Last week, it was announced that Spain would be running a revamped national final to select their entry for Eurovision 2022. Following the announcement of the festival aimed to be a ‘launching pad’ for Spanish music, two vibrant indie bands have declared their interest ahead of the submission process opening.
Ladilla Rusa: Eccentric electronica
Shortly after the announcement, the band Ladilla Rusa tweeted an expression of interest in applying, to which the official RTVE Eurovision account responded that the submission details will be published ‘soon’. The Barcelonian group, formed of Tania Lozano and Víctor F. Clares, started as a satirical group, but have gone on to craft their own niche in the industry. They even placed in the top 30 of a fan vote for non-Eurovision organised by Eurovision Spain back in 2019 with the song “KITT y los coches del pasado”, which has over 8 million views on YouTube.
With the success of Little Big’s “Uno”, the most viewed music video on the Eurovision YouTube channel, could they make a splash? Their satirical style and catchy Catalan rumba-inspired production would certainly be a new direction for Spain at the contest.
Varry Brava: 80s inspired Spanish pop
Soon after Ladilla Rusa, the band Varry Brava also declared interest in applying for the festival via their official Twitter. Like the former, they took to social media to ask where the submission form was…so perhaps RTVE should get it out as soon as possible!
Founded in Orihuela, Alicante back in 2009, Varry Brava also present a very eccentric image, with the music to match. Their name is a combination of singer Barry White and Mina Mazzini’s “Brava”. Their colourful brand of 80s-pop-meets-Spanish-indie-pop would also mark a departure from Spain’s recent entries.
The revival of the Benidorm Song Festival
Last week, RTVE announced that a modernised successor of the Benidorm Song Festival will select their entry for Eurovision 2022. To be organised in collaboration with RTVE, the Generalitat Valenciana and the Benidorm City Council, it is intended that the show will run ‘annually’ to celebrate Spanish music.
Although exact dates have not been announced, the selection will take place in February according to Eurovision.tv. In terms of format, like Portugal’s Festival da Canção, the selection will consist of three galas (two semifinals and one final), which RTVE will broadcast live through La 1 and RTVE Play. Details of the submissions process will be announced ‘shortly’.
Benidorm is a great launching pad for a message: Spanish music to Europe through Eurovision. We want it to be a real and participatory contest, open to all kinds of music. Especially young music.José Manuel Pérez Tornero, President of RTVE
The President of RVTE reiterated the broadcaster’s commitment to the contest by describing the selection as a “launching pad to win in Italy. The efforts will be to launch the best candidacy.”
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