Spain: Aussievision's Benidorm Fest 2023 rankings
This week the 18 songs competing in Benidorm Fest, Spain's Eurovision selection show, were revealed by broadcaster RTVE.
The Aussievision team has been busy listening and ranking the songs and we can reveal the placings from 18th down to 1st.
In total 15 contributors voted so let's take a look the results in reverse order.
18. Alice Wonder – 'Yo quisiera' (11 points)
17. Twin Melody – 'Sayonara' (18 points)
"I realize that "SloMo" was the best thing Spain has sent in Eurovision, and it's high time Twin Melody can carry the legacy of Chanel." ~ John Christian
16. Blanca Paloma – 'EaEa' (19 points)
15. Karmento – 'Quiero y duelo' (22 points)
"'Quiero y duelo' grabbed my attention from first listen. Not to play into musical stereotypes, but with well strummed guitars, castanets and emotional, passionate singing, it is exactly the kind of song that plays in my head when I think of Spain. I sincerely hope Spanish Eurofans see something special in it too." ~ Colleen
14. Alfred – 'Desde que tú estás' (24 points)
"Desde que tú estás' - I really quite like this. A bit too languid and nothing-y for Eurovision, but just as a song I quite enjoy. Alfred sings it with great range and emotion, and this genre is right up my alley." ~ Hugo
13. Fusa Nocta – 'Mi Familia' (28 points)
12. Aritz Arén – 'Flamenco' (39 points)
"The only reason this isn't my number one is cause I think it's got a little too much English for my liking. But other than that, I love this song cause it is Spain in a song. It's catchy, it's upbeat and we know Aritz is a dancer so the real life performance has real potential." ~ Olivia
11. Vicco – 'Nochentera' (41 points)
The Top 10:
10. Sharonne – 'Aire' (42 points)
Highs: 7 points from Josh and Kyriakos, 6 points from Hugo and Hayley
Lows: 0 points from Samuel, Steven, Dale, Tim, Colleen, Stef and Liv
"A Eurovision classic in waiting. Dance pop done well and with some killer staging this song could be a huge fan favourite. If Sharonne can pull off the live vocals will be the real test." ~ Josh
9. Sofía Martín – 'Tuki' (46 points)
Highs: 7 points from Fleur, Dale and Samuel, 6 points from John Christian and Josh.
Lows: 0 points from Kyriakos, Tim, Stef, Hayley and Liv
8. Siderland – 'Que esclati tot' (49 points)
Highs: 10 points from Colleen, 8 points from Kyriakos and Tim
Lows: 0 points from Olivia, Dale, Stef, Fleur, Hayley, Josh and Liv
"Ever since Andorra NQ'd one too many times, there has been a dreadful lack of Catalan language songs at Eurovision, which is a shame since it is a fairly widely spoken language in Spain. If Finland can enter songs in Swedish, surely Spain can enter a song in Catalan." ~ Colleen.
7. Rakky Ripper – 'Tracción' (55 points)
Highs: 12 points from Josh, 10 points from Tim, 8 points from Colleen
Lows: 0 points from Hugo, Steve, Olivia, Kyriakos, John Christian, Samuel and Cooper
"Bad Gyal x Charli XCX x Slayyyter. This song is all my trash pop fantasies rolled into one.
Do I think it will win the selection? No. Will she be able to perform it live? I doubt it.
That being said, I think it would be a unique song for Spain to send. Many songs this year blend together but this feels truly in a lane of its own. I will playing this song all year. " ~ Josh
"Admittedly, I may have thought I mis-took my antihistamine tablet for something else whilst listening to this but it still certainly stands out. It has a lot of energy in it and it has a real vibe about it that keeps the song going along. It definitely stands out in the sea of pop in this years comp but it should do well." ~ Tim
6. Meler – 'No nos moverán' (56 points)
Highs: 8 points from Olivia and Samuel, 7 points from Stef and John Christian
Lows: 0 points from Hugo, Josh and Liv
"No nos moveran": My formative years were in the early 2010s which had lots of great pop music, and this song takes me right back to that era. This band could be Spain’s answer to Justice Crew or The Wanted – they channel an incredibly youthful and energetic feel." ~ Samuel
5. E’FEMME – 'Uff!' (62 points)
Highs: 10 points from Liv, Cooper and John Christian, 8 points from Fleur and Hayley
Lows: 0 points from Steve, Colleen and Stef
"Dance-Pop perfection! this track has all the components in becoming a Eurovision entry to be remembered for years to come. We saw with Chanel, that Spain can perfect a song like this and would do very well for them in Liverpool. The melody and hook are instant earworms that I was humming almost instantly after first listen." ~ Cooper
"If it's not Twin Melody, then E'Femme would. I mean, who would've thought about sending girl bop anthems to Eurovision?" ~ John Christian
4. Famous – 'La Lola' (67 points)
Highs: 12 points from Olivia, 10 points from Samuel, 8 points from Stef and Dale
Lows: 0 points from Tim, John Christian, Hugo and Fleur
"Something about the almost Broadway timbre of his voice and the heavy tech-pop feel of the instrumental just screams Eurovision to me. It definitely gives distinctly strong Latin Pop vibes which I always love from Spain." ~ Olivia
"I can imagine dancing and partying to this urban tune in the sunny streets of Andalusia where Famous is from – it has such a summery feel! Being a former Operacion Triunfo champion, Famous has experience winning huge singing talent shows, which should aid in his quest to represent Spain at Eurovision. Spanish songs featuring “la” tend to do well in Eurovision (think Massiel’s 1968 winner “La La La”), and since “la” is featured twice in the title of this song, this is perhaps another reason for Spaniards to send this to Liverpool." ~ Samuel
3. José Otero – 'Inviernos en Marte' (81 points)
Highs: 12 points from Hugo, 10 points from Dale, Stef and Kyriakos
Lows: 0 points from Josh, Colleen, Tim and John Christian
"In a death by latin mid tempo pop selection, this really caught my ears and I love this. José has a rich and smooth vocal tone, effortlessly going between the deep and falsetto. It’s the runs and harmonies in the chorus that really get me, and I feel like I’m floating when I hear those; goosebumps. The instrumentation builds and so does the intensity of the chorus. Albeit a predictable structure, this is still great. Interested to see what they do with staging - I hope they vary from man standing and belting ballad." ~ Hugo
"In a line up of songs this year with a lot of pop bangers this power ballad really stands out!! I love the build up and the last 45 seconds are just amazing!! José is a professional and cannot wait to see this live on the Benidorm Fest stage!!" ~ Kyriakos
"Something about his voice and the melody of the song just gets me...I love it!" ~ Stef
"What a full and rich song this is. I adore Jose's vocals and he is able to show it off in this song with his full range on display. There is so much DRAMA, particularly in the second half of the song which has a big bloody finish. I really hope he can pull this off live as it could be something very special." ~ Dale
2. Megara – 'Arcadia' (83 points)
Highs: 12 points from Steven and Tim, 10 points from Fleur and Hayley
Lows: 0 points from Cooper, Olivia, Dale and John Christian
"I was drawn in from the opening seconds: I love the husky/gravelly voice of the lead singer and simply found the overall package the most compelling. I immediately re-listened. It was one of only two songs I did so with." ~ Steven
"The introduction of the song remind me straight away of Hatari so it’s already a winner in my non-biased eyes. To put it simply, it combines metal and electronic music and has a wonderful harshness to it. What’s not to love??!!! In a competition full of pop-y songs that honestly all blended together, it definitely stood out. If Spain were to send this, it would certainly be a risk but I think it would get good reward for it." ~ Tim
"I had no idea that Spain could do something like this. Bring it on. I am living for it." ~ Fleur
"This song has a certain heaviness to its production, and I like it. I feel this song would have impact on stage and there is a certain sass to her voice. It has a lot going on!" ~ Hayley
1. Agoney – 'Quiero arder' (128 points)
Highs: 12 points from Hayley, Fleur, Stef, Dale, Samuel, Kyriakos and Cooper
Lows: 0 points from John Christian and Colleen
"Quiero arder is a wild ride from start to finish. The production is a dark-pop club track which is right up my alley! Agoney's vocal range is shown off in this song as we weave through many different moments that make this song. I cannot wait to see what they do with this live because from first listen this was number one and I can't see many songs overtaking it for me." ~ Cooper
"Omg this just slaps straight away. LOVE IT!! I have no idea how this is going to work as a live performance, I hope its a hot mess. I love the hard beats - its like ‘I.M’ by Michael Ben David and ‘Siren Song’ by MARUV had a baby then the offspring is ‘Quiero arder’ and I am here for it!!! Cannot wait for Agoney to smash it! ARDER!!!" ~ Kyriakos
"Esto es cliente!! Just like Slo Mo the year before, the second this songs starts my shoulders are moving and I am cutting moves in my seat like never before. This is amazing. Spain SEND THIS SONG!" ~ Hayley
"From the opening moments you have drama and dark club beats and it hooks you in. I love the change in the spoken word verses to the drama filled vocal and the big brassy almost "Maruv" like instrumentation and production. It's like a paella, taking ingredients from multiple different songs and genres to put together this very tasty dish and I am EATING IT UP!" ~ Dale
"Its a banger!" ~ Stef
"If Spain want to break their record 54-year winning drought at Eurovision in 2023, they must choose this entry. The symphony of violins at the start of the song lulls the listener into ethereal serenity, which is perfect for then shocking them into the explosive, futuristic music that makes up the bulk of this track. The song is quite simply spectacular, infectious, and unique. Agoney has the triple threat – a sensational vocal range (he is nicknamed “the Canary with the golden voice”), looks that could represent Spain at Mister World, and a killer anthem. If Agoney can deliver this live and Spain sends this to Eurovision this may become my favourite male entry ever in the song contest." ~ Samuel
"The first song I heard was the stand out for me. Yes, it was a banger but it was also so much more. So many layers, and yet it worked. Absolutely loved it. I just hope that it's not a train wreck live." ~ Fleur
"My main reason for scoring 'Quiero arder' so highly is because of its - I’m assuming/hoping - stadium appeal: the soaring opening instrumental, the banging beat and “fuego" galore would certainly bring the party atmosphere to the Liverpool stage." ~ Steve
"Internally the Aussievision team has been tongue in cheek calling this Maruv x Michael Ben David, and I totally agree with this! There’s a lot of elements to this song; I like the falsetto build up to the chorus, and then the instrumentation of the chorus when it hits is quite memorable and catchy. Great staging possibilities and I’m excited by this." ~ Hugo
"If Israel from 2022 met MARUV with her Siren Song, this song would be the result.
I think with great staging this song could really do some damage at Benidorm Fest and Eurovision 2023." ~ Josh
That's the rankings of the Aussievision team, do you agree?
You can listen to all the entries on the RTVE Eurovision website: https://www.rtve.es/television/eurovision/
Benidorm Fest will begin on 31 January and conclude with a final on 4 February 2023.
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