Tonight, RTVE the Spanish national broadcaster, held the first Semi-Final of Benidorm Fest. During the evening, six participants presented their songs competing for a place in Saturday’s Grand Final. Afterwards the winner will represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. A total of four acts qualified, including the winner of the night, Chanel.
Last July, RTVE announced the revamped return of the former Benidorm Song Festival. Not only to select their Eurovision 2022 representative, but also to celebrate local Spanish music and artists. The festival is organised in collaboration with RTVE, the Generalitat Valenciana and the Benidorm City Council. As well as this, the broadcaster has signed a four-year agreement with the Generalitat Valenciana for Benidorm Fest to run until 2026. After 886 submissions, RTVE presented a press conference to reveal the 14 competing entries and launch the festival. Recently the broadcaster also announced the back-up scenarios and safety precautions for the acts in the event of positive Covid-19 tests.
Semi-Final 1 Results:
Earlier tonight the first Semi-Final of Spain’s Eurovision 2022 selection show, Benidorm Fest took place. During the show, Portugal’s Eurovision 2017 winner, Salvador Sobral and Asturian band, Marlon performed as special guests. Originally there were supposed to be seven acts within each Semi-Final. However last weekend Luna Ki announced their shock withdrawal from the competition. Thus only six acts remained tonight, with four advancing to the Grand Final on Saturday. Our hosts for the evening, Alaska, Inés Hernand and Máximo Huerta, announced the following results:
|Placement||Artist||Song||Jury (50%)||Demoscopic Jury (25%)||Televote (25%)||Total|
|3||Blanca Paloma||‘Secreto de Agua’||41||20||18||79|
Overall the winner of the night was Chanel. As well as Tanxugueiras, Blanca Paloma and Varry Brava also qualifying to the Grand Final. The results were decided in three parts – a professional jury (50%), a 350 member demoscopic jury of Spanish citizens (25%) and of course, public televoting (25%). On the jury included – Natalia Calderón, Miryam Benedited, Estefanía García, Marvin Dietmann and Felix Bergsson.
Tomorrow the second Semi-Final with the seven remaining acts, takes place at 9:40pm (GMT), 10:40pm (CET), 11:40pm (EET) and 8:40am (AEDT). Meanwhile the Grand Final will air on Saturday night, with eight acts taking part. All shows can be watched on La1 or RTVE Play here.
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Since their debut in 1961, with Conchita Bautista and ‘Estando contigo‘, the Iberian nation has participated in 60 consecutive contests. Only the United Kingdom has a longer unbroken streak. So far Spain has won the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. Firstly in 1968 with Massiel and ‘La la la‘ and the following year in the dramatic four-way tie, with Salomé and ‘Vivo cantando‘.
Last year Blas Cantó’s ‘Voy A Quedarme’ was selected to represent Spain for Eurovision 2021. This followed a song selection process between two songs performed on Destino Eurovision on RTVE. The choice was between ‘Memoria’ and ‘Voy A Quedarme‘, with the Spanish public ultimately choosing the latter. He was originally due to sing ‘Universo’ at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, before it was cancelled. However Blas was later invited back by RTVE to perform at the 2021 contest.
As Spain are part of the “Big 5” that contribute the most to the EBU, Blas Cantó automatically performed in the Grand Final in Rotterdam. He ultimately finished in 24th, ahead of only the United Kingdom and Germany, with 6 points. Notably, Spain was one of four participating countries (along with the UK, Germany and the Netherlands) to receive zero points from the televote.
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