Rigoberta Bandini

It’s the Spanish documentary which featured Eurovision songs “Voilà”, “Tout l’univers”, “Growing up is getting old” and “Voy a quedarme”. And now, private broadcaster Telecinco is using Rigoberta Bandini’s “Ay Mamá” as soundtrack for the second season of the documentary about Rocío Carrasco’s life.

“En el nombre de Rocío” will air in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Telecinco has already premiered some parts of it in Sálvame Lemon Tea, one of Spain’s most-watched TV shows. 

While the first part of Rocío’s documentary was all about her family struggle with her ex husband and daughter and most importantly, raising awareness of the sexist violence she suffered, in this case it’s all about her relationship with her mother: Rocío Jurado.

Rocío Jurado was one of Spain’s best-known singers from the last century. She passed away in 2006, but her legend lives on today, and she is still remembered by the nickname “La más grande” (The greatest). 

‘Ay Mamá’ all over Telecinco

Why is this important, you may ask? The first season of the show was a huge ratings success. It was broadcast over the Spring and it managed to get ratings of over 20% on practically every show.

While it’s not known yet if “Ay Mamá” will be the show’s soundtrack, it was used on yesterday’s premiere. And Mediaset España (the TV group behind Telecinco) has been heavily promoting the song.

It may be a bit daring to establish a connection, but it’s worth noting that all three songs that were used last year in Rocío’s TV show were favourites of the Spanish televote at Eurovision. In fact, France got 12 points, Bulgaria eight and Switzerland, seven. 

For what it’s worth, though, Rigoberta Bandini got plenty of air time on Telecinco today. Her song was also featured in the news bullettin, with a full piece about the censorship of female nipples. “It’s as if nothing had changed since the 80s with Sabrina Salerno or Janet Jackson’s Superbowl”.

It’s not the first time Telecinco has worked with an artist from Benidorm Fest this season. Some weeks ago, Gonzalo Hermida also took part in a tribute to Rocío Jurado. He did not sing “Quién lo diría”, his Benidorm Fest entry, but “Mi amante amigo”.

What do you think of “Ay Mamá”? Is the hype justified? Should it win Benidorm Fest and go ahead to Turin? Let us know in the comment section below!

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John
John
4 months ago

Rigoberta Bandidni are ESC gold.Hugely talented and a song bursting with energy and build.Its so far ahead of the rest its scary.The worry is though Spain dont see it,or the jury.I remember the bonkers Danish jury who put Only Teardrops second to a steaming pile of manure.ESC winner on their hands yet couldnt see it.Ay mama should get the crowd reaction so hopefully the jury dont make a mistake.This is one of those once every decade entries for a country.

Europotato
Europotato
4 months ago

This is definitely the best song in BDF but I think it needs to be a song like terra which is impactful and then falls rather than the latter. Most people who view and vote have heard the song just once and it’s on the night and I don’t think Ay Mama is that song to wow at first. A grower if you will. But nonetheless the best song hands down.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Ay Mamá isn’t a bad song, quite the opposite, it’s great but I don’t like it myself and I’d rather have another entry representing Spain. The reason I don’t like it is quite ludicrous, though.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

I mean, you would hate it too if your head started playing “La mamá de la mamá” instead of the actual song every time you see the title xd

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

If you don’t understand why we love this song, that’s ok. We are proud of Rigoberta. We don’t care if we flop because we always flop. This is our song and we are very happy. If another song wins in Benidorm, that is ok. Rigoberta is a wonderful representation of Spanish music and thought, and we love her regardless.

Last edited 4 months ago by Rich
JeyDelRey
JeyDelRey
4 months ago

I don’t get all the hate around Ay mamá. I mean, I get people don’t like it but that does not mean you have to call the competition rigged and hate on the artist. I really hope that Rigoberta wins Benidorm and go to Eurovision as I think she’ll do better than what people à think but if Spanish people choose another entry that they’re proud of, I’ll respect it and cheer for them too. It’s just music at the end of the day.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago
Reply to  JeyDelRey

Because of the mentality of their fans. You never see people complaining about Georgia sending literally whatever because their fans are not super loud and obnoxious hyping them selves up and complaining when the thing only they like flops.

Last edited 4 months ago by willchrisiam
Rafs
Rafs
4 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

And this comes from the oracle that predicts bottoms 5 when only 3 songs are known to represent their countries.
The audacity.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

period. six consecutive years outside of the top 20 haven’t humbled down spanish fans a bit i see

Rafs
Rafs
4 months ago

It’s not about modesty, babe. I can deal with the fact you don’t like the same songs I do, I don’t lose sleep over it. The problem comes when some of you act like clairvoyants. Predictions are not reliable 100% even when all the songs are chosen ( Hello Malta, Cyrpus and San Marino with OGAE poll last year), so imagine when you do them at this time. If Rigoberta wins Benifest and then the outcome in Eurovision is not as expected, it won’t matter a damn thing cause this song has reached a lot of people which was not… Read more »

Rich
Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  JeyDelRey

People outside of Spain don’t realise that we are ok with flopping. We are accustomed to it. Yes there are some idiots who always think we should win but they are not representing all of Spanish opinion.

This song is so meaningful to us. We don’t care if you hate it. We love it. Anyone who knows Rigoberta’s back catalogue will tell you this is very representative of her work, and that she is so respected by us. We don’t care if you like it. This is what we like.

Lorena
Lorena
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Honestly, I am Spanish and I am not happy with flopping, hahaha. But I think that there is a big difference in flopping with songs you believe in (for example, La Venda) than with songs you don’t (Voy a Quedarme, Tu Canción, Do it for your lover, etc.). And still, La Venda was ok but not great (Miki was great, at least for me). So, although Rigoberta is not my favourite, if we decide to go with her and it’s a bottom, it would not be that bad as other years.

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Rigoberta Bandidni wont be flopping dont worry,the only question is if its a top 10,top 5 or winner at ESC.Assuming they get the staging right of course.Hugely talented and a fantastic song.

Efraim
Efraim
4 months ago

Well, I guess there are worse bandwagons to hop on than that of the nation’s latest indie darling who also happens to be an Eurovision hopeful. But I’d dare to say Telecinco (having recently surrendered the throne of Spain’s top network to Antena 3) probably needs this association more than Ms. Bandini does.

sam
sam
4 months ago

i’m actually starting to like ay mama… so far it’s my guilty pleasure of the nf season along with citi zeni from latvia

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

you’d better feel guilty for liking it

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
4 months ago

Ay mama is so overrated

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago

That’s nice. Now leave it there and send something that’s gonna get you a better result.

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

I think some people here need to make peace with the fact that Rigoberta Bandini is insanely popular here in Spain, and that we are selecting a song that WE like, not based on what other countries want.

Karl
Karl
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Like you guys do every year. But hey, if that’s what you love, you do you.

But I can already see the surprised Pikachu face when Spain ends up bottom five… again.

But aymamamamamamama am I right?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Who’s going to keep Rigoberta in the bottom 5 hun? Intelligent music project?

Last edited 4 months ago by Frisian esc
Efraim
Efraim
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Not with their singer wanted in Spain for no-showing a court hearing, probably.

Efraim
Efraim
4 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

And here’s a report of it just so you know I’m not making that up: https://escbubble.com/2022/01/intelligent-music-projects-frontman-in-hot-water-in-spain/

Ellie
Ellie
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Which is very fair if you want Benidorm to stand on its own as a festival of Spanish music going forward. But given that it was revived in response to poor showings at Eurovision, what would the public reaction be if the eventual Benidorm winner has another disappointing result in Turin? I’m not directing this at Rigoberta, it’s more in general.

Last edited 4 months ago by Ellie
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Then why do you keep expecting a good result. It’s totally fine to send what you like but you also need to be realistic when it comes to their chances.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

the RIGoberta machine ain’t stopping i see !

Mikai
Mikai
4 months ago

I really do hope Spanish fans won’t be disappointed when this wins Bernidorm and then doesn’t even get into the top 10 in Turin.

To me this looks exactly like Norway last year: the most popular artist in the contest with a less then average song vs. a group with an astonishing song that is loved by pretty much anyone.

KESC
KESC
4 months ago

Awful song with so called “meaning”, this old hag needs to retire soon!

Charlie06
Charlie06
4 months ago
Reply to  KESC

Old? She’s 31.

Europotato
Europotato
4 months ago
Reply to  KESC

Moronic statement to say the least.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Is this allowed by the national contest rules? They give an edge to a song that is part of a high profile competition.

Mi7lel
Mi7lel
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I see how it is an advantage. But also it is so, if in any preselection a song is well known and played before the competition (Poland f.e) and is not forbidden. Or If in the context of Eurovision before the live shows a song is played on the radios of a country, like it happens with the melodifestivalen songs in the majority of Scandinavia.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Mi7lel

That’s also true.

Lorena
Lorena
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

It would be against rules if it was the public tv (RTVE) the one promoting her more than the rest, but we are talking about a private tv company. I think it’s actually a good thing that Spanish artists can see that entering the Eurovision competition is not a bad thing for them (because that has been the general thought for years here in Spain), but actually it can help them to broaden their audience.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Lorena

For sure! It’s sad it hasn’t been done before.

Rich
Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

“Culpa” was released back in September.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I mean I doubt anybody would care if it was like terra (the big community favorite) or gonzalo hermida ( the guy without a chance of winning). You can’t blame a song or artist for becoming popular. If that’s a problem then don’t release any national final song until the live show of the selection. I see people coming up with the most ridiculous reasons why ay mama is the most wrong choice ever while what they really wanna say is ‘I just want terra or calle de lloreria to win’. We’ve also had the vice president of galicia praising… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Frisian esc
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

“Ay mamá” isn’t the worst choice at all, it can start a useful conversation and I think that for this reason only it would be cool if it got to represent Spain.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It was actually the Deputy PM of Spain who praised Tanxugeiras. Of course Galicia’s Pm has done it many times before.

Rafs
Rafs
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

If you consider to be jinxed to place second and third in the final, then I’m ok with it.

Lorena
Lorena
4 months ago
Reply to  Rafs

I was thinking exactly the same.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

No it didn’t! The Italian song was better liked by more people.

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Hilarious! But not by the jury deal with it. Jury are people too, period.

Last edited 4 months ago by Esc addict
Sale
Sale
4 months ago

I swear if she wins only because of her popularity I-…

Zisk
Zisk
4 months ago
Reply to  Sale

My thoughts exactly. Her song is in my top 5 but I wouldn’t really say it’s the best one in the field.

Lorena
Lorena
4 months ago
Reply to  Sale

She is not my favourite. Before the live performances, I am for Rayden, although this may change, but if really a majority of people prefer this song and vote for it, I do not have any problem. I think it is actually a good song. Same happens to me if Terra is chosen.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Sale

whatever brainwashing process is going on in spain to convince the people that this song has any musical qualities at all, let alone for an international audience, will backfire in may if they really end up selecting her

Sale
Sale
4 months ago

Why are people downvoting this is true…

Mi7lel
Mi7lel
4 months ago
Reply to  Sale

I don’t know how will she do in may if she ends up being chosen. But, maybe if she wins it’s because it’s liked?…

Martin
Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  Mi7lel

Exactly. This is not like Tix or Tusse case (or even Bilal Hassani) where the international audience just objectively prefer other songs than theirs. People outside of Spain actually like her song.

Not saying Terra is bad but can’t see that Terra would do as well as Shum. If I were to equate Terra to a song, that’s probably Tulia’s song from 2019 where they barely missed the final.

Paca
Paca
4 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Is not only because of her popularity. People really like her song and the meaning.

I know the result in eurovision probably is going to be bad… But at least this year Spain likes his entry.

One step forward

Vrede
Vrede
4 months ago

Ay Mama is such an addictive song. Whenever I hear it, I have to play it again and again and again. My #1 song of the season so far.