This Wednesday and Thursday the two semifinals of the Benidorm Fest arrive, broadcast by TVE’s La 1 and which serve as a pre-selection to find the Spanish representative of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The contest held in the Valencian Community, whose final is held this Saturday, follows in the footsteps of the San Remo Festival, which chooses the Italian candidate every year with great results in recent years.
Below we review the profiles of the six participants who compete in Benidorm in this first semifinal, which will last 70 minutes and has one less performance after Luna Ki resigned at the last moment for not being able to use automatic tuning Gonzalo Hermida, one of the singers in the second semifinal, has tested positive for coronavirus while already in Benidorm and will not be able to perform either, although he is not disqualified: viewers will be able to see his music video.
In its 12-year history, this trio from Alicante based in Murcia and formed by Vicente Illescas, Óscar Ferrer and Aarön Sáez have played with various musical styles, although always maintaining hedonism and irony as their flag. Its name explains many things: it refers to Barry White and to one of the songs by the Italian Mina (brave). It is not surprising that they appear at the Benidorm Fest with the theme Rafaellain homage to Carrá.
They are the oldest and most popular candidates presented this year to the Eurovision pre-selection. They already represented Spain in 1990, when achieving a Top 10 was not a miracle for us. They came in fifth position with Bandit and the initial mistake in his performance gave the fans of the contest an anecdote for history. Encarna and Toñi Salazar have also been queens of the summer song for years and have sold millions of records all over the world. This time, they show up with posturing.
Born in Elche and based in Madrid, this young artist trained in the field of Fine Arts comes from the world of theater, where she has worked as a set designer. Your song secret of waterthe first one he has recorded in his career and the one he is taking to Benidorm Fest, is the soundtrack of the documentary series Lucia in the web of RTVE Play. Despite the darkness of the story in which she is inspired, a macho murder, the singer has presented a bright theme.
Gio (from Madrid), Arman (Dominican), Matt (from Cádiz) and Valen (from Mallorca) form what is known as a boy band, a boy band, but instead of limiting themselves to the Anglo-Saxon melodies typical of this type of formation, they also focus on Latin rhythms. United since 2018, they say their theme Top It is a round of applause for humanity in these complex times.
With this female trio, musical folklore arrives at the festival. Aida Tarrío and the twin sisters Olaia and Sabela Maneiro are the Galician tambourine players who appear at the pre-selection with Earth. It is one of the most popular themes among those participating in these two semifinals. They have some international recognition, for their participation in the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. With several awards within the world music genre obtained in its five years of existence, in recent times they have updated their sound by combining it with current genres.
Chanel Terrero, born in Havana and raised in Spain since she was a child, is an actress, dancer and singer. She made her television debut appearing on Red Eagle and his career has a long life on the stages of musicals like The Lion King, The bodyguard, Mamma Mia! Y flash dance. She is a candidate to represent Spain in Eurovision with slow motionwhich is committed to Latin rhythms combined with pop, similar to those popularized by all over the world Camila Cabello.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.