Benidorm Fest 2023 options

Anyone fancy a trip to Benidorm in early February? Spanish fans have decided which 100 artists they think should be clearing their agendas for it. One hundred is a lot. But I’ve taken a comb, pulled out some gems and can now introduce you to some of Spain’s favourites to succeed Chanel.

All of this comes courtesy of “La Elección Interna“, an annual survey held by our friends at Eurovision-Spain. “Is just another fan survey?” you may ask. No. It may be fan-powered, but it has proven to be quite influential.

Tanxugueiras won it last year and that’s where they got the idea to take part in Benidorm Fest. Rigoberta Bandini also made the top three and… Ay Mamá what happened later.

This year, 12 artists have made the finals and María José Llergo has come out on top. If you liked Blanca Paloma at Benidorm 2022, then you have to meet her.

María José Llergo – “Te espera el mar”

María José Llergo is an up and coming voice in the flamenco scene. She’s known for her deep and meaningful ballads.

She has sung about social issues, mainly the refugee crisis and the dangerous crossing many attempt across Mediterranean. That led her to a Goya award (Spain’s Baftas) for best soundtrack this year for her song “Te espera el mar”. 

After her victory, María José commented in an interview that she is up for the challenge, although she didn’t make clear if she will enter Benidorm Fest this year or in the future.

Riding the SloMo wave

María José Llergo would be a complete departure from Chanel’s entry this year. However, Spain has several options to ride that wave. If something works, why change it?

Second place in the survey went to Ana Mena, whom you may remember from Sanremo 2022. Ana is a rising star in both Spain and Italy and was already heavily tipped for Benidorm last year. However, she has said that Eurovision is not currently in her plans.

Lola Índigo also made the top 10 at La Elección Interna. She may have come last in OT 2017 (yes, the year of Amaia and Alfred), but she’s gone on to have one of the most successful careers of any contestant. She’s been scoring Summer hit after Summer hit for the last four years. Her latest song, An1mal, came sixth in the survey.  

A surprise to many, Barcelona’s Catalan speaking main pop girl Julieta also made the top 10. Her single “A les fosques” came pretty much out of nowhere and became a fan favourite. 

They’re not sending Rosalía… are they?

It doesn’t really look like it. Although she’s by far Spain’s best-selling artist at the moment, Rosalía has not come on top of the survey. She got 22nd place with Motomami’s lead single Saoko. Probably Spanish fans know she’ll just not enter, but there are several other options who could do the job and are also getting high numbers. 

One of them is Nathy Peluso. Born in Argentina but relocated in Spain since childhood, several of her music videos have tens of millions of views. Praised for her unique style and well known for her hard to understand lyrics, the fandom placed her 17th in the survey.

Ptazeta has been also heavily tipped to try Benidorm Fest. She’s a young rapper from Canarias who rose to fame after the success of her Bizarrap session. The Spanish fandom placed her 10th in the survey, and she was the biggest grower compared to last year. 

If you know nothing about Spanish language music these days, Bizarrap is the one producer you have to know — every session he publishes finds instant success in Latin America and Spain, and the artists who collaborate with him gain massive attention. Ptazeta’s has been praised as one of the better ones.

Male singers? Here you go

Just like Sweden, Spain had a streak of sending male singers to Eurovision, which ended this year. However, if they were to go back to sending men to the contest, there’s quite a few options. Guitarricadelafuente was the fans favourite. I see you read that in fear, but it’s not complicated to pronunce, I swear.

He came third on the survey. He offers Spanish language pop and has also proven to be a good balladeer.

Mo, mo, mo? Go check La Casa Azul. He who came third in Spain’s disastrous national selection in 2008, but keeps releasing indie music…and now his concerts are full. His Eurovision entry “La revolución sexual” is now an anthem. He’s like the “Ay mamá” of 2008. 

We had Galician last year, Julieta sings in Catalan… but how about Basque? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Bulego are a Basque-speaking band who specialise in (you got it) indie pop. 

A bit of everything else

Spain went bananas for folk last year. As you’ll recall Tanxugueiras got 70% of the public vote, and nowadays they’re touring the whole country. If you were team Terra last year, meet Neomak. You’ll love them.

There’s some rock in the mix as well. This band called Megara also made the top 10, with their song with a witchy title. And don’t ‘hyde’ your enthusiasm for Hydn, another finalist who also became a fan favourite with her song “Drowning Fire“.

And let’s face it. At some point, María Peláe will be involved with Eurovision. It kind of feels like a matter of time. She’s one of Spain’s most authentic artists, who carries with pride Andalusian music and mixes it with a bit of everything.

In 2021 she was part of Spain’s jury at Eurovision, and last year she competed in Your Face Sounds Familiar. Just go watch.

The full list features 100 names, which I won’t go through right now. However, let me recommend some. If I were you, I’d keep an eye on La Fúmiga, Belén Aguilera (nothing to do with Xtina as far as I know), Delaporte, Amatria, Tatiana Delalvz or Niña Polaca. You know, something tells me some of them will be spotted in Benidorm next year.

Who should represent Spain at Eurovision 2023? Who can match or improve on Chanel’s result? Who would you like to see in Benidorm Fest? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Ana
Ana
14 days ago

hydn sings in galician (as Tanxugueiras) and also in English. She is the favourite for us galicians this year and she should get more recognition ?

Misha
25 days ago

I think artists must have residence in Spain to be elegible and I don’t know if she was mentioned in this poll but….. what about LALI going to Eurovision?

Saoirse eurovision fan

Aw man I hope the next winner doesn’t get bullied like Chanel was. Her act was so great, causing me to want her BACK in Benidorm Fest 2023!!

Emily
Emily
1 month ago

Maria José Llergo, Ptazeta and Guitarritadelafuente are my top picks, but not sure if we´ll see any of these three artist at Benifest,, the other ones are ok, but it all depends on the songs they bring and their performance. Almost no one new Chanel before Benifest and after her performance on the first semifinal some (including me) felt i love with her., it was an awesome surprised that I hope we get to witnessed again with one of the artist this edition. I think as Eurofans we live for underdogs to come on top and literally surprised us,.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
1 month ago

Thank god they have a jury in Benidorm

DuaMaliqi
DuaMaliqi
1 month ago

As an Albanian I’am so so happy that Spain is going through a new direction regarding its Eurovision experience. Chanel killed it in 2022 and I hope for another exciting entry from our Mediterranean neighbours, even we’re not neighbours lol, Spain deserves to win!!!!!!!!!!! ? ????

Gurl
Gurl
1 month ago

Ptazeta is very interesting. I really like their sound and it’s a style we’ve never heard in Eurovision before. My second choice would be guitarricadelafuente, very moody and unique, IMO.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Go back to the reality then, Kalush Orchestra has won and Sam Ryder is the runner-up, Spain was not the winner of 2022, is it that hard to understand and to accept omg! Stop with that! Slomo as a song has not the caliber of an esc winning song sorry.
Nope, Spain has to keep sending others uptempo songs in Eurovision but with much much more substance and meaning I think.

Yup
Yup
1 month ago

I wish the next winner won’t be bullied to the point where they’ve got to delete all of their social media accounts and feel anxiety all the time. These Spanish fans might be shooting themselves with that attitude otherwise.

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago

I love SloMo but Spain has such a rich music scene it wouldn’t be fair if a similar song is picked next year. Idk who’s gonna try to get the ticket next year, but I trust RTVE will choose the right acts 🙂

Yoo
Yoo
1 month ago

Is Beatriz Luengo still popular in Spain?
I would like to see her.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago

The potential is certainly there, but no more insanely overhyped reggaeton please.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Are you serious? SloMo came 3rd, and it could’ve won given the right circumstances. It wasn’t overhyped, it was given the appreciation it deserved.

If we have another reggaeton song just as good as SloMo with a performer just as amazing as Chanel, we shouldn’t discredit it just because it’s reggaeton. I hate when people dismiss an entire genre. Who cares what genre a song is if it’s simply good?

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

It was only about the performance. Nobody was hyping that song up at all before their NF took place. I don’t really care about performance, staging, choreography, etc. If I just don’t like the song, that’s it. Rayden and Paloma were both much better options for me, but obviously this fandom always goes into a frenzy over stuff like SloMo, Fuego and so on.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

SloMo succeeded because of the performance AND song.

If SloMo was a bad song, it wouldn’t have done so well, period. Rayden and Paloma wouldn’t have done as well as Chanel because Eurovision is a full-package performance show, not a radio contest. Keep that in mind for why the fandom goes crazy for Fuego too, it was the full package.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

Blanca Paloma had a great song PLUS a superb performance in BF. She would have done extremely well in the festival, I’m absolutely sure about that.

Gabriel Fraiz Ocampo
Gabriel Fraiz Ocampo
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

In the jury top 10 , but in the televote ?

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I am extremely pleased with Chanel this year but sadly Spaniards would never choose a song like Blanca Paloma’s Secreto de Agua.
As a Matter of fact Spaniards choices are always meh.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

SloMo improved a lot with the revamp. At first it was very repetitive, that’s why people ignore it.

Then, Chanel took it to the next level! And finally they made the Eurovision revamp with trumpets and several changes at the end to make it more dynamic.

Et voilá!! It works! I didn’t like it at first. Then, i was dancing the break dance lol

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

I just wish for a contest where entries like SloMo, Fuego and that Swiss chipmunk from 2019 would stop scoring so well. Spain should learn from their Portuguese neighbors, they would never send something like SloMo.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

It doesn’t have to be melancholic and slow. If Spain would send something like Fuel Fandango’s “Salvaje” for example, I would back them to win the contest, all the way. I’m just not a fan of the type of entry mentioned earlier, it obviously doesn’t matter that much since they do very well anyway. Also, the Portuguese NF has clearly gone up a level since Sobral’s win and I doubt something like their 2014 entry could win it these days.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Almost every year we have performers like Chanel at Eurovision and even this year she wasn’t the only one. Ok Chanel did well everyone got it but the way you sell her and the way you overrate her is insane, it will never make her the 2022 winner as you wish so it’s useless, accept the reality.

Amy Kelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Esc addict doesn’t sound any more “triggered” than you. You just disagree

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Are you sure?? Remember who won the Portuguese televote, when they won Eurovision, and it was not Salvador Sobral…

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

They were still misguided, after years in the wilderness, but then Sobral made them see the light and they have sent other great entries since, like Telemoveis and Saudade x2 plus other good options in their NF that didn’t manage to go to ESC.

Lorena
Lorena
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

They have had some very good songs (Telemóveis, O Jardim…) that were unsuccesful at ESC. Not always bad results mean bad songs or songs that cannot success outside Eurovision (see Snap this year, for example).

Amy Kelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

In your opinion. It all depends on personal taste as to what a performance has to have. I’m not saying the lyrics have to be super poetic or serious. But SloMos were really shallow, imo. And lyrics matter at least to me. And I also think no ammt of dancing should make up for poor lyrics and a rather generic melody.

lemmondog
lemmondog
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

io quero ser tu oh oh oh oh oh

Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Friendly reminder that solo isn’t a reggaeton song (if you disagree, know at least that it has nothing to do with the kind of music that people in Spain of when they think about reggaeton)

Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
1 month ago

Slomo* people in Spain think of*

Essie
Essie
1 month ago

Ptazeta is so cool and unique. I don’t understand the words but the beats are fun, catchy, and she’s got charisma.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

No, no, no, no, no!

Hikaru
Hikaru
1 month ago

There are also rumors that Soraya Arnelas may take part in Benidorm Fest 2023.
She previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Hikaru
Hikaru
1 month ago

I really love Guitarricadelafuente.
I hope he will represent Spain in the Eurovision 2023

Lorena
Lorena
1 month ago
Reply to  Hikaru

That would be really great

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
1 month ago
Reply to  Hikaru

No thanks, only spaniards want that. Like tanxuguerias and the mamaaaaaaa lady. Terrible results.

lemmondog
lemmondog
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

we Will never know…

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

Aitana was always a wish for Eurovision, but I think she’s outgrown the benefits that Eurovision would bring. C.Tangana will forever be my top pick for Spain, he’s even stated he’s interested before.

Other favourites are Bad Gyal (dance/urban), L’beel (hijabi R&B) and Villano Antillano (trans rapper).

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

Villano Antillano has a dope flow! but how are they eligible for representing Spain?

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

I honestly don’t know, they’re just so cool. Maybe Benidorm Fest could allow a spot in the lineup for a Hispanophone artist that’s gaining popularity in Spain!

Misha
25 days ago
Reply to  motopapi

I think you must have residence in Spain to be elegible

apollinischesprinzip
apollinischesprinzip
1 month ago

maria jose llergo, guitarricadelafuente and lola indigo are my picks out of these.

ana mena already said she won’t be participating.

maria and guitarrica. are both interested tho

Essie
Essie
1 month ago

Ana Mena has a lot of potential but needs to find her own style. Hopefully she learned that from Sanremo. I like some of her songs with Rocco Hunt, but her newer stuff seems all over the place to me.

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Essie

Indeed, her Collab with Belinda was outright disappointing 🙁

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

Me, I would like to see Enrique Iglesias or La Oreja de Van Gogh in Benidorm Fest 2023. I listened to the latter’s “Dulce Locura”, which is in The Sims 2, and LOVG could give Spain an easy Eurovision win if they won Benidorm Fest 2023.

Efraim
Efraim
1 month ago

I personally disagree with those picks. Enrique tends to be hit-or-miss when performing live, so he would be an ill fit for Eurovision in that regard.

As for La Oreja, I think they’re simply too far past their peak. In particular, the song you mentioned is from sixteen years ago, and the band had a different vocalist back then. Their latest works haven’t really felt inspired to me, and in this kind of contest, name value can only take you so far (remember Azúcar Moreno crashing out at the semi-finals at Benidorm 2022).

Lorena
Lorena
1 month ago

Same happens with Rosalia or C. Tangana. They are too big for it now.

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorena

Even Quevedo is already a big name

xelx
xelx
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

They are more current than Enrique. Enrique’s last hit is from 2017.

Lorena
Lorena
1 month ago
Reply to  xelx

No, it’s not. He had a couple of big hits last year in the Latin American countries and Spain with some featurings with big names of the industry. He is not going to ESC in a million years.

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

What’s wrong with sending big names to Eurovision? I mean Enrique’s father Julio represented Spain in 1970, but he wasn’t well-known back then. Enrique is the literal “King of Latin Pop”, but he is from Spain, so makes sense for him to represent Spain next year through Benidorm Fest. I’ve always wanted Enrique to represent Spain in Eurovision for a long time. He gave us classics like “Si tu te vas”, “Hero”, “Be with you”, “Tonight (I’m lovin’ you)”, “I like it”, and “Bailando”, he might as well enter BF ’23 with a song that won’t disappoint.

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

He could repeat Chanel’s success from this year.

xelx
xelx
1 month ago

Xabi San Martín from La Oreja participating as a songwriter could be interesting.

Misha
25 days ago

I think sending LODVG in 2023 would be just like when Spain sent El Sueño de Morfeo in 2013, with their hits’ time totally over many years ago