¡A votar! Spain’s Benidorm Fest has 14 acts, spanning folk, pop, rap and more. But only one will have the chance to hit the stage in Torino and show all of Europe what they got.
Rigoberta Bandini, Rayden, Tanxugueiras, Varry Brava and Javiera Mena are some of the biggest names entering the first Benidorm Fest. But this competition feels wide open: The live performances will make it or break it for everybody, regardless of how well-known they are.
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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 captures the essence of the Spanish duo and features a fusion of sounds, including the Spanish guitar and Arabic references. Their song takes Flamenco and 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 trying to make it front-and-centre all on her own 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.
Which song did you vote for? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below.
Terra es sin duda la canción con más calidad musical. Tiene innovación ,fuerza y te hace sentir de verdad de ahí que independientemente de que la gente vote por la canción con el estilo musical que más le atrae ,reconozca la calidad de esta canción ( una canción que parte del folclore ,un género nada comercial y muy desconocido y de minorías) y la sitúe entre las favoritas. Espero que la calidad gane .
It is good Spain is having a national selection contest. Fair to say try something dfferent, but the shortlisted 14 songs are nothing to be inspired by. Spain are going to end up right hand side of the score board again in May whatever they send.
Azúcar Moreno con Postureo son para mí la mejor propuesta y quiero que vuelvan a Eurovisión y nos representen
I know that Terra is the favorite but I do not like it…I prefer Calle de la Lloraría or Ay mamma…
Tanxugueiras are the runaway favourites in Spain. As a spaniard myself, I have to agree. I honestly that with good staging, Terra has a shot at bringing the contest back to Spain after over 50 years!
even though I really like Eco, Ay Mamá, Postureo and Callle de la Llorería,
Terra is on another level and it’s the clear winner for me
Voted for ay mamá, but wouldn’t mind seeing Secreto de Agua or Terra
When my favorites happen to be the fan favorites, they never win these selections, so I’m praying the juries, yes, the awful juries who always disrespect masterpieces, do it again once more and kill Terra’s chances of winning. I ain’t got nothing against the song, i just think it’s a bit overrated and I really REALLY like something else 😀 Please juries, PLEASE just be your usual self and kill this great amazing song everyone else seems to love like you always do every single year <3 <3 And pick my winner in the proccess, otherwise might as well keep… Read more »
Hey, this is my top five: 1. Raffaella (Varry Brava) – I think it’s a great party song and the fact that it’s about a very important and respected Italian tv personality will resonate well with the Eurovision audience. 2. Culpa (Javiera Mena) – Ok, this is a really good song! I think Javiera’s voice is really beautiful. I didn’t expect such an electropop song. 3. Terra (Tanxugueiras) – Well, it’s time that we heard the other languages of Spain! And Tanxugueiras sound great together. Really happy that we have a nicely produced folk song. I know if this wins,… Read more »
My three standouts are Terra, Secreto de agua, and Calle de la lloreria. Terra feels ethereal. Like an ancient call for pray to Mother Earth. I can see this doing a big splash if done right on stage. Rayden has excellent lyrics, and the flow that keeps the song interesting. Much like Soldi, this is very melodic. Secreto de agua feels haunting. It’s slow, but also powerful. It transports me to another world. Any of these would be a great winner for me. My 4th is Gonzalo. I really like claasical ballads when done with care. I would personally be… Read more »
Acucar Moreno ofcourse. Will be a success.
Calle de la llorería has grown on me so much that it’s my absolute favorite out of these songs. I still like Terra and it’s my second favorite. I’ve also started to like Eco a little more so I’ll give it my third place.
Such strong competition! I listened to all 14 songs and 11 of them I really love. I can’t choose just one favorite.
Team ECO & SLO MO
i’m rooting for rayden. i have a soft spot for postureo but for the sake of spain i hope it won’t be their entry haha
In Spain most of people and fans have their own top 3: Terra..ay mamá y calle de la lotería.Any of them are oír favourites bit I think Terra Will be chosen because of the support of a whole región as Galicia and because of message of inclusión of the other co oficial spanish lenguages
El corrector te ha jugado malas pasadas (lotería y oir jaja)
Rigoberta Bandini, Rayden, Tanxugueiras, Varry Brava & Blanca Paloma are my TOP5 🙂
I would like Spain to be represented with something typical Spanish. “Azucar Moreno” were in top 5 in 1990. They probably wouldn’t be in top 5 in 2022, but they wouldn’t be in bottom 5 either, I’m sure.
When you say “typical Spanish” you are talking about “typical Southern Spanish” or a sort of stereotype, which is not at all “typical”.
Spain is a multicultural country, with different cultural identities. “Terra” could be as typical as “Postureo”.
Lol Don’t be delusional. No one listens to Galician folk music in Spain except for Galicia. But flamenco is popular all over Spain, and every foreign country associates Spain with flamenco, nobody associates Spain with celtic music.
This is not really true. Some years ago there was this galician musician who played the pipes and Galician music and he hit number 1 on charts.
Rayden and Varry Brava both have great songs, but my vote can only go to “Terra”…
Postuero, Eco, Terra…I really cant follow the hype for other songs. Even Terra seems to me a little repetetive without a hook though. But its interesting. Im really old fashioned queen bopped by ?zucar Moreno vibes hehehe. We should listen al of them live perfomed to see what will happen. Interesting mix of songs Spain!
Terra, Eco or SloMo.
I’m not even remotely interested in any of the other songs
It’s Eco or Slo Mo for me. Not gonna pretend I’m all of a sudden a fond indie-artist fan like most Spaniards nowadays, sorry… not buying that, I’m afraid. Rayden and Tanxu are particularly unbearable. Rigoberta I can listen to.
Spanish eurofans are like a sect… Everybody has to like and vote for whatever that Eurovision webpage decides…
I like most of the songs. My hot favs are Rigoberta, Tanxugueiras, Javiera, Raiden & Marta. Hope one of them go to Turin!
Love Tanxugueiras, but this is not their strongest effort. I’d almost like to see them come back to Benidorm another year and really dominate. But we’ll see if live they transform the song with powerful vocals and staging. Raffaella is a surprise bop. This might be the catchiest chorus of the bunch. A little too on the nose to send to Italy? Maybe, but fun fun fun. My #1 choice would be Rayden. I’m not sure if it’s got the instant impact necessary for an automatic qualifier, but it’s grown so much on me with further listens. Still, I think… Read more »
As I said when the songs where released, I’m so hopeful with this new format and it really seems TVE is finally working hard and stepping into the 21st century. I’m so positively surprised that I can’t say I despise any song, cause I kind of like all of them. In short, I’d say the ones who have the most potential for Eurovision are, having in mind all the aspects related to the artists and the songs, Tanxugueiras and Luna Ki and . On a second line, Rayden, Blanca Paloma, Xeinn, Varry Brava, Rigoberta Bandini and Chanel. So there are… Read more »
Definitely Terra or Ay mama should win this competition, the song message it’s incredible also the music song has so much potential… The other two options would be Raffaella as it’s a party song and emotional one to bring to Italy to commemorate the big Diva. And Azúcar moreno just would be a great honour to remember a nice moment with them and the song represents Spain style.
My top 3 is:
1 – Raffaella
2 – Voy a Morir
3 – Calle de la Lloreira
Ohhh, thank you!! I love Raffaella so much too! It’s such an underrated song. But, not a big fan of Voy a Morir, it somehow doesn’t have much of an impact on me. And I think Calle de la lloreria is surprisingly an really good song!
Voy A Morir was my instant pick after I listened to the snippets of the songs. The chorus is extremely catchy and makes me really want it to be on Eurovision even if there are songs with bigger potential. I love how Luna Ki included English and French lyrics and I believe her performance would visually be excellent, but what bothers me with this is autotune that she uses in her song which put many esc fans off the song. If she manages to vocally deliver it well I could see her winning.
My top two are basically tied, with Tanxugueiras having a veeeeeery slight edge over Rigoberta Bandini. I’d be happy with either of them going to Eurovision, but I think Tanxugueiras would produce a better result.
Rayden would also be a good choice, but I fear he wouldn’t make it into the Top 20.
I’m so proud that Benidorm Fest has such strong competition, even with the other songs I didn’t mention.
I think Rayden would got a better result than Rigoberta would got. Only spaniards like Ay Mama. In my opinion she would be bottom 5 again.
VOY A MORIR WINNER
After listening to all the songs, my personal top 14 is as follows:
#1 – Calle de la llorería (Rayden)
#2 – Terra (Tanxugueiras)
#3 – Raffaella (Varry Brava)
#4 – Culpa (Javiera Mena)
#5 – Sigues en mi mente (Marta Sango)
#6 – Secreto de agua (Blanca Paloma)
#7 – Ay mama (Rigoberta Bandini)
#8 – Eco (Xeinn)
#9 – Postureo (Azúcar Moreno)
#10 – Make You Say (Sara Deop)
#11 – Quién lo diría (Gonzalo Hermida)
#12 – Mejores (Unique)
#13 – SloMo (Chanel)
#14 – Voy a morir (Luna Ki)
My winner is your last place
Now I’m curious, where did I rank your last place?
Rayden is my top1 too and Luna Ki is my 14 as well 🙂
Rayden for Eurovision
Really nice selection for Spain and I hope they can retain or even up the quality of benidorm fest the comong years. If they chose right, and bring good staging to eurovision many of these could atleast bring them a respectable top 15 position with some maybe even top 5. Based on my own taste and what I think could score well I think these are the best and worst choices: Best: Rayden: I think overall this is Spains best chance at great success. It has a very latin feeling to it like what you want to hear when you… Read more »
Terra is an ”alalá”. The alalá is a folkloric musical genre of lyrical character developed in the Spanish region of Galicia (most authors consider the alalá the oldest and most characteristic traditional Galician musical form). The alalá is arrhythmic and is composed of octosyllabic verses in which a short theme is REPEATED with onomatopoeic choruses.
For some reason many Spaniards prefer Ay Mama. It sounds a bit Anthemic but it will not resonate well with International audiences as musically is nothing special. If this will be the chosen for ESC it will not do well at all and that’s the hard truth. I still believe Slo Mo is the most current with the best chance to do well at ESC out of all songs. Also Terra will do well if live performance is as good as studio. Rayden is not my cup of tea but it sounds fun even if I don’t understand the language.… Read more »
That’s why Ay Mama would be the bold choice.
Even tho I can’t really know which song may do the best with Europe audience or juries at this stage. Impossible to predict. We only know fans’ opinion but there’s nothing certain.
I agree on Ay Mamá. The hype won’t translate in Eurovision. I’m sure those 500 votes come mostly from Spaniards.
Like me, yes, mainly Spaniards
I’m very intrigued with Ay Mama.
It’s the song that’s resonating the most with people here.. yet there’s the feeling that people in Europe may not get it or feel the same.
I really love it
Terra is also making a lot of noise and international fans seem to love it as well. It’s weird to say (since It’s not pop or ballad) but it might be the best or safest choice at this point.
I guess, “Ay mama” is the best option. Always glad to see self-composed entries on ESC. I also quite like “Terra”. “Secreto de Agua” is not bad, but amateurish. So one of those.
Rayden all the way ! So different, original and contemporary with magnificent lyrics, muchas gracias !
But Blanca Paloma, Varry Brava and Tanxuguieras are really great too.
I even like a little “Eco”, but I don´t want a swedish song for Spain
Please not Chanel, Luna Ki and Sara Deop.
I’ll be downvoted for this but I don’t see any potential in any of this songs, I’m french and it reminds me of EF2022, lots of good songs but not lots of potential for the top 10 (and I don’t see the Barbara of their NF, sadly). Though there’s probably a way to leave the bottom 5.
Wait France’s entries has already been released? I thought they renamed it to Cest vous qui decidez?
I think they meant EF 2021 because they mentioned Barbara Pravi in the selection.
Indeed, I meant EF2021, as Escfan said it.
I think the opposite, there’s many potential for a top 10 in Eurovision if well executed and well staged. What is EF2022?
And no, each countries don’t have to research “their Barbara” as they don’t have to research “their Maneskin”, they have to bring something good, something authentic, and something that stand out.
By “their Barbara”, I meant “their top 3 song” as I could have said “their stand-out song” or any other word meaning the song that stands out by far, it could have been said for a pop song.
Before seeing Barbara performing with the staging and everything I didn’t see Voilà as a top 3 esc song but the first live on tv happened and I was speechless, instantly potential winner vibe, so it could happen with one of these songs too.
I hope so !
Team Eco/Postureo here, I know I’m in minority but I keep the faith ! (Ty Tamara)
ahhh I’m obsessed with Luna Ki! I hope she gets the win & goes to Eurovision next year!! <3
I really dislike Rigoberta, I see 0 points again if they choose that.
it won’t get 0 points but it also won’t do well at all lol. the suspicious amount of promotion she’s been getting here suggests that they might want to push her victory, but that song will get the typical spanish flop result.
It’s too early to say:/
I have solid top 3 that I’ll be happy with any of them:tanxugueiras, rigoberta and rayden.
But anyway the live performances will be important this time as we need to see who will deliver.
Also I expect to see some dark horses-maybe Javiera Mena or blanca paloma?
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