Luna Ki has decided to withdraw from Benidorm Fest as they’ll not be able to use ‘auto-tune’ in their performance.
RTVE broke the news this morning. The artist told the organisation the reason behind their withdrawal was the ban on using autotune live.
In a further communication, Luna’s team stated that their decision comes after the EBU forbid the use of autotune.
“We’re sad about it because autotune is a musical tool used by artists like Cher since 1998 and that represents the sound and identity of a generation. Luna considers that their songs has been composed with that tool and that its sound is an indispensable part of the interpretation”.
In the communication, the team states: “Luna is a sensitive person who’s going through a delicate emotional moment, that’s why we ask for respect and kindness”.
“Luna feels a responsibility with the audience of Benidorm Fest, the rest of participating artists and RTVE, that’s why they’ll give a detailed explanation of the decision. Luna Ki will give a press conference on Monday at 16.30 to explain further details.”
Whether Luna will perform as a guest act or not remains unknown. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s press conference.
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On Monday morning, Luna Ki uploaded a video in which they explained their feelings about the withdrawal. Luna states that both RTVE and the show producer Boomerang helped and backed them with their plans, and that it was EBU who did not allow them the use of “auto-tune”.
You can watch the whole video with English subtitles here.
Luna explains that autotune was part of their song. “Think, if someone had a song with an electric guitar and then they were forced to use an accoustic one, it would not sound the same”.
“Eurovision, as far as I know, it’s not a contest of vocal skills like The Voice, that’s why I entered. Still, I would like to use this time to send a message to the world and say that I would love to see a change in the future so we can see projects similar to mine” in this kind of contests.
RTVE will offer further explanations a press conference on Monday at 16.30 CET. However, the broadcaster has shown support from Luna, and have asked for respect towards them, as they’re going through a tough time.
Who is Luna Ki?
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.
“Voy a Morir” is a story of love and dependence taken to the extreme. Through the lyrics, Luna Ki shows the toxicity of their addiction to their lover: “When you’re not here, you can hear me crying, you can feel me shiver, I have to self-medicate”.
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