Agoney of Blanca Paloma: the ‘Benidorm Fest’ determines the winner to go to the Eurovision Song Contest


TVE broadcasts the final of the musical competition this Saturday evening with two clear favourites, who received the highest score from the jury and the televoting in the semi-finals

Only one can go to Liverpool (United Kingdom) in May to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. TVE broadcasts this Saturday evening the grand finale of the pre-selection that will choose the artist who will attend the European competition to bring the long-awaited crystal microphone of victory to our country. The second edition of the ‘Benidorm Fest’ closes with a look at the winners of the two semi-finals broadcast this week on the public channel: Agoney and Blanca Paloma. Who will win? On La 1 we will have to wait until 10 p.m. to follow the gala, which will again be directed by singer Mónica Naranjo and the presenters Rodrigo Vázquez and Inés Hernand.

Both singers not only captivated the spectators at home via televoting or the professional jury, but also made the difference for the 2,200 attendees at the galas held in the city of Palau d’Esports L’Illa de la Alicante. However, this is ‘Benidorm Fest’ and everything is yet to be decided. In the first edition, Chanel sneaked into the final by surprise without appearing in the favorites’ pools, but her “Chanelazo” (and her subsequent controversy over the jury’s votes) captured the Eurofans who watched Rigoberta Bandini and the Tanxugueiras on the watched the Eurovision Song Contest stage.

In that context, Agoney won the first semi-final of the television program that aired last Tuesday with a total of 161 points, a much higher result than that of the second finalist that night, Alice Wonder, who was left with 119. Operation Triunfo’ was also the expert jury’s favorite (corresponding to 50% of the votes) with 86 points, while the televoting also considered it the best performance of the evening (40). In the demoscopic vote, the interpreter of ‘Quiero arder’ came second with 35 points, behind Meler (40).

Blanca Paloma, for her part, made the difference in the second semi-final on Thursday and was the participant with the most votes in the edition, with 167 points, also well ahead of Vicco, the silver medalist of the evening with 135. The winning singer received the approval of the professional jury with 92 points and the televote of the public (40). In the demoscopic she came second with 35 points after the author of ‘Nochentera’, who won this category. By the way, the singer of ‘Eaea’ already participated in the first edition of ‘Benidorm Fest’ with the song ‘Secreto de agua’ and managed to finish fifth in the final of the program that Chanel won.

Both candidates compete against six other artists who slipped into the finals of this public television format. Karmento opens the evening with his ‘I want and duel’; the rock band ‘Megara’ is second with ‘Arcadia’; Alice Wonder’s voice and the piano interrupt on stage with ‘I would like’ in third position; and Fusa Nocta follows with the song ‘Mi Familia’. Both Agoney and Blanca Paloma, the favorites of the festival, sing in fifth and sixth place respectively, while José Otero (‘Inviernos en marte’) appears penultimate on stage and Vicco closes the gala with his ‘Nochentera’. Sharonne, Aritz Aren, Sofía Martín, Meler, Twin Melody, Alfred García, E’Femme, Famous, Rakky Ripper and Siderland continued on their way to ‘Benidorm Fest’.

The ‘Benidorm Fest’ again repeats the voting system to choose the winner, practically unchanged from the first edition: the professional jury gets 50% of the final result and the public the other 50%, but divided equally between televoting and demoscopic jury ( consisting of 350 persons). In the event of a tie, the TVE program will make it clear that the candidacy that receives the best score from the professional jury wins.

The shadow of ‘Chanelazo’, with which Spain achieved third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, its best position since 1995, was present in this second edition, which, according to viewing figures, aroused less expectations than the first. For example, the first semi-final attracted just one million viewers and a share of 10%, compared to last year’s ‘share’ of 11.8%, with more than 1.5 million followers. In the second round of ‘Benidorm Fest’, the differences between the two editions were bigger: 9.4% and 1,020,000 viewers this year, while in 2022 it brought together 14.2% and more than 1.7 million viewers.

Source: La Verdad


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