On January 29, the Benidorm Fest took place, a music competition from which the final candidate is chosen to represent Spain in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. In spite of scandalous victory of Chanel Terreroafter a flurry of public votes for other candidates such as the Galician group Tanxugueiras or Rigobert Bandini, the young woman has been declared the winner and her single SloMo will be performed today at a European music festival.
In recent weeks, the singer has gone climbing positions in official rates and on the Eurovision World portal, she is already the fifth in terms of the number of votes. The song, which combines lyrics in Spanish and English, also won over the main association of Eurofans (OGAE), which placed Terreno in third place in the latest poll of over 4,000 fans.
This competition was born with the aim of uniting countries after World War II. Its first release took place in 1956 with only seven countries participating with two songs each. As it grew and more countries joined, its rules changed as well. After the Cold War, many Eastern Bloc countries decided to compete until today, where over 39 different countries compete, even without being part of the European continent, as is the case with Australia. Although the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is selected through two semi-finals and one grand final, the so-called “Big Five” group of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are automatically pre-selected.
Prestige and record deals
Only the countries that voted in the semi-final will be able to cast their votes, which will be awarded from 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points. Similar jury of five music professionals and viewers, by voting by phone, SMS or through the application, can also take part in this decision.
And what happens when voting closes? The points will begin to add up until a winner from the lowest to the highest is revealed, who will have to perform for the second time that night. The chosen one will take crystal microphone trophy and will have the honor of hosting the next festival next year. Although this competition, unlike others, does not have a cash prize, it brings great prestige to the winner. From contracts with the best record companies to millions of listeners on major music platforms.
The idea of this music competition attracted the attention of many other territories that are already preparing their version. Spanish-speaking countries will be able to participate in a similar format called Hipavisión, and on May 10, various US states competed against each other to win the “American Song Contest”.
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