She’s one of the hot favourites in Spain’s Benidorm Fest. And on Tuesday, Rigoberta Bandini had their first rehearsal on stage with her band: Belén, Esteban, Juan and… someone else?
Paula Ribó, that’s Rigoberta’s real name, had her first technical rehearsal of “Ay Mamá” earlier this morning. In a short video, she tells us how she feels.
Set to perform fifth in Benidorm Fest’s second semi-final on Thursday, Rigoberta Bandini is in love with the stage: “It felt so emotional, everything is incredible.”
There were doubts regarding her performance. Some days ago, it was published that she would have a giant boob on stage. As you can read in our lyrics translation, “Ay Mamá” deals with the issue of stigma on female bodies. “I don’t know why so many are scared of our tits”, she sings.
In a tweet, she joked about it: “The boob will be so big I’ll have to perform from home because I won’t fit on stage”. Now, she only knows her own tits will be on stage, but “we’ll see” about the rest.
Earlier doubts about “Ay mamá”
Rigoberta wrote this song eight years ago, before she became a mother herself. When she first started working on the song, she felt “there was something there”. “It made me cry, I knew there was something, so I just dug like a dog until I found it”.
Even though the process was “hard” because of the short timing, in the end, the song convinced her “100%”.
“At first, I liked the demo, but I wasn’t in love with it. I thought I would withdraw if by the deadline I wasn’t convinced about it, but by the time I had to submit the final version, I loved it”, she explains.
The impact of “Ay mamá”
“Ay Mamá” is one of the songs with the biggest impact of all Benidorm Fest. It reached number 38 on Spotify Global’s Viral 50 and has clocked over three million streams on the platform.
“I feel like we won already”, she explains. She also feels “vertigo” about Eurovision: “If Benidorm Fest already meant a lot of changes, Eurovision is going to be crazy”.
As we already told you, “Ay Mamá” is turning into a hit in Spain. So far, it’s been featured on Telecinco’s Rocío show and Sálvame.
What do you think about “Ay mamá”? Is Rigoberta Bandini your favourite? Should she sing at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comment section below!