Spain’s Benidorm Fest 2022 is hotting up. On December 10, Spanish Broadcaster RTVE surprised fans in a special press conference by confirming not 12, but 14 acts hoping to represent Spain at Eurovision 2022.
And today RTVE has finally released all the competing songs. The official release was expected for December 23, but RTVE teased that they would likely come out sooner. Thankfully they kept their word.
RTVE plans to hold a special press conference with the entire line-up to celebrate the songs’ release. It will take place on Thursday and may coincide with RTVE confirming the long-awaited dates.
In any case, here are the fourteen competing songs for Benidorm Fest 2022.
Benidorm Fest 2022 – complete line-up and songs
Note: we have included the official videos or lyric videos when possible, as artists themselves have been releasing their songs across different platforms.
Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”
The beloved Spanish duo and Eurovision 1990 representatives with “Bandido” are back. “Postureo” is all about dancing and enjoying the force of a catchy melody, performed by two of the most unmistakable and iconic voices on the Spanish musical scene. Their competing song for Benidorm gathers the essence of the Spanish duo and features a fusion of sounds, including the Spanish guitar and Arabic reminiscences. Their song does not only includes Flamenco, but wraps it up in a contemporary sound.
Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de Agua”
Blanca is an emerging artist who has mainly performed in theatre and has always been behind the scenes. Now, she’s going for the biggest stage in Europe in Turin. Her song “Secreto de Agua” is no secreto if you have followed RTVE’s documentary series Lucía en la Telaraña. Blanca’s competing song is the documentary’s main theme. This is the first studio recorded song of her musical career.
Chanel – “SloMo”
Chanel is a multifaceted artist, from acting to dancing, to singing. She has journeyed all across Spain doing musicals. Her song “SloMo” pretends to hit not only Benidorm’s dancefloor, but any dancefloor. This is a pop-dance track with urban and latin essences, a composition of Leroy Sánchez (ESC 2021 songwriter for Spain), Keith Harris, Ibere Fortes, Maggie Szabos and Arjen Thonen.
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. His song “Quién lo diría” is a romantic ballad he composed next to David Santisteban (who was behind Spain’s JESC 2019 with “Marte”). Gonzalo explores with his song a genre that knows success in Spain and aims to captivate the hearts of everyone.
Javiera Mena – “Culpa”
Electropop icon, singer and songwriter Javiera Mena is originally from Chile, but resides in Spain. Her song “Culpa” might not be new for some fans, as her song was available from October. She describes her song as a “pop/dance purge with a French House twist on the feeling of guilt.” RTVE explains that this electropop piece would be one of the most original and unique candidacies with which Spain has participated in Eurovision.
Luna Ki – “Voy a Morir”
The futuristic vision that the artist holds has turned Luna Ki into a performer with a sound that leaves no one indifferent. “Voy a Morir” is an alternative rock piece inspired by the anime universe. The artist describes “Voy a Morir” as “the experience of a painful and dependent love relationship, in which life is meaningless without the loved one.” This is one of the most daring entries for Benidorm Fest 2022. The artist has worked next to Allnightproducer, Vanity Vercetti and Digital Geass for this song.
Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi Mente”
Operación Triunfo 2018 contestant Marta Sánchez Gómez – known as Marta Sango – is not missing Benidorm. “Sigues en mi Mente” is a retropop piece that pulses 80s beats, much in line with what will become Marta Sango’s first studio album next Spring. Her song is her own composition next to Marco Frías and Mané López, and is all about “the memory of a past relationship.”
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. He composed himself “Calle de la Llorería” and has also participated in its production next to François Legoffic.
Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá”
Paula Ribó González – known as Rigoberta Bandini – is one of the hottest names in Spain’s music industry. “Ay mamá” is a feminist hymn with which Rigoberta Bandini vindicates the beauty of the female body, motherhood and all women. She composed herself her competing song, next to Estebana Navarro Dordal and Stefano Maccarroney. “Ay mamá” keeps the same essence of Rigoberta Bandini with which has captivated the Spanish audience during this year.
Sara Deop – “Make you say”
Emerging artist Sara Deop started her career after her journey on The Voice Kids Spain back in 2017. Now she moves on to the big stage of Eurovision with her competing song “Make you say.” This is an urban and very international piece that RTVE describes as a “top-scorer” if selected for Eurovision 2022. The team behind this song includes Leroy Sánchez, Kamille and Goldfingers.
Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
Strong, brave and empowered are the three attributes that best describe this three-piece group. Olaia Maneiro, Aida Tarrío and Sabela Maneiro come from Galicia to Eurovision in Galician, the first attempt within Spain of sending a song in one of the four main languages of the country. Tanxugueiras will try Eurovision with a song that draws on Celtic music and the most ancient folklore of its region. “Terra” its entirely in Galician, but includes the lyrics “No hay fronteras” in all the co-official languages of Spain.
Matt, Arman, Dany and Valen are Unique, a Spanish boy band that is becoming a sensation in Spain. They come to Benidorm to deliver a fiesta for y’all with great energy, positiviy and Latin and urban rhythms. That’s the mood behind “Mejores”, a piece that comes from Marco Dettoni, Manu Chalud, Armando Valenzuela, Carlos Almazán, Javier López and Raúl Madroñal. Both, songwriters and Unique, agreed with the idea of creating an anthem of unity with “Mejores.”
Varry Brava – “Raffaella”
Fun, unprejudiced, shameless and hedonistic characterize Varry Brava. And yes! Their competing song does indeed refer to the one and only Raffaella Carrà as it will serve as an homage to her figure. As they tell RTVE, they wanted to make a Eurovision song powerful, full of energy and emotion. However, the process of their song hasn’t always had Raffaella as their main focus. As they explain – “we began the composition by paying tribute to our favourite authors and interpreters Manuel Alejandro, Julio Iglesias and Raphael. As the song progressed, the spirit of Raffaella crossed us like a shooting star on the road and we simply let ourselves be carried away by her drive and influence.”
Xeinn – “Eco”
Xeinn is a 23-year old artist that comes from Madrid and started his career early by uploading covers on YouTube. He is now entering a process to gain access at one of the biggest stages in the world. His song “Eco” is backed with a team that has already met Eurovision triumph, as includes Carlos Marco, Jimmy Jansson, Marcus Winther and Thomas G:son. “Eco” is a pop track with Synth pop and R&B influences that explores the moment when you find your soulmate.
Benidorm Fest 2022
Having the artists and their songs, Benidorm Fest 2022 is ready for its phases 3 and 4: the semifinals and the Finale. As noted in the artist release day, RTVE decided to increase the confirmed artist limit to 14, instead of 12, due to the high quality of entries received during the first two phases. This means that two semifinals will now feature seven acts each, instead of six, and the Finale will boast eight finalists, instead of six. A total of four acts can now qualify from each semifinal.
The Spanish Broadcaster is celebrating this Thursday a special press event with the whole line-up to celebrate their songs launch day. Rumours have it, the dates will be announced by then. So far, that’s the missing piece of Benidorm Fest that is set to take place during the last week of January in the Palau Municial d’Esports l’Illa de Benidorm.
What do you think? Are you excited for Benidorm Fest 2022? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below!