Spain: Meet the 14 Participants in “Benidorm Fest 2022”

In a special press-conference, Spanish broadcaster RTVE revealed the 14 participants in the national selection for Eurovision 2022: “Benidorm Fest 2022

14 participants and their song titles are:

  1. Azúcar Moreno – “Postureo”
  2. Blanca Paloma – “Secreto del agua” (Eng: “Secret of the water”)
  3. Chanel – “Slo mo”
  4. Gonzalo Hermida – “Quién lo diría”
  5. Javiera Mena – “Culpa (Eng: Guilt)
  6. Luna Ki – “Quiero Morir” (Eng: I want to die)
  7. Marta Sango – “Sigues en mi mente” (Eng: You are still on my mind)
  8. Rayden – “Calle de la llorería” (Eng: Crying Street)
  9. Rigoberta Bandini – “Ay Mama”
  10. Sara Deop – “Make you say”
  11. Tanxugueiras – “Terra” (Eng: Land/ Earth)
  12. Unique – “Mejores” (Eng: Best)
  13. Varry Brava – “Raffaella”
  14. Xeinn – “Eco” (Eng: Echo)

More About The Participants

Azúcar Moreno

Azúcar Moreno is a Spanish duo composed of 2 sisters: Antonia (Toñi) Salazar and
Encarnación (Encarna) Salaza.
They represented Spain at Eurovision 1990 with the song “Bandido”. They finished in 5th place.

The sisters have been active as a duo since 1984. In 2008, they took a break for 5 years.
In 2013, they returned to perform together.
They have released 17 albums so far.

Blanca Paloma

Blanca Paloma is one of the new artists to participate in the festival.
Her song has already been released:

Gonzalo Hermida

Gonzalo Hermida is a Spanish singer-songwriter. He has released 2 alnums so far:
Natural” (2018) and “Ignífugo” (2021)

You can listen to one of his songs:

Javiera Mena

Javiera Alejandra Mena Carrasco is a 38-years-old Chilean indie electropop singer.
She has been active since 2001 and so far has released 5 albums:

Esquemas Juveniles (2006)
Mena (2010)
Otra Era (2014)
Espejo (2018)
I. Entusiasmo – Deluxe (2021)

Her song for Eurovision 2022 has already been released:

Luna Ki




Luna Ki is a futeristic artist that has been active since 2019.
So far Luna has released several singles.
You can listen to one of Luna’s last releases:

Marta Sango

Marta Sango is a singer, songwriter, and Spanish actress who rose to fame after participating in the program “Operación Triunfo 2018” in 2018. That means she has already participated in the national selection in 2019.
Here is a snippet of her song from back then:

You can listen to one her songs:

Rayden

Rayden, (real name: David Martínez Álvarez) is a 36 year old Spanish rap-pop singer, song-writer and producer. He has been active since 2006, and his first album was released in 2010.

Meanwhile, you can listen to one his songs:

Rigoberta Bandini

Rigoberta Bandini is a 31-year old Spanish voice actress, playwright, and singer.
In 2019 she launched her solo singing career under the name Rigoberta Bandini.
Since then, she has released more than 7 singles as a solo singer.

You can listen to one of her latest releases:

Sara Deop

Sara Deop is well known for her participation in the Spanish version of “The Voice Kids“.
She is considered an emerging artist with 2 singles released.
You can listen to one of her songs:

Tanxugueiras

The voices of Olaia Maneiro, Aida Tarrío, and Sabela Maneiro, full of virtuosity and forcefulness, are the greatest exponents of a generation open to the evolution and reformulation of the music of Galician collective creation.
With their first self-titled album, released in 2018, the trio began a journey that took them to visit in just 3 years, more than 100 stages from around the planet accompanied by their tambourines. In 2019 comes “Contrapunto”, an album that increases the revolutions of Galician music with the reinterpretation of traditional songs, full of arrangements and various harmonies

You can listen to one of her songs:

Varry Brava

Varry Brava is an indie pop group that was established in 2009.
The band members are: Óscar Ferrer (vocalist), Aarön Sáez ( keyboards) and Vicente Illescas (guitar).
So far, they have released 6 albums. The latter of them in 2020.

You can listen to one of their songs:

Xeinn


Xeinn is one of the rising stars in Spain.
He released his debut album “Pride Of The Weak” in 2021.
You can listen to one of his songs:

Chanel

Chanel is a singer, dancer, and occasional actress, born in Cuba and raised in Spain since she was four years old. Her songwriting team have worked with the likes of Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Unique

It’s a boy band composed of 4 members: Mat, Armand, Dani and Valen.
Their music has Latin and urban rhythms.

About Benidorm Fest

  1. RTVE has received a total of 886 songs for “Benidorm Fest 2022″ in a range of 43 days.
  2. 692 songs arrived from the public path (web submissions) and 194 songs arrived by direct invitation.
  3. Among the songs we can find songs in the following languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Catalan, Galician, and Basque.
  4. Plenty of genres can be found: mainstream pop, ballads, flamenco, rock, metal to folklore, Latin sounds, urban, trap or rap.
  5. We can count international producers, new artists, writers of worldwide hits, and Indie music musicians and even Eurovision comebacks!
  6. J Cruz, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Zahara are RTVE’s musical advisers for Eurovision 2022. They will judge the submissions and decide who will qualify for the festival itself.
  7. J Cruz has worked with Omar Montes, Ana Mena, RVFV, Lérica and Robledo.
  8. Zahara was one of the mentors in “Operación Triunfo 2020” and is considered a pioneer in Indie rock.
  9. Sánchez-Ohlsson is co-author of Spain’s songs at Eurovision 2015 and Eurovision 2012.
  10. The festival will include 2 semi-finals and a grand final.
  11. 14 artists will take part in the semi-final. Each semi-final will feature 7 artists, but only 3 of them will qualify for the final.
  12. The results will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.
  13. The public vote which will be split by 50% expert fans panel and 50% televoting
  14. The jury vote will be composed by 60% national jury and 40% intenational jury.
  15. In case of any tie, the artist with higher amount of points from the public, will get the advantage.
  16. RTVE can increase the number of competing acts in semi-finals.
  17. The semi-finals will probably take place at the end of January 2022.

“We are looking for songs that stir you inside and that you are humming all the time”

says Eva Mora, head of the Spanish delegation. 

Which type of song would you like to get from Spain?
Who’s the artist that you are looking forward to listening to his song?
Will Spain finally return to the left side of the score-board?

Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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