Spain: Luna Ki withdraws from Benidorm Fest!

Luna Ki, one of the participants of the Spanish National Selection Benidorm Fest, withdraws from the competition. She was due to perform her song called ‘Voy A Morir’.

This morning RTVE has announced the withdrawal of one of the participants – Luna Ki. She pulled out of the competition due to not being able to use autotune in her performance.

Luna Ki has posted this statement of hers on her Twitter account. Here’s the translation:

Luna Ki has informed RTVE of her decision to withdraw from the Benidorm Fest festival, since the European Eurovision regulations have finally prohibited the use of autotune at the festival. It makes us sad, since autotune is a musical tool that has been used by artists like Cher since ’98, and represents part of the sound and identity of a generation. Luna considers that her song “Voy a Morir” has been composed with said tool and that its sonority and timbre are essential parts of her interpretation. Luna is a sensitive person and is going through a delicate emotional moment, so we ask everyone for the utmost respect and kindness. Luna feels responsible before the Benidorm Fest public, before the other participating artists and before RTVE, for which she will give a detailed explanation about her decision. Finally, we want to thank RTVE and especially Eva Mora and María Eizaguirre for their support and sensitivity at all times.

The singer was supposed to perform her song ‘Voy A Morir’ in the first semi-final of Benidorm Fest. From now on there will be only 6 participants competing in the show:

Semi-finals will take place on January 26 and on January 27 at 22:40 CET. Four song from each will qualify to the Grand-Final. The Final will take place on Saturday, January 29. You can watch the show here!

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