Hola! It’s Benidorm Fest week! On Wednesday, Spain will kick off with Semi-Final 1 of its new national final Benidorm Fest 2022, which has been heralded as one of Spain’s strongest national finals in recent memory.
Thirteen artists will head to the beautiful east coast where they will compete to be Spain’s act for Eurovision 2022. Six acts will compete in the first semi-final and seven in the second semi-final, with the top four from each show advancing to the final.
The Wiwi-jury, our band of music unprofessionals have already had their say but now it is time for you to have yours! Who is getting through their semi-final of Benidorm 2022, making the final on Saturday and climbing one step closer to represent Spain in this years contest in Turin?
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Benidorm Fest 2022: Notable Semi Final names
Semi Final 1:
Tanxugueiras, are making their attempt at Eurovision with “Terra” in Semi Final 1 — 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.”
Wiwiblogger Lauren says: The Benidorm Fest 2022 songs dropped when I was boarding the plane back home from Junior Eurovision, and I only had time to play one song. About ten seconds into it, I knew I had chosen the right one. A booming electronic bass echoing as the trio chants “ailaralalá!” at the top of their lungs, fading into an addictive percussive beat – that intro single-handedly gives hope that Spain could end their current dark age at Eurovision and get their best result in at least 20 years. “Terra” is unique, (post-) modern, empowering, and above everything, unifying. Hopefully the nation of Spain is unified in the opinion that Tanxugueiras should go to Turin!
Semi Final 2:
Rigoberta, in Semi Final 2, is one of Spain’s hottest artists at the moment and 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.
Wiwiblogger Luis says: “Ay Mamá” is a modern anthem. The song’s progression from slow ballad to choir hymn and the way it gains momentum as seconds go by makes me want to jump from my chair and scream “Amen!”. The magic of this song is the way Rigoberta manages to turn a simple pop song into both an earworm, with the playful “Mamamamama”, and a tune that moves the masses. The gravitas this song is getting in Spain makes it one to watch. It’s faring better than anyone else on streaming platforms, and is often played in private broadcaster Telecinco, one of Spain’s most watched TV channels.
Poll: Who should qualify from Benidorm Fest 2022?
Please vote for your FOUR favourites in each semi-final.
Semi-final 1 – Wednesday 26, 22.40 CET
- Varry Brava – “Raffaella”
- Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”
- Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua”
- Unique – “Mejores”
- Tanxugueiras – “Terra”
- Chanel – “SloMo”
Semi-final 2 – Thursday 27, 22.40 CET
- Xeinn – “Eco”
- Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente”
- Javiera Mena – “Culpa”
- Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría”
- Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá”
- Rayden – “Calle de la llorería”
- Sara Deop – “Make you say”
Benidorm Fest 2022
The first semi-final will take place on 26th January 2022 and the second semi-final will take place on 27th January 2022. The final will take place on 29th January 2022. The eight entries that qualified from the two preceding semi-finals will compete and the winner will be selected through the combination of the votes of an expert jury (50%), a demoscopic poll (25%) and a public vote (25%).
The jury will be made up of five experts, three from Spain and two international.
The demographic jury will be made up of 350 statistically selected people who represent the Spanish population. It will represent the different regions of Spain and different gender and age ranges. Potential jury members are asked if they like Spanish music. Only those who answer sí, can be considered for the jury.
Benidorm’s demographic jury is similar to Sanremo’s demoscopic jury, as well as the people’s juries used to help internally select the Swiss Eurovision entry.For more information about Benidorm Fest 2022 click here.
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