Last night the first Benidorm Fest 2023 semi-final took place. In the aftermath of the semi-final, Rory managed to speak with Sharonne about their Benidorm Fest 2023 experience. Sharonne sang the song “Aire” in the first edition of Spain’s national final.
Check out our interview with Sharonne here!
Following their bid to represent Spain, Rory and Sharonne chatted about their Benidorm Fest 2023 experience, their song “Aire, as well as about their emotions after the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest.
Sharonne who is otherwise known as Cristóbal Garrido is a 46 year old drag artist. Prior to taking part in Benidorm Fest they were best known for winning Season 2 of Drag Race España. Sharonne’a song “Aire” was written by Alejandro Barroso, Cristóbal Garrido, Iván Torrent
Sharonne placed 6th in the first Benidorm Fest 2023 semi-final, scoring 87 points overall.
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”.
What do you think of our interview with Sharonne ? Do you think “Aire” should have qualified from the first Benidorm Fest 2023 semi-final? Where does the song fall in your rankings? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we look ahead to Eurovision 2023!
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