With just about 24 hours to go until Spain’s Eurovision National Final ‘Benidorm Fest’ is due to start, it was revealed that one of its participants Gonzalo Hermida tested positive for COVID-19.
Gonzalo’s videoclip to be shown instead of performance
When breaking the news Gonzalo found it hard and difficult, that he will be unable to perform his entry “Quién lo diría” (Who can say) on stage at the second semi-final on Thursday, especially as he took every precaution ever since it was announced that he is one of the competitors in this year’s competition.
Since Gonzalo is unable to perform his entry live, the video clip for “Quién lo diría” will be used, as he was unable to make his first rehearsal.
Spain’s Eurovision Journey
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with Conchita Bautista’s “Estando Contigo” and the country earned its first win in 1968 with Massiel’s “La La La”. They then earned their second consecutive win in 1969 with Salome’s “Vivo Cantando” in an infamous four-way tie. Although they have yet to win again, Spain earned several 2nd place finishes, including Mocedades’ “Eres tu” in 1973 and Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve conmigo” in 1996.
However, Spain has been less successful in recent years. Although they achieved two 10th place finishes in 2012 and 2014, the country has not finished above 20th place since 2015. This includes one last-place finish in 2017. Unfortunately, this trend continued in 2021, with Blas Canto finishing in 24th place at the 2021 contest with 6 points.
Are you disappointed that Gonzalo will be unable to perform live at Benidorm Fest? Will you be watching Benidorm Fest? Who would you like to represent Spain at Eurovision? As always, let us know in the comments or on social media. Also, be sure to follow THAT Eurovision Site on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
News Source: RTVE
Photo Source: Gonzalo Hermida