Spain is continuing their preparations for the Benidorm Fest 2023 final. As artists prep for national final to conclude on Saturday 4th February, Rory speaks to Rakky Ripper, who was vying to represent Spain in Liverpool with their song “Tracción”.
Check out our interview with Rakky Ripper here!
Together, Rakky Ripper and Rory talk about the meaning behind their song “Tracción”, its creative process, as well as talking about their Eurovision memories from Spain, and the emotions leading up to their participation in the Spanish selection.
About Rakky Ripper
Rakky Ripper ( aka Raquel García Cabrezio) is a 27 year old singer from Granada, however she currently resides in Madrid. In 2019 Rakky Ripper released her first single “R.I.P Plantitas” and hasn’t looked back since. In 2023 Rakky Ripper’s Benidorm Fest 2023 song was written by Aleix Martin Font, Joan Valls Paniza, Kickbombo and Rakky Ripper. “Traccíon” placed last in the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest after scoring a total of 52 points.
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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