Chanel wins Benidorm Fest 2022 and will represent Spain at Eurovision

January 29, 2022

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An authentic night of emotions in Spain! The first edition of the Benidorm Fest has come to an end, being a resounding success for Spanish Television (RTVE). But, without a doubt, the greatest success falls into the hands of Chanel, winner of the Benidorm Fest 2022 with the song “SloMo”. Only 4 points have separated Chanel from the second classified, Rigoberta Bandini. The podium has been completed by Tanxugueiras, who were the favorites of the public vote despite their third position in the final classification.

Spain is living a celebration and it is taking place in Benidorm! The first edition of the Benidorm Fest has ended tonight with the victory of Chanel and his song “SloMo”. As stated in the rules of the Benidorm Fest, the winner of the contest will be the next representative of Spain in Eurovision, so Chanel will be the Spanish flag bearer in Turin next May.

After adding the votes of the juries, the demoscopic panel and the televote, the final classification has been as follows:

  1. “SloMo” – Chanel (96 points).
  2. “Ay, mama” – Rigoberta Bandini (91 points).
  3. “Terra” – Tanxugueiras (90 points).
  4. “Calle de la llorería” – Rayden (67 points).
  5. “Secreto de agua” – Blanca Paloma (61 points).
  6. “Raffaella” – Varry Brava (55 points).
  7. “Eco” – Xeinn (45 points).
  8. “Quién lo diría” – Gonzalo Hermida* (35 points).

*Due to a COVID-19 infection, Gonzalo Hermida has not been able to perform live. Instead, because he got infected before the first rehearsals, his official video has been shown.

As was done in the semi-finals, the decision of the pass to the final has been decided by a combination of professional votes and public votes that has been divided as follows:

  • 30% National jury: Natalia Calderón (singer and vocal coach), Miryam Benedited (dancer and choreographer) and Estefanía García (coordinator of the RTVE Orchestra and Choir).
  • 20% International jury: Marvin Dietmann (creative and artistic director) and Felix Bergsson (head of the Icelandic delegation at Eurovision).
  • 25% Demoscopic jury: Sample of 350 people who represent Spanish society, chosen according to statistical and demographic criteria.*
  • 25% Televoting: Phone calls and SMS.

*The demoscopic jury has been selected by Ipsos, the company that also organizes the demoscopic jury in Sanremo. The 430 people chosen (350 + 80 reserve) are not related to the recording industry, the television sector, journalism, advertising professionals or market research.

The breakdown of the vote is as follows:

· Professional jury:

  1. Chanel (51 points).
  2. Rigoberta Bandini (46 points).
  3. Blanca Paloma (39 points).
  4. Rayden (37 points).
  5. Tanxugueiras (30 points).
  6. Xeinn (30 points).
  7. Varry Brava (25 points).
  8. Gonzalo Hermida (12 points).

· Demoscopic jury:

  1. Tanxugueiras (30 points).
  2. Chanel (25 points).
  3. Rigoberta Bandini (20 points).
  4. Gonzalo Hermida (18 points).
  5. Rayden (15 points).
  6. Varry Brava (12 points).
  7. Blanca Paloma (10 points).
  8. Xeinn (5 points).

· Televoting:

  1. Tanxugueiras (30 points).
  2. Rigoberta Bandini (25 points).
  3. Chanel (20 points).
  4. Rayden (15 points).
  5. Varry Brava (18 points).
  6. Blanca Paloma (12 points).
  7. Xeinn (10 points).
  8. Gonzalo Hermida (5 points).
Chanel during her performance at Benidorm Fest 2022 (Photo: RTVE)

What do you think about the Benidorm Fest 2022? Has it met your expectations? What about the winner? Was Chanel your favourite? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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