Benidorm Fest — Spain’s Eurovision 2022 selection — has all of Europe talking. And with the publication of the Smarkets betting odds, it seems that the conversation includes a lot of whispers about Rigoberta Bandini.
As of Sunday January 9, the “Ay mamá” singer sits at the top of the betting exchange with an available price of 2.06, putting her just ahead of Tanxugueiras (2.86).
The prices rise quite a bit after that: Unique (11), Xeinn (13), Rayden (14), Blanca Paloma (16.5) and Chanel (20).
Benidorm Fest 2022 odds: Smarkets lists Rigoberta Bandini as favourite
Rigoberta, one of the hottest artists in Spain at the moment, has gotten a lot of attention for her entry — a feminist hymn that seeks to break taboos regarding the female body, directly tackling stigmas about breastfeeding and menstruation.
“Ay mamá” is an electro pop experiment, which builds from choir-like verses to a very catchy “mamamamamamamá” line. The in-your-face lyrics have become talking points online and within Spanish media. At one point Rigoberta says: “I don’t know why so many people are scared of our tits.”
Fans have been singing the praises of her recent live performance, which suggests she won’t be phased by delivering this live to Spanish voters later this month.
Primer winner alert de este #BenidormFest, y por qué no de #Eurovision. La canción de @rigobandini y la atmósfera que genera es de ganadora. Soy muy fan de su prima. Menudo descubrimiento 😍😍😍— LukaES 🏳️🌈 (@LukaEurovision) January 7, 2022
📹 by @euromenchu
As for Tanxugueiras, they’re making their attempt at Eurovision with “Terra” — a song that draws on Celtic music and the most ancient folklore of the Galicia region.
“Terra” is sung entirely in Galician, but includes the lyrics “there are no borders” in all the co-official languages of Spain. The song amassed over a million views in just one week.
Group members Aida, Olaia and Sabela often refer to the pandereteiras, those women who have kept oral tradition alive, helped by their tambourines.
In their minds, they are “poets who didn’t know how to read or write.” They’ve even dedicated their song to these women, and honour them through action. “You’ll sing and I’ll sing, the way our mothers did.”
Benidorm Fest 2022 winner: Smarkets odds by price
Rigoberta Bandini 2.06
Blanca Paloma 16.5
Varry Brava 22
Sara Deop 23
Azucar Moreno 26
Luna Ki 26
Marta Sango 29
Gonzalo Hermida 30
Javiera Mena 30
What do you think of these odds? Do you think that favourites would translate outside of Spain? Who do you want to win? And who do you think would do the best at Eurovision? Let us know down below!