On Wednesday, Spain will kick off with the semi-finals of its new national final Benidorm Fest 2022. Thirteen artists will head to sunny Benidorm where they will compete to be Spain’s act for Eurovision 2022. But who should get that ticket to Turin? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to all the competing songs and ranked and reviewed our favourites. Read on to see what we think!
Benidorm Fest 2022: The Wiwi Jury’s Top 14 Ranking
Note: Luna Ki has withdrawn from the contest, however the Wiwi Jury has still included “Voy a morir” in the rankings.
14. Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría” (7 points)
13. Sara Deop – “Make You Say” (12 points)
12. Xeinn – “Eco” (13 points)
11. Unique – “Mejores” (13 points)
10. Varry Brava – “Raffaella” (15 points) (🥈 – Luis)
9. Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente” (18 points)
Luis: “Sigues en mi mente” is a beautiful throwback to the eighties, and a song that falls so easy on the ears. While it may not be the strongest in Spain’s field, it’s actually a very nice addition to Benidorm Fest. The song progresses until it explodes in a musical climax in which I can only see confetti falling from the floor and disco balls all around. Funny and uncomplicated, Marta Sango provides a cute pop entry suitable for any 80s Eurovision party. Fyr og Flamme’s fate at Eurovision last year, however, is to be acknowledged. Should Spain select Marta, they’ll need to make sure the stage explodes into a party.
8. Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo” (20 points)
Pablo: What most surprises me about this song is that, production-technology gap aside, “Postureo” is perfectly interchangeable with Azúcar Moreno’s Eurovision 1990 entry “Bandido”. The flavour Azúcar Moreno is unmistakably their signature and for what could be shrugged off as the “vintage quota” ends up a really enjoyable entry with strong Spanish identity and an addictive hook. It isn’t my preferred one to send, but I’m more than glad it’s in Benidorm, busting the myth of the “older act” being dull filler.
7. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua” (21 points)
🥈 – Lauren
🥉 – Natalie
Natalie: This song is enchanting from start to finish. Its production is minimal but still wide-ranging and definitely enough to fill anyone’s soul. Blanca Paloma’s voice is a non-stop force of emotion from start to where it fades out into the snares at the end. The only issue I have is while I enjoy these kinds of spiritual ballads, it does end up becoming a bit repetitive towards the end and I wish they would pick it up a bit more as it goes along. Still, I’m sure with enough presentation, this song will soar on stage.
6. Chanel – “SloMo” (32 points)
🥉 – Pablo
Robyn: I’ve always felt that there should be more than enough space in a Spanish national final for this type of music. Sure, dembow music has its origins in the Caribbean, but Chanel brings some trans-Atlantic flavour. While the lyrics maybe bilingual, that isn’t such a huge factor — this is a song to dance to, not to poetically analyse (though I am loving how Chanel sings of “todos los daddies”). If “SloMo” made it to Eurovision, it likely wouldn’t be a hit with juries — but it will be great to experience it live at Benidorm Fest.
5. Javiera Mena – “Culpa” (32 points)
🥇 – Pablo
🥉 – Lauren
Pablo: It’s not every Eurovision season that you see a song that ended up in your Spotify top 100 get signed up for compete for a chance to go to the contest. Javiera is a formidable electropop commander and “Culpa” is a testament to the fact. Its wide range of musical elements never fail to impress me: The danceable, diverse base beats, the great use of vocal effects, the dramatic organ climax, all to end in a vocal layering of good/evil a la Phantom of the Opera. Javiera is a complete original, and this song would be one of the most dignified options for Spain to send.
4. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mama” (32 points)
🥇 – Luis, Robyn
Luis: “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.
3. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería” (41 points)
🥈 – Robyn, Pablo, Tom
🥉 – Luis
Tom: Rap isn’t a genre that is usually heard very much at Eurovision. And when it is, it frequently flops. Rayden is giving Spanish rap a go with his song “Calle de la llorería” and dare I say (and I will say this quietly), this could do well. I have not seen Rayden sing live but if he brings the kind of drip from his music video onto the Benidorm stage, he will smash it. Rayden, much like his song, is just so cool and “Calle de la llorería” would not be out of place in a movie soundtrack or a TV series like Money Heist. I am not convinced this song or his moustache for that matter will be universally liked. Rap isn’t everyone’s cup of Sangria. However, the beat is irresistible and I think Rayden is an excellent addition to what will (finally) be a strong Spanish national final.
2. Luna Ki – “Voy a morir” (42 points)
🥇 – Natalie, Tom
Natalie: My first reaction to hearing this song was more or less… wait, what the hell was that!? Then I dived deeper into it and I feel completely in love. It’s like a mixture of angsty pop rock with delicious hyperpop touches and I’m totally sold on it. This, combined with the lyrics, are some of the most viscerally Cluster B feels I’ve ever heard in a national final, makes a song that coats my heart in the beauty of craziness. Luna Ki is also known for their aesthetic, and with a song like this under their belt, I can’t waaaaait to see them on stage.
1. Tanxugueiras – “Terra” (50 points)
🥇 – Lauren
🥈 – Natalie
🥉 – Robyn, Tom
Lauren: 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!
What do you think? What is your favourite entry in Benidorm Fest 2022? Who should Spain send to Turin? Tell us your thoughts below!
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