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
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.
His name explains many things: it refers to Barry White and to one of the songs by the Italian Mina (
It is not surprising that they appear at the Benidorm Fest with the theme
, in 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 were in fifth position with
and the initial mistake in their 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
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.
De Ella Secreto de agua
, the first that she has recorded in her career and the one that she takes to the Benidorm Fest, is the soundtrack of the documentary series
Lucía en la spider 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 Cadiz) and Valen (from Mallorca) form what is known as a
, but instead of limiting themselves to the Anglo-Saxon melodies typical of this type of group , they also look at Latin rhythms.
United since 2018, they say that their theme
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 pandereteiras that appear at the pre-selection with
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.
He made his television debut appearing on
and his career has a long life on the stages of musicals like
The Lion King
The Bodyguard, Mamma Mia!
She is a candidate to represent Spain in Eurovision with
, which bets on Latin rhythms combined with pop, similar to those that she has popularized
all over the world Camila Cabello.
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