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Benidorm Fest: Semi Final Two Preview ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Last night saw Chanel, Tanxuguerias, Blanca Paloma and Varry Brava take one step closer to Turin. Tonight will see seven more acts take the stage at Benidorm Fest competing to join them. Who are you hoping will advance to Saturday’s final? Let’s learn more about tonight’s hopefuls:

XEINN – Eco

XEINN is an emerging artist who has seen some success with covers he has posted to his YouTube channel. His cover of ‘Changes’ by XXXTentacion has racked up a whopping 13 million views alone!

His Benidorm Fest entry, ‘Eco’, has synth pop and R&B influences and XEINN hopes it will propel him to the Eurovision stage, telling RTVE: “Eurovision is a tremendous festival. It transmits a very positive energy […] It is an incredible opportunity and a tremendous experience […] It’s a springboard. I’m going for everything.”

‘Eco’ is certainly getting a lot of love from Eurovision fans. Are you one of them?

Marta Sango – Sigues en mi Mente

Spanish viewers may already recognise Marta Sango: she competed in the 2018 series of TV talent show Operaciรณn Triunfo, which was previously used to select the Spanish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Sango lost to Miki Nรบรฑez and his song ‘La Venda’. Could Sango’s 80’s inspired song ‘Sigues en mi Mente’ be her ticket to Turin?

Javiera Mena – Culpa

Javiera Mena originally hails from Chile, beginning her music career there in 2001, but now lives in Madrid. She has already had a successful music career: her 2010 album Mena achieved critical acclaim, with iTunes Mexico naming it “the breakthrough album that year” and she has played at Primavera and Coachella music festivals.

Now she’s hoping to represent Spain with her single ‘Culpa’, an electropop track that new fans of Javiera Mena will love just as much as her long-time ones. It’s certainly no guilty pleasure but does it get your vote?

Gonzalo Hermida – Quiรฉn lo Dirรญa

In a national final low on romantic ballads, Gonzalo Hermida is hoping to win the audience’s hearts with his song ‘Quiรฉn lo Dirรญa’. Unfortunately, on Tuesday 25th January, Hermida announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to perform at Benidorm Fest.

Luckily, he’s still in with a chance of performing at Eurovision as RTVE are going to show his music video tonight which juries and televoters can still vote for. However, we’re sure Hermida is heartbroken to not be performing onstage tonight and wish him a speedy recovery.

Rigoberta Bandini – Ay Mamรก

Rigoberta Bandini is no stranger to the spotlight, having enjoyed an illustrious career as a voice actress for the Spanish dubs of many well-known films including School of Rock, Frozen and The Divergent Series.

In 2019, Bandini launched a solo music career which has thus far proved successful, with her single ‘In Spain We Call it Soldedad’ earning her over 10 million hits on Spotify and 2 million views on YouTube.

Now she’s hoping to represent Spain at Turin with her single ‘Ay Mamรก’, a feminist electropop anthem that pays homage to mothers and aims to destigmatise the female body.

Rayden – Calle de la Llorerรญa

Rayden is a rapper who is well-established in Spain. He was previously a member of the rap group A3Bandas and remains a part of Crew Cuervos, which boasts a jaw-dropping 15 members!

As a solo artist, Rayden was nominated for Best Spanish Act at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards and in 2017 his fourth studio album Antรณnimo went to Number 1 in the Spanish music charts. Will his Benidorm Fest entry, ‘ Calle de la Llorerรญa’, prove just as successful?

Sara Deop – Make You Say

In 2017, when she was just 13-years-old, Sara Deop competed in the Spanish version of The Voice Kids. She made it to the last phase of the contest but missed out on being selected for the final, which was eventually won by Aray Diez. Will her song ‘Make You Say’ secure her victory and a chance to fly the flag for Spain at Eurovision?

Only four acts can go through to the final on Saturday 29th January. Who are you hoping for? You can watch all of tonight’s coverage at 22:40 CET by clicking the link here. While you’re waiting, make sure you follow Eurobuzz on all our socials so you don’t miss a second of Eurovision news!

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