Spain is gathering pace in its preparations for Benidorm Fest 2023. As the artists gear up for the semi-finals at the end of the month, Rory speaks to Alfred García. He is vying to represent Spain in Liverpool with his song “Desde que tú estás”.
Check out our interview with Alfred García here!
Together, Rory and Alfred talk about the inspiration behind his entry to Benidorm Fest. They also discuss Alfred’s previous experience at Eurovision, back in 2018. He also tells us about his growth as a solo artist, his love for Spanish folklore and his friendship with fellow Operación Triunfo contestant Agoney. He also gives recommendations for his other music if you enjoy “Desde que tú estás”.
About Alfred García
Alfred García Castillo is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter. A native of Barcelona, García first came to prominence in 2017, taking part in Operación Triunfo. Alfred represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with his then-girlfriend Amaia and their song “Tú cancion”. After his Eurovision experience, García has released two studio albums, each to commercial and critical success. His entry to Benidorm Fest – “Desde que tú estás” – is written by García himself, alongside Raúl Gomez.
Spain’s Eurovision journey
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with Conchita Bautista’s “Estando Contigo”. The country earned its first win in 1968 with Massiel’s “La La La”, and won again 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, most famously with Mocedades’ “Eres tu” in 1973 and Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve conmigo” in 1996.
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, including one last-place in 2017. This poor running streak was broken, however in 2022, when Chanel finished in 3rd place with 459 points from the jury and televoters with her song “SloMo”.
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