This Wednesday starts the benidorm party A contest that was held for the first time in 1959, when the Network of Broadcasters of the Movement presented an event known as the Benidorm Spanish Song Festival in Manila Park, with the aim of returning Spain to the top of Eurovision. And it is that, after too many years remaining in positions that are too discreet, the Spanish delegation goes all out with a pre-selection never seen before.
After receiving thousands of nominations, the jury selected a total of 14. Among them some well-known artists such as Azúcar Moreno, who represented our country in 1990, Rayden or Rigoberta Bandini. Also other lesser known ones like Unique, Blanca Paloma and Las Tanxungueiras, who have become one of the great favorites to win the final victory. But before reaching the last phase, which will be held this Saturday, they will have to overcome a semifinal in which there is only room for four candidates.
This will be the first semifinal of the Benidorm Fest
The first semifinal of the Benidorm Fest will be held this Wednesday from 10:40 p.m. As announced by the organization, the event will be broadcast on Spanish Television and will last approximately 70 minutes. During this first phase of the contest we will listen to the proposals of a total of six candidates.
The first to act will be the members of the group Varry Brava, who arrive at the Benidorm Fest with a tribute song to Raffaella Carrà. After the death of the Italian artist, the group aspires to arrive in Turin with a very danceable song that could conquer the hearts of Italian men and women who mourned Carrà’s departure last year. Next it will be the turn of the Azúcar Moreno, who come to the Benidorm Fest with the aim of returning once again to Eurovision.
The Azúcar Moreno return with the aim of representing Spain again in Eurovision
This time they do it with posturing, a song that combines his characteristic flamenco with current rhythms. The Salazar sisters obtained a more than creditable fifth place in 1990, when they collected a total of 96 points. Will they make it to the grand final? For this they will have to overcome other candidates such as Blanca Paloma, one of the great favorites for the grand final.
Without making much noise, the 32-year-old from Elche has fallen in love with eurofans with secret of water. A theme with nuances of Andalusian music with which he wants to make himself known and, how could it be otherwise, represent Spain in Eurovision. Then it will be the turn of the Unique group. A boyband, made up of Matt, Arman, Valen and Gio that will participate in the festival with a pop-style song entitled Top.
The Tanxungueiras start as favorites
The fifth performance of the night will be carried out by the Tanxungueiras, one of the great favorites of the contest. With a risky bet in their hands, which mixes traditional Galician music with current rhythms such as trap and electronic music, the Galicians Olaia Maneiro, Sabela Maneiro and Aida Tarrío aspire to become the first group to represent Spain in Eurovision with a song in Galician Will they manage to take the final victory?
Finally, Chanel will perform, who aspires to get a place in the final with her song Slo Mo. And who will go to the grand final? According to those responsible for the event, four of these six candidates will go ahead and another two will say goodbye through the back door.
How do you vote at the Benidorm Fest?
After the performance of the six candidates, the contest’s presenters will announce the opening of lines so that viewers can vote through the televoting system (phone calls and SMS) for their favorite songs. After 20 minutes of voting, the lines will close and the counting of the votes will begin. This televote will account for 25% of the final votes, so it is quite important. The other 25% will be drawn from the demographic sample of 350 people who will have to vote for their preferred candidates.
Meanwhile, the remaining 50% will be the responsibility of the jury, who will have a great weight in the final selection. In this way, the opinion of the jury will account for 50% of the final decision and that of the public the remaining 50%. Who will get access to the grand final next Saturday?
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.