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From Rigoberta Bandini and Javiera Mena to Azúcar Moreno: the eclectic list of official candidates to represent Spain in Eurovision

RTVE has announced this Friday the 14 official candidates to represent Spain in Eurovision 2022. Artists from the independent scene such as Rigoberta Bandini, Varry Brava and Javiera Mena, Eurovision classics such as Azúcar Moreno and media singers such as Marta Sango, former contestant of Operación Triunfo , will form the poster of the Benidorm Fest. This musical contest, which will be televised at the end of January, serves as of this year as a Spanish preselection for the European song festival. The winner will represent Spain in its 66th edition, which will take place in Turin on May 10, 12 and 14, 2022.

The public channel has decided to expand the candidacies for the national team —from 12 to 14 songs— “given the quality of the proposals of the 886 received during the process and in order to offer the greatest musical spectacle,” the entity explained in a statement. . To listen to the 14 songs, we will have to wait until Thursday, December 23, when RTVE will make an official presentation with the participating artists.

The singers will participate in groups of seven in the two semifinals of the Alicante contest. The four most voted in each gala by the professional jury (60% national experts and 40% international) and the public (50% televoting and 50% demoscopic jury) will go to the grand final, with a total of eight finalists.

RTVE recovers the Benidorm festival, a contest that was created in the 1950s and lasted until 2006, following in the footsteps of the San Remo festival in Italy, which in recent years has managed to place its winners among the highest ranked in Eurovision. Since 2011, when the country returned to the competition after a 14-year absence, its representatives have been among the 10 classified eight out of 10 times. The most recent, the rock band Måneskin, achieved victory in the 2021 edition with the song Zitti e buoni and has become one of the most listened to groups worldwide on digital platforms .

This is the complete list of participants of the Benidorm Fest 2022:

  • Azúcar Moreno – Postureo
  • White Dove – Secret of the water
  • Chanel – Only mo
  • Gonzalo Hermida – Who'd say
  • Javiera Mena – Guilt
  • Luna Ki – I want to die
  • Marta Sango – You are still in my mind
  • Rayden – Calle de la llorería
  • Rigoberta Bandini – Ay Mama
  • Sara Deop – Make you say
  • Tanxugueiras – Terra
  • Unique – Best
  • Varry Brava – Raffaella
  • Xeinn – Eco

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