Spain’s Benidorm Fest 2022 has brought success and a good dose of eurodrama. As Spain moves on from Benidorm Fest 2022, Spanish media Maldita.es has released the minutes of the jury that selected the full line-up of the contest. The data released includes details of who placed highest in the song selection process and who just missed out on the chance to be in Benidorm. Among the artists that didn’t make it, there are some familiar names.
Almost three million people watched as Chanel narrowly took Benidorm’s bronze microphone trophy. Many of the songs that participated in the contest have gone viral on Spotify and now feature in many charts, including Chanel’s “SloMo” – reaching #2 on Spotify’s Viral 50 Global chart.
Chanel’s victory came with some drama over the jury-televote split. However, as this chapter closes, a new one opens – Benidorm Fest 2023 will take place next year. Will any of the artists who missed out on a spot this year try again in 2023?
Alizzz and Brequette Cassie were reserve acts for Benidorm Fest 2022
Last November, Spain’s broadcaster announced they had received 886 songs for Benidorm Fest 2022. Of these, 692 came via the web submission process, while 194 came from artists invited by the Spanish broadcaster. From all these, only 14 could make it to the live shows. In the end, RTVE picked 20 and a jury was tasked with choosing the final 14.
Among the six acts that didn’t make it to Benidorm Fest is Alizzz, one of Spain’s top rising artists. The Spanish music producer and rapper is familiar with success. He holds three Latin Grammy awards, including Best Pop/Rock Song, two diamond, thirty-five platinum and six gold-certified records, and he has worked next to big names in Spain such as C. Tangana and Lola Indigo.
Last year, Alizzz collaborated with Amaia, Spain’s Eurovision 2018 star, for the hit “El Encuentro.” The song has amassed 20 million streams on Spotify alone.
Brequette Cassie is another known face in the Eurovision world who just missed out on Benidorm Fest. She’s the artist behind “Más (Run),” which placed second in Spain’s Eurovision 2014 national final.
Brequette tried again in 2017 with “No Enemy.” Unfortunately, her song, which was written by Barei (Eurovision 2016) and her husband Rubén Villanueva, did not make the cut.
The other artists who didn’t reach the final 14 are Aysha, Cariño and Siderland.
Aysha placed fourth in The Voice Kids Spain 2019. Cariño is an indie-pop band who have been touring in and out of Spain. Meanwhile, Siderland are a pop group from Barcelona with festive rhythms.
The minutes also reveal the title of the songs each of these artists submitted:
- Alizzz – “Jueguito”
- Brequette Cassie – “Armaggeddon”
- Aysha – “Yo Soy”
- Cariño – “Si quieres”
- Siderland – “Tragèdia o calor”
Rigoberta Bandini and “Ay mama” scored first in the song selection process
Despite no information on how the jury awarded points during the song selection process, Rigoberta Bandini and her song “Ay mama” received the best score.
Rigoberta Bandini secured the first spot with 287 points, followed by ultimate winner Chanel with 193 points. Varry Brava were the jury’s third pick with 189 points. Fan favourite Tanxugueiras managed 118 points, placing 11th in the jury ranking.
As Maldita.es reveals, it seems all songs submitted were scored, and only the top 14 made the line-up. The other six were then used as ‘reserves’.
As seen from the list below, and as Maldita.es confirms, the group Niña Polaca and their song “Nora” initially made it to the top 14. However, they were later disqualified when producers realised the song had already been published five days before 1 September, which broke Benidorm Fest and Eurovision rules. In their place, Javiera Mena with “Culpa” secured her spot by being the reserve with the highest score.
What is more, Benidorm Fest’s rules established that RTVE had to choose at least two songs from those sent online. The list reveals that Marta Sango and Unique managed to secure their spots in the contest as a result of this. That left Alizzz and Aysha on the side lines, despite receiving a higher score. From the 20 songs that RTVE selected, only three came from the online process. These were the ones of Marta Sango, Unique and Siderland.
Alizzz would have had another chance following Luna Ki’s withdrawal from Benidorm Fest. As the next act with the highest score, if the position of Luna Ki could have been filled, Alizzz would have been next.
Full Benidorm Fest 2022 song selection results
- Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay mama” (287 points -participant)
- Chanel – “SloMo” (193 points – participant)
- Varry Brava – “Raffaella” (189 points – participant)
- Xeinn – “Eco” (181 points – participant)
- Rayden – “Calle de la Llorería” (161 points – participant)
- Sara Deop – “Make you Say” (157 points – participant)
- Blanca Paloma – “Secreto de Agua” (153 points – participant)
- Gonzalo Hermida -“Quién lo diría” (143 points – participant)
- Niña Polaca – “Nora” (119 points – disqualified)
- Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo” (119 points – participant)
- Tanxugueiras – “Terra” (118 points – participant)
- Luna Ki – “Voy a Morir” (109 points – withdrawn)
- Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi Mente” (82 points – participant)
- Unique – “Mejores” (71 points – participant)
- Javiera Mena – “Culpa” (103 points – reserve, takes Niña Polaca’s place)
- Alizzz – “Jueguito” (101 points – reserve)
- Aysha – “Yo soy” (96 points – reserve)
- Cariño – “Si quieres” (95 points – reserve)
- Brequette Cassie – “Armaggeddon” (83 points – reserve)
- Siderland – “Tragèdia o calor” (56 points – reserve)
What do you think about the artists that unfortunately did not make it to Benidorm Fest 2022? Would you like to see any of them apply again for 2023? Let us know in the comment section below!
And there you have a good plot twist: initially, Tanxugueiras were out of the competition.
Song from Siderland for Spanish NF 2022
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The 2 songs reserved for web submissions was initially to open a window to everyone interested, irrespective of getting a direct RTVE invite. I find it interesting how Marta Sango and Unique, both having released some singles, weren’t invited by the channel. The same happened with the established artists invited. Rayden and Varry Brava were rumoring about sending their songs that way too, until they received such invite. Oh, and I guess Niña Polaca got DQed even though they had submitted any song from their album within the deadline. That would have been unfair to the other artists sending something… Read more »
I don’t get why are they putting salt into the wound at this point. Feels like RTVE wants to be stormed by the fandom all the time.
Anyways, I can’t fathom that Alizz and Aysha weren’t selected, having better entries than at least Martha Sango, Gonzalo Hermida, Sara Deop and Unique
That’s fair, and I realized that could be the reason sometime after I made the comment xd
This shows that Tanxugueiras weren’t a jury fav since the very first moment. Even though the jurors change, they still weren’t impressed. Maybe they though “Terra” was to local to represent the country. I don’t know, they were my favs, but I’m more than happy with “SloMo”.
I appreciate the transparency and that in the end the lineup of Benidorm Fest was great and very diverse. But it’s worrying to read that the people selecting the entries listened to the studio version of “Make You Say” and gave it more points than “Terra”, “Secreto de Água” or even the Niña Polaca’s rejected entry. Even the fact that they placed “SloMo” that high when most people agreed that it was the live performance that elevated a well made but average song is not reassuring. Another absurd is that Javiera got more points but almost lost her spot because… Read more »
I guess RTVE is not going to be happy until the Spanish fans storm the castle. Why keep feeding people’s annoyance with the process.
Because my fellow Spanish fans have been asking for it. This is transparency, though I don’t think it was RTVE the one who release this document.
I love Cariño’s song!
Spain already picked their representative. We don’t need more articles about Benidorm Fest. Please focus on the other countries that have yet to pick a song. Thanks.
You can always scroll past the article link.
Omg the Cariño and the Siderland songs are amazing, same with the Niña Paloca song… They seriously need to increase the number of songs. We cant miss out on such gems <3
the artists that missed out were G. A. Y. ?
Make you say got more points than Secreto de Agua and Tanxuguerras? What is this travesty????
Also, Alizzz was not selected because of this stupid rule that they have to select songs submitted online even though they scored less points??
RTVE what is wrong with you? What is this mess??????
Interesting… I think the main takeaway from this is that Tanxugueiras was pretty doomed from the start jury-wise. Not gonna assume there were any shared members but it seemed like a pretty common sentiment that they didn’t like the song as much (for whatever reason, again not assuming anything).
but the jury panel was different from the one we had in the live shows.
I am starting to believe that the majority of jury members (from RTVE) were not fond of the idea of having a song in a local language other than Spanish.
If jury had more power in MGP 2019 KEiiNO, Eurovision 2019 televoting winner, wouldn’t even make it.