Just who is Blanca Paloma, the singer from Valencia, that has won the final of the Benidorm Fest to go through to Eurovision 2023?
The young woman from Alicante, originally from Elche but now living in Madrid, has a degree in Fine Arts and has worked as a set designer and theatre costume designer.
However, music has always been her passion, and she has continued to make strides as a performer with his two groups, De mar a mar and Aflkay. It was not until 2021 that she recorded a song for the first time.
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Blanca Paloma will take her song ‘Eaea‘ (a Spanish lullaby which is combined with electronic elements) to Liverpool on May 13 for the Eurovision 2023 song contest. She will be the second Valencian to represent Spain as a solo artist in the contest, which will take place following Ukraine’s triumph last year.
The Ilicitana singer beat out two big favourites, Agoney and Vicco, in the final of Benidorm Fest 2023 to grab first place. Blanca Paloma’s performance was one of the most highly valued before the start of the festival. However, her name was not in the running to win but her performance during the second semi-final changed everything.
The specialist press attendees stood up and crowned her as the winner of the Benidorm Fest.
“Eaea” is a tribute song to her grandmother Carmen, of Andalucian roots. The performance references the shawl that her grandmother wore, from which she begins singing the song that will represent Spain in May. As mentioned, she will be the second Valencian to perform in the festival as a solo artist after Jaime Morey did so with “Amanece” in 1972.
The big surprise of the night was Chanel, who appeared to make the presentation of the bronze microphone to the winner of Benidorm Fest 2023, although she did not perform herself.
Manuel Carrasco opened the final with the song “Eres.” The musical highlight of the night was from Mónica Naranjo, who performed “Sobreviviré,” the song that marked her entire career. The Catalan singer gave everything on stage. Later, Ana Mena arrived with “Un clásico,” her new single.