6 months ago
Reply to  Vanuatu

You’re wrong. What I dislike about them is all that step aside from folk. The fact that they try to mix up folk with more modern elements, and these precisely are far away from modern, cause they sound and look cheap. If they’d stick to the folk vibe only, I’d enjoy much more this. The mistake for me is trying to garnish songs that could work perfectely well by themselves, and above all if you do it ordinarily. There are other ways to delivery celtic-galician music, as you may know, without looking pretentious and keeping it real modern. One example… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Rafs
CatcoolH
CatcoolH
6 months ago

Once again, I’m very happy with the effort that Spain is making. These artists look very promising and I hope to see Spain entering that top 10!

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago

Culpa makes me want to build castles in the sky. Secreto de Agua was so relaxing.

Overall, very promising, I’m excited!

Catriona
Catriona
6 months ago

Does anyone know Luna’s gender identity? I’ve seen different pronouns all over the place.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

I feel like they/them is good for safety. There’s also every chance they’re chill with any pronouns

fionn
fionn
6 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

maybe just go with she/her until told otherwise? don’t make things too complicated for yourself

Ashton
Ashton
6 months ago
Reply to  fionn

it’s always best to go with they/them when in doubt, as it doesn’t unnecessarily gender the person you’re talking about

jotka
jotka
6 months ago

Tanxugueiras are incredible! Something like “Midas” or especially “Figa” could be such a strong contender. The 2022 season ist already very promising ??

Last edited 6 months ago by jotka
OhhHoney
OhhHoney
6 months ago

You know Spain has finally pulled their finger out and is trying this time around when the two songs released so far are better than the last 6 entries they’ve sent to Eurovision.

Ellie
Ellie
6 months ago

Having just heard the snippet Luna Ki released, do they know they have to sing live at Eurovision? That’s a tad beyond what a pre-recorded backing track could solve.

Ieva
Ieva
6 months ago

Secreto de Agua is already amazing!

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
6 months ago

It’s too early to tell. I shall judge when the songs come out. For now, the contestant who spawns more reactions on social media are Tanxugueiras for the possibility of a song in a cooficial language representing the country in the contest.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

I’m so glad that Rigoberta and Tanxugueiras were confirmed, I’m very excited to check what they will bring and I believe the fandom will appreciate their sound. Besides them, I only know Azúcar Moreno and just for their Eurovision entry. But all indicates the new HoD is delivering what she has promised, there’s a lot of variety in the line-up. Here hoping we’ll have a few gems on the 23rd.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
6 months ago

When you talk about Unique, you say Jose Luis Guerra. Don’t you mean Juan Luis Guerra?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago

Based on the write up I expected Luna Ki to blow my mind. Ouch.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago

I like Secreto de Aqua and based on the music video I think it’s safe to expect a beautiful staging.
Culpa sounded nice but I was distracted by the PowerPoint music video and styling choices that seemed to clash with the performer. Hoping for a Loco Loco kind of improvement.

Last edited 6 months ago by willchrisiam
Ellie
Ellie
6 months ago

Tanxugueiras are my ones to watch. Hearing galego at Eurovision would be amazing.

Bart
Bart
6 months ago

I love Tanxugueiras song Figa on Spotify I hope they bring something like this

Catriona
Catriona
6 months ago
Reply to  Bart

Prefer Midas and some other songs. Figa is too electronic and not enough folk for my liking. But they excite me the most.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
6 months ago

Even though I know no one, reading the description of the artists makes me hyped. Out of the songs, which are already released, I like Secreto de Agua and I dislike Culpa.

Bart
Bart
6 months ago

Omg yes Rigoberta Bandini! I loved her song ‘Perra’!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago

Speaking of National finals, and It’ll probably be posted later or tomorrow on wiwibloggs, But north Macedonia is going to have a national final as well! This is the first time since the 2015 season, so could this be the year with the most national finals? After a year of predominately internally selected artist though that was only because of Covid, I guess more countries are really want to show off more music and artists for Eurovision.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

So far, with North Macedonia, 26 countries have confirmed national finals. If that holds, that’ll equal 2020, but there’s still Moldova to wait on.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I bet Moldova will probably have a national final.

Héctor
Héctor
6 months ago

We just have to wait for the songs to be realeased over this week until the 23rd of Decemeber arrives. For now, I’d say I’m glad to see my country stepping right into the year 2021. It seems we are finally leaving behind the traditional and dated focus imperating before. I’m also happy TVE has keep its word and has, in fact, prioritised the songs over the names, as there are some names I’ve never heard of. Our HoD is completely different from her predecessors. She is capable of transmitting youth, positivity, innovation, openness and such factors that were so… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Héctor
Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Spain is really wanting to grab the bull by the horns, doesn’t it? Tho what came first, the bull or the horns? Olé!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Spain definitely doesn’t want to finish in the bottom five again, that’s for sure. Let’s hope it pays off

esc_fl
esc_fl
6 months ago

Already seems to be a promising quality upgrade from last year. Secreto de agua is giving me Dark Water vibes and Culpa is catchy as well! Excited to hear the other songs too.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago

I don’t recognize most of these names other than Azúcar Moreno (because of Eurovision 1990) but that doesn’t matter to me. What I care about is the quality of the songs, and when the rest are released, I’ll make my judgments then.

Apollo
Apollo
6 months ago

Tanxugueiras are the only act I’m genuinely excited about, I’m pretty sure they’ll win.
I would have preferred a Bad Gyal, Nathy Peluso, C.Tangana or Rosalía style act here, but it’s only Benidorm Fest’s first year. I expect a more exciting lineup next year.

Jezinky
Jezinky
6 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Uhh hello? there’s Luna Ki which style ressembles the one of Bad Gyal, please get yourself informed before making such comments

Jake
Jake
6 months ago

I’m impressed. Lots of variety as it should be. Hopefully a high production value production. This has to be an upgrade.

Efraim
Efraim
6 months ago

If I’m honest, I’m struggling to recognize most of the names. But judging by the descriptions, at least seems like a varied lineup.

Catriona
Catriona
6 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Who cares about the names?

Zisk
Zisk
6 months ago

Azucar Moreno<3 One of my all time favourite Eurovision acts. I expect they’re there to offer something fun and different to the rest of the field and not to win, but I’ll still be excited for it.

Paul
Paul
6 months ago

I appreciate there’s only 2 songs available – but i actually really like them both – they’re so different to each other. And neither of them are rock!!

Sebastián
Sebastián
6 months ago

Two things:
1) Spain is always “lots of noise and few nuts”. So, I prefer to wait until to see what they are going to do. And I hope the technical stuff of the festival might be decent, because RTVE is very amateur in technical stuff
2) Javiera Mena is from here and she sings HORRIBLE live. What a bad choice!

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
6 months ago
Reply to  Sebastián

why so many negatives? i agree with you man. Everybody, go check the live performance of Javiera’s Culpa that there is in Youtube. Is terrible, she cant hit the high notes at once not a single time and the live performance gets sooo boring. Is honestly not eurovision material at all, she would be 26th no doubt. And about spain, again i agree: i expect shows with sound problems, drama, etc. I mean, remember the last time spain made a preselection? It was rigged and they ended 26th.It was in 2017, just 4 years ago… i would not expect too… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago

for the first time since edurne, i have high expectations from spain. this lineup seems strong and so far away from the insipid, dated radio songs from the operacion derrota galas

Jezinky
Jezinky
6 months ago

Operación derrota ahahahaha

Esc addict
Esc addict
6 months ago

Still no dates… However it seems to be a balanced line-up, diverse genres, let’s see the songs now.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

I am fully excited for this.. Spain on the rise.. Yesss

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
6 months ago

No Ladilla rusa 🙁
But I still hope Tanxugueiras can bring that strong Electronic folk

Last edited 6 months ago by Ukraine stan
Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago

Hilarious!

Ashton
Ashton
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

what

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Because you don’t recognize the names? People said the same thing about Duncan Laurence. If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Countries need to be ENCOURAGED, not DISCOURAGED. Normally I’m not this petty, but for real, I’d like to see you, personally, do better.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

There are so many things you could spend your valuable time on this earth doing, especially on the internet, and you use it to spread negativity. What a waste.

Héctor
Héctor
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Could you elaborate a little bit more? I mean, if it isn’t too much effort…

Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Todo bien, tengo muchísimas ganas de escuchar las canciones ya.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yeah, hold off until you hear the songs, for Chrissake