Xeinn opened the show with a dancer trapped in a digital landscape and Sara Deop closed the show with entreaties to say “I love you”. And in between we saw a panoply of colours and sounds as the seven acts of Semi-Final 2 sang-it-out for just four remaining spots in the Benidorm Fest 2022 final.

Well the results are in and the qualifiers are now spraying their champagne somewhere in Benidorm. The acts advancing to Saturday’s Eurovision showdown are….

Benidorm Fest 2022: Semi-Final 2 results and qualifiers

  1. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá” (111 points)
  2. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería” (90 points) 
  3. Xeinn – “Eco”(81 points)
  4. Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría” (76 points)
  5. Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente” (63 points)
  6. Javiera Mena – “Culpa” (50 points)
  7. Sara Deop – “Make you say” (49 points)

The voting consisted of three components. The first, an expert jury, accounted for the half of the score. The jury included:

🇮🇸 Felix Bergsson (Iceland’s Head of Delegation)

🇦🇹 Marvin Dietmann (Artistic director)

🇪🇸 Natália Calderon (vocal coach)

🇪🇸 Estefanía García Nieto (inspector-coordinator of RTVE’s choir)

🇪🇸 Miryam Benedited (choreographer)

The remaining 50% 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. 

Rigoberta’s song delves into the stigma related to the female body. “I don’t know why so many people are scared of our tits,” she yells toward the end of the song. Given that, it shouldn’t be surprising that she featured breasts in different forms on stage. Her tight-fitting shirt showcased the shape of her own chest, while the LED floor showed a blue breast appearing to turn into a human eye. At the climax of the song, when she and her pals broke free of censorship and stigma, we saw a giant globe with a nipple — suggesting the centrality of the breast to life. Ay mama, indeed!

Expert Jury (50%)

  1. Rigoberta Bandini 56
  2. Xeinn 46
  3. Rayden 45
  4. Marta Sango 36
  5. Javiera Mena 28
  6. Gonzalo Hermida 28
  7. Sara Deop 21

Demoscopic (25%)

  1. Gonzalo Hermida 30
  2. Rigoberta Bandini 25
  3. Rayden 20
  4. Sara Deop 18
  5. Xeinn 15
  6. Marta Sango 12
  7. Javiera Mena 10

As we reported earlier in the week, Gonzalo tested positive for Covid prior to the live shows and was not allowed to perform live in the semis. As a result, the music video of his performance was aired instead.

Public voting (25%)

  1. Rigoberta Bandini 30
  2. Rayden 25
  3. Xeinn 20
  4. Gonzalo Hermida 18
  5. Marta Sango 15
  6. Javiera Mena 12
  7. Sara Deop 10

Benidorm Fest 2022: The overall points comparison

Because only six artists competed in the first semi-final rather than seven, it is difficult to compare scores between the shows. However, if we rank order the finalists by points, this is what it looks like:

  1. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá” (111 points)
  2. Chanel – “SloMo” (110 points)
  3. Tanxugueiras – “Terra”  (93 points)
  4. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería” (90 points) 
  5. Xeinn – “Eco”(81 points)
  6. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua” (79 points)
  7. Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría” (76 points)
  8. Varry Brava – “Raffaella” (74 points)
  9. Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”(69 points)
  10. Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente” (63 points)
  11. Unique – “Mejores” (55 points)
  12. Javiera Mena – “Culpa” (50 points)
  13. Sara Deop – “Make you say” (49 points)

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!

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por no estar
por no estar
3 months ago

I think the quirky performance is perfect for the song, well done. That last part creates a moment. I would go for rigoberta

Mareike
Mareike
3 months ago

I’m pretty sure at this stage that there was an issue with the sound equipment in the second semi. Ruth Lorenzo removed her in ear monitor half way through her performance so clearly there was an issue. This would also explain why Rayden was singing the lower harmony to his song instead of the melody (if that’s what was playing in his ear), or why some of the other candidates were… pitchy.

Grft
Grft
3 months ago
Reply to  Mareike

Rayden sang the lower harmony because that’s how he wanted it to sound like lol. Even if there was something in his ear that would not change his choice of melody… it’s how they rehearsed it.

Dolly
Dolly
3 months ago

Come on Gonzalo

Julio_SPA
Julio_SPA
3 months ago

Good for Rigoberta. Nowadays it is worthier having 400 haters, rather than 40 fans.

Darren
3 months ago

Trying too hard to be a meme with that big nip

I don’t want to see Eurovision enter a period where acts become more known for the memes rather than the songs they represent. (Norway/Azerbaijan 2021) it’s setting a dangerous precedent.

Car
Car
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It is actually the opposite. The song is a criticism to censorship.

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Car

Personally I think it does the opposite to what it’s apparent intent is.

bruvvv1
bruvvv1
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

it’s always been the case at eurovision tho. joke entries, trashed songs, acts and performances that became memes (intentionally or unintentionally) etc… if anything, it was probably even more intense years ago haha. and we just love feeding into the hype.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
3 months ago

Sorry, no voyes, no one exept Gonzalo hitting the tones, Rigoberta and her singers like a cat orchestra. From semi 1, SloMo very ridiculous…. Only 1 entry might have a Chance in Torino and is outstanding in Benidorm though they need to polish: TANXUGUEIRAS.

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Chupacabra

Go and say that to the jury.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
  1. Blanca Paloma 9/10
  2. Rayden 8,5/10
  3. Tanxuguieras 8/10
  4. Varry Brava 6/10
  5. Rigoberta 5/10
  6. Gonzalo Hermida 4/10
  7. Chanel 2/10
  8. Xeinn 1/10
Kobe
Kobe
3 months ago

Neither Chanel nor Rigoberta are going to reach a top 10 place.
I’m afraid no one from this selection can make a big difference in Turin.

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Kobe

Unfortunately, you’re right. Benidorm Fest couldn’t live up to the expectations.

Hector
Hector
3 months ago

I’ve never cared for Spain’s national final before, until this year. And it’s thanks to Ay Mama lol. There’s something so catchy about it, and as bad as the staging is, it’s still my favourite. It works. The song with the chants or whatever (tanxu something) is repetitive and Chanel’s song is only hyped cause of the slayage of the choreography (we’ve seen this before with fuego, an average song lifted by fierce choreograph). Ay mama is new and different and should be spains choice, albeit a bold and risky move.

Last edited 3 months ago by Hector
Xavi Jofre
Xavi Jofre
3 months ago

1. Chanel
2. Blanca Paloma
3. Gonzalo Hermida
4. Xeinn
5. Tanxugueiras
6. Rayden
7. Varry Brava
8. [email protected] Bandini

Last edited 3 months ago by Xavi Jofre
Danny
Danny
3 months ago

Guys, TVE received 42,000 votes in the first semi-final but only 17,000 in the second semi-final even though it had more viewers. I doubt Ay Mama would stand a chance against other televoting magnets like Tanxus and Chanel so I think we can relax a bit (at least for now).

Lex
Lex
3 months ago
Reply to  Danny

Tanxugueiras won’t lose the televote, it’s almost impossible. In Galicia this is a phenomenon right now, if I had to compare it to something, it would be like Rosa de España but reduced to that autonomous community. The show will break records there, and they will vote, they really took it personally.

Efraim
Efraim
3 months ago

My take on Benidorm SF2: #7: Sara Deop – Let’s just say she got beaten to the punch by Chanel doing a similar concept, but way, way better, in SF1. #6: Javiera Mena – Classic case of too much going on, with stairs and moving neons that didn’t really add anything to the performance. Her look (and in particular whatever she was wearing on her face) did her no favors either. #5: Marta Sango – Another one who might want to consider hiring a new stylist. As for the performance, it was nothing special, just a cutesy throwback without much… Read more »

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
3 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

“you might like it, you might not like it, but it will not leave you indifferent”

Yes that’s what Jendrik was going for as well, and we all know how that went.

Rayden is the only choice for Spain, an organic performance that is sui generis and unmistakably spanish. I hope they see that, but maybe they will just never get it right.

Last edited 3 months ago by vangelis vt
Efraim
Efraim
3 months ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

You left out the “like nothing you’ve seen before” part, and that’s an important one too. A comedic number in which a performer sang and played a small instrument, or even a toy instrument, while one or more dancers in tacky costumes goofed around the stage? That had already been done before Jendrik (yes, I’m thinking Rodolfo Chikilicuatre). As for the other part, I was firmly Team Rayden before last night, and while the presentation was brilliant, the song still needs to shine, and as I mentioned in the first post, I personally think it didn’t live up to its… Read more »

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
3 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Chikiliquatre was the other performance this brought to mind. Both not exactly the best precedents for Spain’s reboot in the contest.

Atlas
3 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Confundir chikilixuatre con ay mamá, es no enterarse de.nada…unqncosa es una broma y otra una escena teatral que divierte , mientras emociona a la vez….
Es lo que tiene saber mucho de foureiras y no haber ido nunca al teatro

Efraim
Efraim
3 months ago
Reply to  Atlas

Cuando decía que Chikilicuatre ya lo había hecho antes, me refería a Jendrik, no a Rigoberta.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

I agree. That´s real Castilian on a high level with many metaphors. Absolutely gorgeous ! I also appreciate the singing skills of Blanca Paloma.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mr X
Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago

Given how Ay mama is a feminist song, in the case it represents Spain… Can it suffer the comparisons with Toy? Those comparisons killed Je me casse‘s chances

Efraim
Efraim
3 months ago

Hey, Je me casse ended seventh. We would kill for that kind of chance-killing.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Je me casse spent weeks at number one in the odds. Then the previews of the performances happened.

Una
Una
3 months ago

I think that “Ay mamá” is the best of the three. It is authentic. It’s based on Rigoberta’s original ideas from some time ago, and partly co-written and produced by herself. It is very interesting and meaningful from a lyrical standpoint. It can be catchy with the “mamamamama” and the symbolism the song entails but only if well executed. It can be done. And yes, it is in perfect “alignment” with most of the top 10 songs of 2021. It is authentic and it’s made in a national language. “Toy” is written by a talented male composer that wrote a… Read more »

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Tbh I would 100 percent be on board with ay mamá winning if the staging was a hell of a lot better. If she wins, I will be praying they redo the whole performance for this performance will not get beyond 20th place.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

I respect the song and the artistic aspect and the message but I do not like it at all. I think it’s super niche and it counts too much on the “w t ff shhock factor” as per the stage performance.

I cannot believe how that chaotic and messy and amateur overall performance was rewarded by the jury with highest number of points.

Atlas
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Porque es teatralmente divertido..visualizando elensaje y emocionando a la vez…..y si, es premeditadamente amateur.,..es el guión…..solo que tus limitaciones no lo ven

Lex
Lex
3 months ago
Reply to  Atlas

“Deliberately amateur”
Rigoberta can appear, fart and leave and some people would applaud while explaining the deep meaning behind it. This is beyond ridiculous lol

Atlas
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

Aparte dE no estar d acuerdo en nada. Es acaso el puesto lo relevante en Eurovisión?Entonces que importancia tiene la música , la letra..? SólO queréis la irrelevancia genérica…o divas de ventilador? Tan poco valor tiene el Esc?

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago

Nevertheless it´s totally a different song. besides the message

Xxx
Xxx
3 months ago

Rigoberta can’t sing, so no.

Darren
3 months ago

Je Me Casse wasn’t feminist so can we pretty please stop saying that it is? Either was Toy! Someone just rhymed boy with toy and the only way they could link it up was by saying it was feminist. From the interview Netta gave, it was clear abundantly that she knew absolutely nothing about the #MeToo movement. Ay Mama isn’t feminist either, we all know it will be mostly known for the large nipple rather than the actual song. Delegations know their song is thrash and just stick some kind of social cause on it and hope it works. Only… Read more »

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Thanks you for everything you wrote!

Jim
Jim
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Stop with the mansplaining.

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Stop with the delusion

Valentino
Valentino
3 months ago

Hope for the final, they will vote for who they think will do best at Eurovision and not just who they like.

Gmisk
3 months ago

Errr what’s with the giant boob behind her?!

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Gmisk

the song is about feminism and the woman’s body + tits.

The boob in the globe has a symbolic value.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, “nuestras tetas” in the lyrics means “our boobs”

Last edited 3 months ago by Mr X
Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago
Reply to  Gmisk

That’s Boris Johnson. Oh, wait…

circus mircus drop when
circus mircus drop when
3 months ago

Upvoted, but boobs have function and value, unlike that festering heap of bewigged toxic waste… (hi, is this the BBC? I just had a staging idea…)

Nadia
Nadia
3 months ago

Sad that Azucar would have made it to the final if they were this semi, they were my guilty pleasure 🙁 I have 4 rn favorites (Blanca, Chanel=Rayden, Rigoberta in this order) and I’m equally happy if either win. Also because they all would be one or another position of the bottom 5 I don’t care lol. There are reasons Spain doesn’t get a lot of votes beyond the song or anything to do with th performance. I don’t know why foreigners are pretending to be clueless about this

AlexC
AlexC
3 months ago
Reply to  Nadia

if we are clueless it means there are no other reasons except for the bad song choices.

Nadia
Nadia
3 months ago
Reply to  AlexC

100% agree the song choices have been far from great, but imagine for example if Blas were Swedish or Norwegian, the song lyrics in English and everything else the same…well yeah. I want Secreto de Agua ftw all the way, but seeing many Spanish people united around Ay Mama made me happy, and then non-Spaniards trashing it is very…I don’t know how to put it but it feels like fake concern. It’s not like the case of being mad at Intention which not even Bulgarians like. I DO believe Spaniards are learning, like from the 2018 fiasco, that’s why Marta… Read more »

rackham
rackham
3 months ago
Reply to  Nadia

I don’t think it’s any kind of bias against Spain, people are mostly just lashing out because they have other favourites and thus feel threatened by the amount of points Rigoberta got here. Same old, same old. And it does seem understandably divisive from an outsider’s view? It’s a very eccentric song with a very eccentric performance. If there’s something identifiably Spanish about it that people are accidentally insulting, though, then I’m sorry. (All I can picture is everybody saying something along the lines of, “last year Spain mooned us, and now they’re flashing us!”) (Also, for what it’s worth,… Read more »

Zander25
Zander25
3 months ago

After seeing her performance I’m changing my point of view on her, Too much drama she wasted on stage presentation results to a mess.

NoLight
NoLight
3 months ago

“Ay Mama” is not a bad song at all. But Spain, please we need Chanel to be a superstar this summer. Well… At least this is exactly the kind of bop I need right now :’)

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
3 months ago

i mean really!!!! you see this as a winner? amateur dramatics night for me.

Atlas
3 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Quizás el amateur en el teatro eres tú, que no ves que es pretendido el amateurismo

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Ay Mama just broke into Top 10 on Spotify and Terra into Top 50 going up 60 places from yersterday. Slo Mo also debut.
Artists having the best numbers of their careers.
Regardless what happens on Saturday or Eurovision, this is a step to the right direction. Hopefully this will push other artists to try next year.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Alfred and Amaia Tu Canción was number 2.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

for one week and then it dropped. Lo Malo was the biggest hit.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

RTVE must be proud of their decision to do Benidorm. There’s a lot of hype, artists are getting exposure and finding success on charts which means more talented artists will apply for next year’s fest and labels will be more competitive.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

Chanel and Rigoberta will top the jury vote, maybe even a tie, I don’t see the jury change their minds and preferences in one day. Rigoberta and Tanxugueiras will top the televote if we look at the charts, Varry Brava and Chanel could come 3rd and 4rth. Now the demoscopic jury it’s another thing, Chanel and Gonzalo could top this again too maybe, and Rigoberta and Tanxugueiras in the 3rd and 4rth place of their ranking. Mathematically and logically it means it’s definetely a race between Chanel and Rigoberta now. An hypothesis, Chanel gets 18 pts in televote and 30… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Esc addict
Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I have the same overall prediction, but Tanxugueiras (and not Rigoberta) will have the 30 points from televote.

Rafs
Rafs
3 months ago
Reply to  Lorena

That’s a fact, actually. Rigoberta is gonna end up second or third from televote.
Her victory will depend on how many points she gets from the jury (first or second) and the demoscopic jury (third,fourth or even fifth).
I would love to see Rigoberta winning because Ay,mamá is my favorite song by far, but I think Chanel is the one most likely to win this Saturday.

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Rafs

No, I am quite sure Rigoberta will go second in televote: do not forget it is in the prime time programmes in a private Spanish TV Channel, that’s lotssss of televote. The only reason why she won’t go first is the whole Galician region voting for Tanxugueiras.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Varry Brava won’t top Chanel or Rayden in televoting.

I expect Rayden or Chanel to be 3rd.

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Many votes that were for Chanel on Wednesday will go for Rigoberta this time. So it depends on what the Rayden fans do: if they keep on voting him, he can go 3rd and Chanel 4th. If not, Chanel will go 3rd. Talking only about televoting here. I think she will win the demographic vote.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Varry Brava are 5th on itunes spain, Chanel is 12th, Rayden is 30th, so yeah Varry Brava could top Chanel and Rayden in the televote.

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I voted for Varry Brava in the first semifinal, I thought that the 4th position would go either for them or Azúcar Moreno and I really wanted them in the Final. I have been following them and seeing them in summer festivals for many years and I really wanted Raffaella in the final, it is so fun and fresh.
But I am not voting them on Saturday as I want to focus on my main favourite (by the way, I do not know who that one is yet, haha).

Carter
Carter
3 months ago

Honestly, we don’t care if she doesn’t win. It is a hymn to the struggle of women, to censorship and to love. It is a criticism for which perhaps some are not prepared but that will leave its mark in a few years. In the same way, we greatly appreciate your comments, we know that you want to help. We also know that Chanel’s proposal is more likely to position itself better, but Chanel’s message is a message that we see every year and despite her effort and work, what Rigoberta has done is original and vindictive.

Spanish expat
Spanish expat
3 months ago

I am Spanish expat living in Europe, which I think helps me to better see both sides from the distance. I think one of the (many) problems that Spain faces at Erovision is that Europe has a different expectation of “what Spain should send” than Spain itself. As an example, I see William and other eurofans in this chat often referring to wanting to hear what they consider “typical Spanish” upbeat latin songs, such as Channel’s. While in Spain people consume this music, the reality is that it mostly comes from Latin America, and it is not considered as something… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

Yeah that globe titty needs to go away for eurovision xD but if Manizha found a way to appeal to Europe I am sure rigoberta can too.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’d compare Ay Mama with Moon Is Rising instead of Russian Woman.

Lex
Lex
3 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

And at least the moves were coordinated in “Moon Is Rising”. We can’t say the same here, it feels like they didn’t rehearse at all.

AlexC
AlexC
3 months ago

There is a reason Spain did not win in 53 years. Bad choices. The same goes for the UK but at least the Brits are not sour.
For those saying Chanel can’t win, remember Foureira. She took an average song and made it super hit in Europe and beyond. Chanel’s song is even better.
By all means, send Van titty and you will get exactly what you deserve. 54 years.

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  AlexC

And Eleni Foureira didn’t win either.

AlexC
AlexC
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Lost by a slim margin and her song was more successful than the winning song.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich

She won commercial success and gave Cyprus (a tiny country with no diaspora or block voting with a number of countries) their best result ever.

Rafs
Rafs
3 months ago
Reply to  AlexC

What Eurovision has taught us in recent years is that people now tend to vote to unique and good songs. That’s why Malta, San Marino and Cyprus ranked bad compared to the expectations fans had; their songs didn’t live up to their packaging.
I think Chanel can deliver and would be a decent representation for Spain, but the song doesn’t stand out for itself, and that’s also a risk.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Rafs

Chanel cannot be compared to Destiny/Elena Tsagrinou, Senhit and Tamta.

Chanel’s performance is stunning and leaves you begging for more. It’s a Superbowl type of performance.

The ladies above did not give us strong performances.

Rafs
Rafs
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Elena Tsagrinou’s performance was quite good, and with better vocals than Chanel. The problem was the song, again.
Everyone thought last year that she was going to end up in the top 10 and close to the top 5.
It’s not about a comparison among them, it’s a about the comparison of the role of diva with an ok or weak song, that it is crearly deprecated in Eurovision according to last years.

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Rafs

I also believe Tamta’s performance was very good. The thing is that we have already seen those kind of performances thousands of times already in Eurovision. Plus, they are dance songs that hardly ever gets to people hearts.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  AlexC

The Brits won in 1997 though, while Spain last won in the 60s.

Honestly, whether they send SloMo, Terra or Mama, Spain is not winning this year. The question is which song will give them a strong result. I think SloMo is the answer.

Ria NL
Ria NL
3 months ago

I hope that Rayden or Tanxuguieras wil win. I Don ”t like Rigoberta and her song

MTD
MTD
3 months ago

It’s rather bizzare and pretty much in the “joke act” realm. Hope Spain won’t choose it because bottom 5 ain’t far, again.

noone
noone
3 months ago

I love Rigoberta, but there’s no way EBU would allow that staging. But it would be awesome to see it in Turin. The message is really good: the globe as a breast- symbolizing that Earth is our mother that feeds us and we shouldn’t destroy it. On top of it all, it would at least be memorable and schocking to some. Possibly finishing in Top 20 this year. Don’t kid yourselves that Terra or SloMo will finish on the left side, ’cause it will be bottom 5 again.

Joselito
Joselito
3 months ago
Reply to  noone

That is actually the point is she is banned. Why could Maneskin show his chest last year and a woman can’t? This would put a focus on her. Free the nipple!

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  noone

But i dont get the feminist message… Why would a feminist choose a round, big and firm tit (the one men love) over a hanging one (the one all mothers end up having)?

Lorena
Lorena
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

So your proposal is changing the current tit for a hanging one?

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  noone

Why would EBU not allow the staging? I see no breach of rules.

Karworld
Karworld
3 months ago

Despite the performances yesterday were a bit disappointing, the thing is Spain has now in the final 8 great songs. (some of them top 10 material under my opinion), 8 great talented singers and performers and THREE months ahead to improve their performances. So it sounds promising.

Last edited 3 months ago by Karworld
Anton
Anton
3 months ago

C’mon guys, I don’t think “Ay mama” is that bad. It’s actually the best in both vocal and staging of the night, in my humble opinion of course. It could even get a solid top 15 in Eurovision.

Karworld
Karworld
3 months ago

The reason why Spaniards love Rogoberta’s song so much is that it is ADDICTIVE! The lyrics are very powerful too, so after listening to it three times you Are IN. I have experienced that myself. Wasnt a big fan of it, and still not my fav, but I absolutely love it.

Nicomro
Nicomro
3 months ago
Reply to  Karworld

Absolutely !! But even though it will most likely be in my top 3 if it wins, i fear that the effect of “not si much liking the song from the first listening but liking it from the third” will be detrimental at the ESC.. cause juste like you, the first Time, i was not so much into it..
Is this song a drug haha ? Most of the drugs work the same lmfao

Last edited 3 months ago by Nicomro
Ovunque
Ovunque
3 months ago
Reply to  Karworld

Not only that but Rigoberta herself is quite charming and as someone else put it “She could stand on the stage and say nothing and still finish on top of the board”. She’s authentic and she’s not afraid to express her authenticity. The song is addicting as hell too. It’s the only song I would play on Spotify, everything else is rubbish in my opinion.

Olaaaf
Olaaaf
3 months ago

Honestly I like Rigoberta’s song, but I just think that performance was a mess. There was just waaaay too much going on and I also highly doubt EBU would allow all the boob props… It still has potential but it needs work, if the staging stays like that I predict another poor result for Spain. Chanel would be an amazing choice imo, although these kind of songs are nothing new she has good vocals and stellar choreo that makes for a memorable performance that’s bound to escape the bottom 5 at least. Rayden and Tanxygueiras would also be very solid… Read more »

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Olaaaf

what’s wrong with boobs prop? The way it was used in the background was funny and not offensive.Was the public offended by the same-sex kiss in the performances of Lithuania 2015, Finland 2013?

Ares
Ares
3 months ago

So contrary to what I’ve seen is the general mood around here, everyone I’ve seen so far reacting to Rigoberta’s performance is loving and enjoying it, and that’s what matter for me. So count me as another tasteless spanish eurofan, but I’d send Rigoberta to eurovision a thousand times over Chanel. As with the studio version, her performance grows in me every time I watch it, and she’s all I asked for our representative. So yeah, on Saturday I’d be voting so I can proudly say: Rigoberta a Eurovisión!

Last edited 3 months ago by Ares
Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  Ares

And when she flops in Eurovision you will deny having voted her.

Ares
Ares
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Regardless of her position I’ll be proud, mostly bc I’ve been her fan since a while ago, and despite what you may do, I prefer to be proud of my representative that don’t liking it and achieving a great result. But enjoy your bitterness, I guess. It is what most people here seem to feel

LaLaLa
LaLaLa
3 months ago

Pointless to discuss here or to pretend anyone knows what will happen in Eurovision. “Chanel will win”, “Chanel will flop”. The only sure statement is Spain will not win Eurovision, so I’d say just send the song you’re happy with and have fun.

To me, Rigoberta staging is a bit messy, but it reminds me of the costume parties I used to have with my cousins, which seems the whole point, since the dancers that go with her are her cousins after all.

Will it win? No. Do they care? Mhhh no.

Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  LaLaLa

They will care if they’re bottom five, happened in 2018 when people wanted lo malo.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  LaLaLa

They will care bc if they get bottom 5 people who now support them will abandon them.
Everybody loves a winner…

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  LaLaLa

I think they won’t care but they will be disappointed especially the artist herself. However, the song and Rigoberta have soo much support from the publiv that honestly this is a victory no matter what happens in Turin. She got a big hit and she’s in demand now. I believe it will help enable the Spanish diaspora in Europe to vote for Spain

Vamoss
Vamoss
3 months ago

No disrespect to spanish eurofans but they are known for being tasteless and hyped for nothing, they had the option to send LO MALO who was the biggest hit of 2018 and they picked almaia because of the fake love story. Its not RTVE’s fault all the time, your voting is just…weird

Last edited 3 months ago by Vamoss
Charlie06
Charlie06
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

I really loved “lo malo”… But the girls sounded awful live ? I mean, they have improved a lot after OT, but singing “lo malo” in 2018…

Vamoss
Vamoss
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlie06

Do you really think it was about the vocals? Dont you remember they hype about almaia before they even got the song?

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

People watched the OT live feeds on YouTube as it was unfolding so viewers were invested in that developing real-time relationship hence why the vote in the selection was swayed in their favor.

Vamoss
Vamoss
3 months ago
Reply to  James

this is problematic. Its a song contest and people vote for reasons unrelated with the song. Apparently a show uses rigobertas song and now is considered as anthemic and potential eurovision winner (?) by them. I am out of words

LaLaLa
LaLaLa
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

“No disrespect but there goes my disrespect”

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

You are absolutely right boy/girl.
I am Spanish, i follow EsC for many many years and i know i will never see Spain winning Eurovision bc Spanish Fans vote the most absurd songs for the most absurd reasons that are never related to the song itself.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Spanish Mumsnet voting for it and Death Boob. LOL.

Mi7kel
Mi7kel
3 months ago

I’m loving how everyone makes bad predictions if their song won’t win. How about you enjoy the song you like, vote for it, and that’s it?. Usually my favourite song doesn’t win Eurovision, and that means nothing to me, I will still play that song. I’m Spanish and I’ve been enjoying Eurovision even though I didn’t like our candidates for years. Cause for me it’s about relishing and feeling the song you want and like, regardless what people think or the results. And without ditching the one songs you don’t like or get the hype about.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  Mi7kel

It is not making bad predictions if their song won’t win, it is being able to call ridiculous what is ridiculous.

Vamoss
Vamoss
3 months ago
Reply to  Mi7kel

fair enough, I dont feel hate also had fans last year. Just dont have high expectations and dont blame RTVE, its not their fault

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

But the sad thing about this is that the same people who applaud Rigoberta or whoever they choose to vote will abandon them when they flop in Eurovision.

eurofan
eurofan
3 months ago
Reply to  Mi7kel

As much as it pains me to say it, you are correct….it was messy and quite frankly, the vocals were very weak. This was probably my favourite going into the live shows. I hope she raises her game, because I would like this to win. The giant boob won’t stay either……. the EBU are rather prudish about things like that !!

Car
Car
3 months ago

Free the nipple!!!!
Free women!!!

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Car

just do it.

Kredential
Kredential
3 months ago

Hoping for a Tanxugueiras or Chanel win (and wouldn’t mind a Rayden win either). For me personally, Rigoberta’s song is not very accessible and hasn’t grown on me with the multiple times I’ve listened to it. As somebody who doesn’t understand the meaning/message behind the song, the staging is also quite bizarre. It seems a lot of Spaniards absolutely love the song, so if Rigoberta wins, they need to make sure the song is accessible enough for an international audience to get a good result. Spain have done a great job this year, I hope their efforts are well rewarded… Read more »

Guillermo
Guillermo
3 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

What did Maneksin to get his song accessible? Nothing. Winners.

Kredential
Kredential
3 months ago
Reply to  Guillermo

What about Zitti e buoni isn’t accessible? It may be a rock song, but it has a mainstream sound and is very radio friendly. Ay mama is indie pop and has more of an experimental sound.

Jack
Jack
3 months ago

Songs that have a meaning for the local audience need to be understood by the international audience as well, to do well. Yianna Terzi failed to do so, Rigoberta’s performance ridicules the message and looks like a drunk High school performance. If they send her they should expect no more than 10 points from the televote.

P.S Spanish eurofans need to stop attacking people who don’t like this mess, it’s a song that will be judged by others, not you, that’s why there is an international jury ?

Bella
Bella
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack

I am not spanish, but lets be fair… you are attacking them constantly…

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack

For me it is a cringe in every way. What is it that Spanish people seem to love or think is an important message when the rest of Europe is busy with freeing their mouth from masks and themselves and trying to pay energy bills because of hyperinflation. It’s like a child crying that she wants candy in Africa when the rest is dying of starvation. Awkward.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich

well said

Poliku
Poliku
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Lol they will stop attacking people who don’t like this mess when people don’t mocking their taste ?????

nikki
nikki
3 months ago

Chanel or Tanxugueiras ftw

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago

#bootyhypnotic

Mary gar
3 months ago

I’m so over people comparing every female pop dance song to Eleni. When will it stop? Does this genre Need to stop existing from eurovision for people to get over it? Slomo is very different from fuego and I personally think it’s better as a package than any “fuego style” songs that came after it (replay, chameleon, El Diablo..) I’ll be really happy if she wins. I’ll also be happy for tanxu or rayden. They are both great and it’ll be interesting to see how the viewers will react to them. As for rigo, if this artist and performance means… Read more »

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
3 months ago

I hope jury will fix the final results. It seems spaniards are blinded again, I still remember how many times I read comments about Brequette or Lo Malo would have done better for Spain.
For me, Chanel or Blanca Paloma are who deserve to win the Benidorm Fest.

Thanos
Thanos
3 months ago

After a second run-through of all the songs I can confirm that I think Rayden’s entry is my favourite. It’s so catchy, Spanish and creative all in one! Blanca Paloma is my second place with a very touching ballad filled with traditional elements. Gonzalo Hermida is my third. The rest of the songs don’t do much for me. Chanel is something we’ve seen so many times before that even the epic dance break doesn’t seem to wow me that much anymore. Rigoberta’s entry is mediocre at best. Feels like two songs in one actually or even three if we count… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Thanos
PP77
PP77
3 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

Rayden Is copy of Greece.Chanel Is copy of Cyprus 2018,2019,2021.
Marta song have vibe of Denmark 2021

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  PP77

a song of a genre is not a copy lmao

Dr. D
Dr. D
3 months ago

Hopefully it will be anyone but Chanel.

fionn
fionn
3 months ago
Reply to  Dr. D

agreed.

Ovunque
Ovunque
3 months ago
Reply to  Dr. D

It’s utter garbage, people in the Eurovision community have been obsessing over these Fuego copycats for like half a decade now. It’s seriously time to move on. The recipe only worked once and everyone else has been a flop.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Ovunque

absolutely

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  lisa thompson

She got me?

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago

When she comes dead last in May, I’ll ‘take a video and watch it slo mo mo mo mo mo…’ 😛

Ric
Ric
3 months ago

I mean…purely from a strategic point of view, Ay Mama (which I really like) offers something different that in past years has always been rewarded (see last year’s top 9). Many fans are saying Chanel would be a sure top10, but if I look back at the most recent Fuego-style bops, well…none of them reached the left side of the scoreboard. Taste at eurovision is shifting.

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  Ric

It’s because any songs after fuego didn’t amount to it but Chanel exceeded it. It will do fantastically well as it’s soooo polished. Rigos song is good on paper but live it didn’t come off the way I’d hoped.

Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Ric

It’s not so much that people aren’t responding to a genre of music but rather how its staged, choreographed, styled, the vocal delivery and a lot of the recent “Fuego style bops” have failed to deliver in these areas, hence did not score as highly as Eleni. Chanel however,with the performance she did the other night is pretty much matching Eleni (meant as a complement). Everything seems well thought through,Chanel is very charismatic and confident, she can dance and judging by the reactions that many people have had,it seems like a lot of people think of that performance as being… Read more »

musica
musica
3 months ago

I think Rayden has the most potential to do well at Eurovision, out of all the candidates. His song is both authentic and accessible for a large European audience. He has charisma and he can perform. His backings need a little tweaking though. Chanel had a great performance but nothing we haven’t seen before. Tanxugueiras is probably my second favorite after Rayden, their song is interesting and it sounds true to themselves. Rigoberta… I understand the appeal, her message is beautiful and empowering, but this is a bottom 5 waiting to happen, maybe some sympathy votes but that’s it.

Schlippschlapp71 (Ex-Mariposa)
Schlippschlapp71 (Ex-Mariposa)
3 months ago
Reply to  musica

CDLL has one of the best lyrics I´ve ever heard in a Eurovision entry (I´m a spanish student from Germany)

Thanos
Thanos
3 months ago

Honestly I am not a fan of this year’s Benidorm Fest. Actually I was most moved by Gonzalo Hermida’s entry in this semi. Rayden has also a very interesting song that is catchy and with a creative performance but they do need to improve. Rigoberta’s entry is not to my liking up to now. All in all I think Blanca, Rayden and Gonzalo are my personal top 3 with no particular order.

rainer1
rainer1
3 months ago

ay mama is really really terrible, chanel sings really, really terrible and with rayden the accompaniment is really really terrible.
there is only one who sang well and whose performance was ok. xeiin.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  rainer1

The best Spanish selection for a long time and you’d have them send some Melfest-style filler song? Why?

rainer1
rainer1
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

because he is the only one who can sing two straight tones in a row.