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Road to Liverpool: Spain

We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: Spain. Blanca Paloma The winner of the Spanish national final, Benidorm Fest, is Blanca Paloma. She will sing the song “Eaea”, written and composed by Blanca herself with José Pablo Polo and Alvaro Tato.  Blanca was born in 1989 in Elche, near Valencia. She sang in several bands, among others Alfakay. Blanca also sang the title song for the television series “Lucía en la teleraña“. She participated in Benidorm Fest 2022, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Secreto de agua“. After that, she released a new single called “Niña de fuego“. Benidorm Fest Spain has had numerous ways to select their entry. There have been huge national finals. On a lot of occasions however, Spain selected internally. One of the rejected songs from the 1986 internal selection became a worldwide hit: “Hijo de la luna” by Mecano. Last year, Benidorm Fest was the national selection for the first time. It might be the succes of winner Chanel and her song “Solo”. Chanel reached a 3rd place in the Eurovision Song Contest. A new era was there for the Spaniards! Reason enough to have another Benidorm Fest in 2023. And a big party it is! When you are in Benidorm around that time, you know it’s party time. Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest Spain participates in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1961. The country won twice: in 1968 with Massiel‘s “La, la, la”, while a year later Salomé got the trophy for her “Vivo cantando”. But let’s not forget Mocedades. They took part in 1973, didn’t win, but their “Eres tu” is now a Eurovision classic. The last few years, Spain ended up at the bottom of the list again and again. As stated before, Chanel broke that tradition last year. It resulted in a welcome in Spain, as if she had won the contest. The bookmakers The bookmakers currently predict a 6th place for Spain. That would be wonderful for the country. After many years of bad scores, Spain is back at the top! It would be a confirmation that Spanish broadcaster TVE is on the right track with Benidorm Fest. The song And last, but certainly not least: here is the song we are talking about:

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Blanca Paloma

© EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett About Quick Facts NameBlanca Paloma Ramos Baeza Born09 June 1989 Nationality🇪🇸 Spanish National SelectionBenidorm Fest 2023Benidorm Fest 2022 In Eurovision2023 Liverpool SongEaea (2023) Biography Blanca Paloma Ramos Baeza (Born in Elche, Valencian County, 1989), known as Blanca Paloma, is a Spanish singer and set designer.  Blanca Paloma studied Fine Arts at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. After having her degree, she went to Madrid to have a career in theate. She was a member of the musical bands De mar a mar and Alfakay. She is the composer of the music for the television series Lucía en la web. In 2022 she performed at the first edition of the Benidorm Fest, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Secreto de agua”. She obtained fifth place. In that same year she released the single “Niña de fuego”, that promoted the Valencian Community. The following year, in 2023, she resubmitted her candidacy. Se performed the song “Eaea” and managed to win the contest. That resulted in her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. Spain reached the 17th place in the contest. Entries Eaea Country🇪🇸 Spain Year2023 LanguageSpanish LyricsBlanca PalomaJosé Pablo PoloAlvaro Tato MusicBlanca PalomaJosé Pablo PoloAlvaro Tato DancersAngélica MoyanoPaula Valbuena RiveraPaloma ScharfhausenDesire ParedesSaray Frutos Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 100Position: 17Running order: 8 https://youtu.be/Vw6qPWhjevk

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Blanca Paloma wins Benidorm Fest 2023

Was it Vicco, Agoney, or Blanca Paloma? After a long night in sunny Benidorm, we have a winner! Blanca Paloma has victored above all competition! This week it was between her and Agoney, as they both won eachothers semi final, but in the end the jury and Televote gave Blanca the most points.    Blanca will sing her solar song “Eaea” for Spain at Eurovision, in Liverpool. Spain is already qualified for the final, as they are one of the big 5.   You can find the full results of the Benidorm Fest Final here:   

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Spain: Benidorm Fest final is there!

After two semifinals, we head to the final of Benidorm Fest. Spain is gonna decide which song will go to Eurovision in Liverpool. Last year, Chanel was very succesful for Spain with a third place. Will the new particpant do the trick again? The show will start at 22.00 and you can watch it here. These are the participants: 1 Karmento Quiero y duelo 2 Megara Arcadia 3 Alice Wonder Yo quisiera 4 Fusa Nocta Mi familia 5 Agoney Quiero arder 6 Blanca Paloma Eaea 7 José Otero Inviernos en marte 8 Vicco Nochentera Agoney took part in Operación Triunfo 2017. He became 5th.Blanca Paloma took part in Benidorm Fest 2022 and became 5th.

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Benidorm Fest Semi Final 2 results

After another long night in Benidorm the results are in. Blanca Paloma won the semifinal. Last year, Blanca took part as well, but she didn’t manage to reach the final back then.  The other finalists from tonight will be Vicco, Karmento and José Ottero. Both Operacíon Triunfo winner Famous and former Eurovision participant Alfred García didn’t manage to reach the final. Below you’ll find the full results:  

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Spain: Benidorm Fest semifinal 2

Tonight is the night: Benidorm Fest will have it’s second and last semifinal. Benidorm Fest is the Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show starts at 22.50 and can be seen here. Out of 9 songs, 4 will qualify for the final. The songs are: Alfred García sings “Desde que tú estás” Blanca Paloma sings “Eaea” E’Femme sings “Uff!!” Famous Oberogo sings “La lola” José Otero sings “Inviemos en Marte” Karmento sings “Quiero y duelo” Rakky Ripper sings “Traccíon” Siderland sings “Que esclati tot” Vicco sings “Nonchentera”   Alfred García represented Spain in 2018 with the song “Tu cancíon”, in duet with Amaia.Blanca Paloma took part in Benidorm Fest 2022 and became 5th.Famous Oberogo took part in Operacíon Triunfo 2019 and became 7th in the Eurovision final.

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Benidorm Fest Semi Final 1 results

It’s been a long night in Benidrom, but the spanish people and jury have voted! Agoney has won tonight’s Semi Final with 161 points! He got the maximal amount of points that you can get from the televote, which is 40. Wil he get the Benidorm trophy this Saturday? Not only Agoney went through, but Alice Wonder, Fusa Nocta & Megara qualified for the final aswell. It’s also notable that fan favorite Aritz Aren barely missed out on the final, with a shortage of 4 points.      

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Spain: Benidorm Fest starts

Tonight is the night: Benidorm Fest will start. Benidorm Fest is the Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show starts at 22.50 and can be seen here. Out of 9 songs, 4 will qualify for the final. The songs are: Agoney sings “Quiero ardar” Alice Wonder sings “Yo quisiera” Aritz Aren sings “Flamenco” Fusa Nocta sings “Mi familia” Megara sings “Arcadia” Meler sings “No nos moverán” Sharonne sings “Aire” Sofia Martín sings “Tuki” Twin Melody sings “Sayonara”   Agoney took part in Operación Triunfo 2017. He became 5th.

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Alfred García

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameAlfred García Castillo Born14 March 1997 Nationality???????? Spanish National SelectionOperación Triunfo 2017/18 In Eurovision2018 Tel Aviv SongTu cancíon (2018, with Amaia Romero) Biography Alfred García Castillo, born in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, ​​, known as Alfred or Alfred García, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, producer and performer. He began singing in musical bars in the summer of 2011 at the age of just 14. A year later, he released his first self produced album produced by him, entitled “Beginning” and at 17, thanks to the project musical and cultural La Capsa, recorded his first single, “She looks so beautiful”. With that song, he won the audience award at the Cara B festival. In 2016, Alfred participated in the blind auditions of La Voz (The Voice). However he was not selected by any coach, so he could not continue. That same year, he self-published INBLACK (Volume One), an acoustic tribute album. In 2017, Alfred appeared at Operación Triunfo. He made it to the final of the contest. As a finalist, he was also candidate to represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with two songs: a solo song called “Que nos sigan las Luces” and a duet  with his girlfriend Amaia called “Tu canción”. Alfred and Amaia’s song won and became 23rd in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. In April 2018, Alfred was the winner of the Ciudad del Prat Award as an artist and singer. During his time at the Operación Triunfo academy he composed new songs in order to include these songs in his first record. On May 9, 2018, the singer-songwriter announced a “test tour”, where he would show the public some of the candidate songs to be included in his debut album.   In June 2018, five months after the Eurovision Gala, the solo song presented by Alfred (“Que nos sigan las luces”) was number one in downloads on iTunes and exceeded 6 million listeners on Spotify. The song earned a gold disc, making it Alfred’s first solo gold record. The first studio album after living the Operación Triunfo experience, entitled “1016”, making a nod to the number that they put in the casting of the talent show, was recorded during October 2018. The album was released on December 14, 2018. Alfred became the first Spanish male artist to record streaming on Spotify on its first day on the market and the first Spanish artist with 16 songs in the top 200 of Spotify Spain, 15 of them in the top 100, the first day of release. The album “1016” was certified gold in its fourth week on the market. Also obtaining the gold record certificate on February 12 for his first single De la tierra hasta Marte”. His new tour, “1016”, started in February 2019. After finishing this tour, the singer continued and went on tour at the biggest festivals in the country, such as Holika or Mediterránea. In July 2019 he has returned to the Share Festival, a solidarity festival in which he has collaborated with Nil Moliner in “Que nos sigan las Luces”, with Carlos Sadness in a more summery and festival version of soul “Don’t count on me” and with the rapper Rayden, in a song called “Comunicado oficial”. In August, 2019, he gave his first concert for in Latin America, in Buenos Aires.  In March 2020 he created and lead his first management company, “Salvar a los penguins, S.L.” On December 21, 2020, he announced on his social networks that he would return to music after a period of time without musical activity. On January 15, 2021, the song “”Los Espabilados was published.  Entries Tu Canción (Amaia & Alfred) Country???????? Spain Year2018 LanguageSpanish LyricsRaúl GómezSylvia Santoro MusicRaúl GómezSylvia Santoro Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 61Position: 23Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/28oMEFgSoyk

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Amaia Romero

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameAmaia Romero Arbizu Born03 January 1999 Nationality???????? Spanish National SelectionOperación Triunfo 2017/18 In Eurovision2018 Lisbon SongTu cancíon (2018, with Alfred García) Biography Amaia Romero Arbizu, born in Pamplona, known simply as Amaia, is a Spanish singer and songwriter. In 2010, at the age of 11, she participated in the children’s talent show Cántame una canción. A year later In 2011, she was one of the two winners Rock Camp 2011. In 2012 she participated in the first edition of El numero uno, managing to stay in the competition for 6 weeks. After a few years of training, Amaia collaborated with the Navarrese group Lemon y Tal on the song “Cicatrices de mi reality”. In 2017, she auditioned for Operación Triunfo and was selected. On February 5 2018, she was proclaimed the winner of the edition with 46% of the votes. On March 16, Universal Music Spain released the singer’s first compilation album in the form of a magazine in its physical edition, entitled “Amaia Romero”, her songs, which included the singer’s performances during her time with Operación Triunfo, including “City of stars» in duet with Alfred García, «Con las gana» in a duet with Aitana and «Shake it out», reached the top 3 of the list of sales and digital platforms. Due to her participation in Operación Triunfo, she was a candidate to represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. In this way, she was assigned the songs “Al cancanta”,  and “Tu cancion”, the latter sung with her partner and boyfriend Alfred García.  In the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon The Spanish representatives Amaia and Alfred reached the 23rd place.  On September 3, the promotional short for the Temporada Alta 2018 theater festival titled “La Voz de España” was published, starring Amaia. In this short film set in a television program from the 1970s, Amaia performs the song “I’m a rebel” by Jeanette. During a U2 concert in September of that year, Amaia sang a duet with Bono. On November 23, a new version of “Al Cantar” was published, the latter in a duet with Rozalén. In addition she worked together with Carolina Durante, in a song called “Perdona (Now Sí Que Sí)” . A new song with Alfred was also released, “ On December 14, her collaboration with the artist Alfred García was published, a Jazz song in Catalan entitled «Et vulle veure”. Shortly after, the releationship with Alfred García ended. In May 2019, she released her first single, entitled “El Relámpago”, followed by “Nadie podría hacerlo” in June. In August of the same year, she published her third single “Quedará en nos mente” as a preview of her first album. That album, “Pero no pasa nada” was published in September.  In 2020, Amaia participated in the Goya Awards during its 34th edition. She performed the song ‘Canción de Marisol’ that appears in the film “Ha Llegado Un Ángel”. On May 1, 2020, the documentary : Una Vuelta al sol” directed by Marc Pujolar premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The documentary shows the process of creating the album ‘Pero no pasa nada’ as well as some of her concerts. In October 2020, Amaia launches a collaboration, together with the singer and producer Alizzz, called “El Encuentro”.  In February 2021, Amaia launches a collaboration, together with Los Hermanos Cubero, called «Efímera». Amaia also participated in the documentary ‘Pongamos que hablo de Camela’. On April 8, she released a duet with the singer Mikel Erentxun called “Esos ojos negros”. This song would form part of Erentxun’s next album.  In September 2021, Amaia starred in the spot for the new Mahou campaign together with both her grandmothers. On October 1, 2021, Amaia releases “Yo Invito”, the the first song of the second album that would be released at the end of the year. On November 24, Amaia premiered “Quiero Pero No”, her second single from her second studio album. The song is a collaboration with the fashionable rapper, Rojuu. On May 13 2022, she released her second studio album “Cuando no sé quién soy”. Obtaining the No. 2 of the most listened to albums in Spain and the No. 1 in the best-selling vinyl. Entries Tu cancíon (Amaia & Alfred) Country???????? Spain Year2018 LanguageSpanish LyricsRaúl GómezSylvia Santoro MusicRaúl GómezSylvia Santoro Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 61Position: 23Running order: 2 https://youtu.be/28oMEFgSoyk

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