Tanxugueiras Terra
Rodaxe Tanxugueiras. Figa. Pazo de Señorans. Rocio Cibes. 05/05/21

As decision day for Spain has finally arrived, it’s also time to find out who our readers want to represent the country at Eurovision 2022. And with a landslide win, it seems the most popular choice to be crowned the winners of Benidorm Fest 2022 is Tanxugueiras.

Tanxugueiras are a favourite to win Benidorm Fest 2022

The Galician trio finished on top of our poll with 4,637 votes — or more than 40% of all that were cast. Despite “Terra” finishing second in its semi-final, our readers were still convinced by the song’s strong ethnic undertones and the girls’ powerful vocals.

Finishing in second is Chanel with her song “SloMo”. Her Latin bop was a surprise winner of its semi-final and  has since been gaining great hype for the win.

Poll results: Who should win Benidorm Fest 2022?

  1. Tanxugueiras – “Terra”, 4,637 votes (44.54%)
  2. Chanel – “SloMo”, 2,075 votes (19.93%)
  3. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería”, 1,254 votes (12.04%)
  4. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mamá”, 996 votes (9.57%)
  5. Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría”, 835 votes (8.02%)
  6. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de agua”, 310 votes (2.98%)
  7. Xeinn – “Eco”, 211 votes (2.03%)
  8. Vary Brava – “Rafaella”, 93 votes (0.89%)

Total votes: 10,411

Benidorm Fest 2022 running order

The running order for the final of Benidorm Fest 2022 has now been decided. It sees Rayden opening the show, whilst Blanca Paloma will be last to perform.

  1. Rayden “Calle de la llorería”
  2. Tanxugueiras “Terra”
  3. Vary Brava “Rafaella”
  4. Chanel “SloMo”
  5. Rigoberta Bandini “Ay mamá”
  6. Xeinn “Eco”
  7. Gonzalo Hermida “Quién lo diría”
  8. Blanca Paloma “Secreto de agua”

The final will also use the same voting method as the semi-finals, mixing the votes from an expert jury (50%), a demoscopic poll (25%) and a public vote (25%) to decide Spain’s ultimate winner.

What do you think of the poll results? Will we be experiencing more Eurodrama tonight? Let us know in the comments box below!

@wiwibloggs_official #Benidormfest 2022 qualifiers SF2: Rigoberta Bandini “Ay mamá”, Rayden “Calle de la llorería”, Xeinn “Eco”, Gonzalo Hermida “Quién lo diría” #esc2022 ♬ sonido original – wiwibloggs

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

I live in a world where a jury of experts actually thinks “Terra” is the same level of song as “Eco”.
Help me. XD

jotka
jotka
6 months ago

Robbed by the jury, unbelievable. How can you split the voting like this without making all the votes count the same? It’s like 80% jury in reality…

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

What makes me happy is that Tanxugueiras were embraced by Spain and when they come back with something even better than “Terra” (“Figa” and “Midas” are good examples), they’ll have a lot of support to make it happen.

And good luck to Chanel, I’m not a fan of the song, but she’s for sure a star on the stage.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

This is great television. If any big pop star delivered a performance like this on a big music awards show, people would go crazy the next day. So, it’s that kind of entry that I probably won’t put on my top 10, but I won’t complain at all if it gets there.

ales
ales
6 months ago

Insanity

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

Congrats, Chanel! This just might be THE banger we need this season. If some much less superb bops managed to go mid-board, I think that Spain now HAS TO avoid that dreaded bottom. In fact, this could score a top ten. There, I said it.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It’s more than doable. The big question is how many bangers we’ll have in contention and how well they’ll be received.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

That’s true, but if Replay, El Diablo, Chameleon, and Sugar all managed to go mid-board, and even Like It (I mean – Like It, geez!) managed to qualify, I think it would feel really unfair if Spain finishes below 20th spot yet again. Sure, top 10 is merely a possibility which might or might not happen based on plethora of things, but I find it hard to imagine Slo Mo finishing under 17th place or so. If Chanel performs as well, the juries will be sold, and the audiences would at least like it either way.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

All good points. I hope it pays off, I want Benidorm to become a permanent thing. I already know that my post-Eurovision depression will include me listening to all of Rayden’s discography, for example.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Oh, yeah. By far the best selection to come from Spain in the last couple of years. This is what France was last year. In fact, when and if France does their selection in 2022, they’ll have Benidorm as a gold standard to be compared with.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Speaking about France… no news yet. They’re being very quiet.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Not a whisper. There are rules for the selection published on Wiki, but no dates. Apparently, there will be 12 entries, but when and how is unknown. Considering how many selections we have, the dates and proximity to the contest will decide whether I’ll follow it as much, but preliminary, France is my third most expected unreleased selection, after Sanremo and Melodifestivalen.

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes, and it was (in my opinion) a much, much weaker song. It still qualified. Spain doesn’t have the luxury (or has the privilege of not to, whatever you take it) to have that bar, but it will grab some attention on the night. If this was from Cyprus or Azerbaijan, everyone would be saying that.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I know you wouldn’t, Tibor. But you didn’t particularly like El Diablo either, and it did quite well, no? (At least to a degree of success that would feel like a huge upgrade for Spain.) This feels like a televote-draw for many casual fans, regardless of how one feels about it. Personally, I really like it, but it’s not the best thing since sliced bread or anything like that. 😉

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

El Diablo was 16th. Spain didn’t have a score above 20th place since 2014. While some might complain, this would be a big upgrade in the right direction, and most would realize it eventually. And I agree, Benidorm format has to remain.

Una
Una
6 months ago

The jury gave their points to America, not Spain. To have such an incredible group of artists with such original songs, and give the trophy to America …

Andi
Andi
6 months ago
Reply to  Una

So true… and sad

Una
Una
6 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Now really, good luck convincing Spanish artists to participate at the next edition.

Rich
Rich
6 months ago

The jury ruined it. We don’t want Chanel at Eurovision. She didn’t win either of the public votes. Now we have this sad imitation of Fuego that will do absolutely nothing in the contest.

AlexC
AlexC
6 months ago
Reply to  Rich

talk about yourself. The best song won and they will do great at ESC

Una
Una
6 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Spain could have sent this song if chosen through internal selection, not a live singing competition. How can one send this mainstream American song when you have the rest of the field? Europeans know better than American mainstream.

AlexC
AlexC
6 months ago
Reply to  Una

blah blah blah sour grapes

Jayy R
Jayy R
6 months ago

Tanxugeiras did so well, I’m so happy for them! But Chanel going to Eurovision has really made my evening, the best song won! Take a video, watch it slo mo!

Jayy R
Jayy R
6 months ago
Reply to  Jayy R

Unoriginal? Maybe. Catchy? For me, definitely. For now, Spain has my vote in Turin.

Last edited 6 months ago by Jayy R
por no estar
por no estar
6 months ago

god i hope spain comes dead last

sav001
sav001
6 months ago
Reply to  por no estar

Not happening

Hector
Hector
6 months ago

Well congrats to Chanel!! We have a winner!

Andi
Andi
6 months ago

This voting system is a joke…. the third of the public vote wins it. What the f***

sav001
sav001
6 months ago
Reply to  Andi

You do realise this happened at Eurovision too before? Heroes in 2015 came 3rd in televote but 1st with the juries and ended up winning the contest.

Oliver
Oliver
6 months ago
Reply to  sav001

Thats quite a different story, in 20q5 the points vere split 50/50. They were split 50/25/25 in the Benidorm Fest with the 5 jurors having the majority of the votes.

Sebas
Sebas
6 months ago

CHANEL DID IT WOOOO

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Chanel won. 96, against 91 for Rigoberta and 90 for Tanxugueiras, who topped televote and demoscopic.

Lolek
Lolek
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Talk about a tense voting countdown!!! Had Rigoberta won the televote, it would have been a tie between Chanel and her – and I suspect (not positive) that Rigoberta would have been declared winner by deference to the popular vote… wow, very happy for Chanel!! Somewhat sad for Tanxugueiras, cuz they were equally amazing!! Still, a strong entry for Spain this year for sure!!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

Last time there was a draw in Spain, didn’t they go with the “experts” rather than the public? 😉

Last edited 6 months ago by Briekimchi
Lolek
Lolek
6 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Very true indeed, but all the more reason I would think they would opt to “defer to the public” considering how bad the environment became in the studio when that happened in 2017.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

That was tense indeed. And proved that I had my reasons to be afraid about so much power on the hands of just 5 people. I hope the Spaniards that haven’t voted for her don’t treat Chanel badly, she was just doing her job and did it very well.

Thanos
Thanos
6 months ago

In what phase is the festival? Are the votes being presented?

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Tanxugueira won the demoscopic, wow. Chanel 76, Rigoberta 66, Tanxugueiras 60.

Andi
Andi
6 months ago

That was it for Tanxu…. thanks Jury…

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Well, the jury already killed Tanxugueiras’ chances. Chanel opened 5 points to Rigoberta.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago

Whoever wins, it’ll be deserved
I sent few votes for Rigoberta
And a vote for Chanel after she said I love you granma in Catalan. My heart.
I loved Blanca Palomaa lot as well

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

Production-wise, can you even compare this to the 2019 finals? Not to mention the studio hommage during which Voy a quedarme was presented. However Spain finishes in May, I hope this level of dedication and spectacle continues. Now we know what Spain is capable of, and there’s no going back

Anita
Anita
6 months ago

I changed my top 3 and now Blanca is in it!

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Anita

It seems it’s not just our tastes that usually coincide, but also the timing. I don’t know what happened tonight, but it just clicked with me. Anyway, at least until yesterday the Spanish fans weren’t into it as much as the international fans. Maybe something clicked with them too?

Maltese_falcon
Maltese_falcon
6 months ago

I’m not Spanish and don’t know one ounce of Spanish and what Terra is even about but since the moment I’ve heard it once, I can’t take the song out of my head and find myself humming it at random times of day. That’s the power of a great song. It would be a crime if Spain did not send it to Turin.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

If by some miracle Spain picks Blanca Paloma, straight to my first place she goes, and stays there, or very close by.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It took me this long to warm up to it but… “Secreto de agua” is indeed so beautiful. I could see she pulling a “Proud” in Eurovision.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Sure, it’s just stunning! I mean, whatever Spain picks tonight is going to be by far my favorite winner of the day, but if it’s Blanca, Tanxugueiras, Gonzalo, Rayden or Chanel, it’s gonna be my 1st spot among 5 songs picked thus far.

If it’s Rigoberta, Varry Brava or Xeinn, they’d be under Czechia thus far, but battling with Albania for my 2nd spot. Everything would be far above Bulgaria and Moldova.

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
Alo
Alo
6 months ago

My ranking for tonight:
Songs with potential for a good result in esc:
1.rayden
2. tanxugueiras
3.blanca paloma

OK for eurovision but probably will bring average result.
4.rigoberta- international people won’t understand it.
5.chanel-generic song

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Alo

I second this ranking. I even liked Rigoberta better tonight, but this top 3 is pure quality.

Alo
Alo
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Ay mama is my most played song but I want Spain to be successful for at least one year

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Alo

I don’t think “Ay Mamá” would necessarily be the disaster most people say here, but RTVE would have to know they’ll have some homework to do in terms of divulgation in other countries. They can’t make the same mistake they did with Alfred and Amaia, believing the internal hype will magically spread to the rest of the continent.

Gijo
Gijo
6 months ago
Reply to  Alo

Perfect top 3! Voted for those 3!

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

The most criticized things during the semis were mostly fixed: Rayden’s backing vocals, Tanxugueiras’ camera work (we finally could properly see them!), Rigoberta started already strong, Xein’s and Varry Brava’s vocals were much better. Chanel repeated the good performance and I trust Blanca will do the same in instants.

It’s a pity Gonzalo hadn’t have the chance to perform, he was the only one who couldn’t show what he prepared. All of the others finalist got at least pretty close to what they could deliver in Benidorm, I guess.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Two possible scenarios: a non-urban older Spain really loves Gonzalo because he does the kind of music that does a lot of success there… or there was some sympathy vote for the poor guy trapped on his hotel room.

In any case, the demoscopic will probably decide the whole thing, unless the jury go crazy for a specific entry.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

Chanel totally owned the stage once again.
Rigoberta feels in love with her song, and goes “out there” to present it.
Xeinn performed much better tonight.

Andi
Andi
6 months ago

I gotta admit that Chanel is a banger, but not my wish 😉 But I believe she’s going to make it.

Last edited 6 months ago by Andi
Roodi
Roodi
6 months ago

The staging looked like a mess no thank you Chanel for the win

Teeks
Teeks
6 months ago

There might be something that I’ve misunderstood here but the line about “equidistant transvestite” in Rayden’s song bothers me. Isn’t the song about people who have done bad things having to cry for their mistakes? It seems a little transphobic :/

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Teeks

I’m afraid you got lost in translation with that one. “Travestido” here has the meaning of disguised. It’s a criticism to people that pose as equidistant in a political or social discussion by labeling both sides of that matter as extremists. At least, that was the interpretation I made as a Portuguese speaker. Would love to read the input of a Spaniard, of course.

Andi
Andi
6 months ago

You can tell me what you want but Tanxu HAS TO go to Turin! It’s just awesome!!

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
6 months ago

Tanxugueiras was a bit better, more focus on the singers and the dancers felt less distracting

Alo
Alo
6 months ago

Rayden was much better than in the semifinal! The backing vocals were less loud and it looked much slicker.
I don’t mind to see him win

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
6 months ago

I hope whoever wins but Rigoberta.

Epicurean
Epicurean
6 months ago

Don’t worry the programme and the jury f***** Tanxugueiras by putting them 2nd to perform.

Clear winner of the public shunned by the political powers.

Rich
Rich
6 months ago
Reply to  Epicurean

It was a random draw.

Una
Una
6 months ago

Benidorm has a few great standouts with meanigful lyrics and original music and out-of-the-box performances as well as some great voices *made in España”.

This could indeed encourage artists to participate in Benidorm. Being on the Eurovision stage is the biggest prize there is in music.

Hopefully Spain will reward local talent in songwriting and producing and choreographing.

khiughk
khiughk
6 months ago

I like them!! This is modern, cultural, and nice to listen to. Something Spain is NOT known for. But, alas, I have a feeling we will be let down and Spain will go with a mainstream-sounding song (Chanel), which will result in very few points.

okanial
okanial
6 months ago

If Tanxu was coming from Serbia people would have said nonqualifier

Markos
Markos
6 months ago

We are gping to be so dissapointed today cause we all know who is going to win! Spain please choose wisely

Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago

“Shimming” is an understatement!

Kinga
6 months ago

My nr 1. I hope to see them in Turin.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago

but what about votes from spanish ip addresses ?

Kristian
Kristian
6 months ago

I had liked that addition to the poll results

Quietstream
Quietstream
6 months ago

This Blanca slander will not be tolerated!

Tobias
Tobias
6 months ago

A shame the juries won’t let terra win, even tho it’s wildy the big favorite across spain and europe.