Varry Brava opened the show with their disco-themed number “Raffaella” and Chanel closed it with her pulsating club track “SloMo”. And in between we saw some of the most eye-popping staging and Eurovision-ready songs of any Spanish national final in recent memory. But in the end only four acts could advance to the Benidorm Fest 2022 final. They are…
Benidorm Fest 2022: Semi-Final 1 results and qualifiers
- Chanel – “SloMo” (110 points)
- Tanxugueiras – “Terra” (93 points)
- Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua” (79 points)
- Varry Brava – “Raffaella” (74 points)
- Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”(69 points)
- Unique – “Mejores” (55 points)
The voting consisted of three components. The first, an expert jury, accounted for the half of the score, while the remainder was divided between a demoscopic jury and the public televote.
A demoscopic jury is a panel of judges made up of a sample of the Spanish population. They were selected by statistical and demoscopic criteria to be representative of the country at large.
Chanel cast herself as the Spanish Eleni Foureira, delivering dance moves that lived up to her lyrics, which include the iconic phrase “booty hypnotic.” She popped and locked and served it all slick and sultry, proving that it is possible to sing while performing sick choreography. She won both the professional jury vote and the demoscopic poll, and managed to come second in the public voting. Some of you have suggested that the performance had too much backing vocal and not enough of her.
The powerful trio of Tanxugueiras were the only act able to top her in the public vote segment. The three women wore black outfits with golden highlights — coming through in their jewellery and make-up — and seemed to cast a magical spell on their male backing dancers, who appeared shirtless as they twirled in skirts. Many fans have complained online that the camerawork needs improvement and that the choreography is somewhat lacklustre.
Expert Jury (50%)
- Chanel 55
- Blanca Paloma 41
- Varry Brava 39
- Azúcar Moreno 39
- Tanxugueiras 38
- Unique 28
- Chanel 30
- Tanxugueiras 25
- Blanca Paloma 20
- Azúcar Moreno 18
- Varry Brava 15
- Unique 12
Public voting (25%)
- Tanxugueiras 30
- Chanel 25
- Varry Brava 20
- Blanca Paloma 18
- Unique 15
- Azúcar Moreno 12
What do you think of the results? Who stands the best chance of doing well in the final? Let us know in the comments box below!