On July 12th 2022, the Belgian city of Liège hosted the final of the AI Song Contest, which is a special adaptation of the Eurovision Song Contest, where songs written by artificial intelligence are competing against each other. The competition is open to countries from all over the world and 15 finalists competed for the victory.
The winner was Yabo Hanoi from Thailand with the song “Enter Demons & Gods” and runner-up and televote winner was the Galician song “AI-LALELO” by PAMP!, which is the best result for Galicia in a Eurovision related event. While Thailand came first in the jury voting and sixth in the televote, Galicia won the televote and finished fourth with the juries. “AI-LALELO” is a song that pays tribute to women who maintain the language, culture and traditions of Galicia. Due to the minority status of Galician, the televote support means a lot to the team, as expressed by Joel Cava, Coordinator of PAMP! team and Creative Head of CECUBO Group:
For us, the main success was to create a song in Galician through artificial intelligence. Reaching the final of this Eurovision allowed us to show the world the technological and cultural talent of Galicia
One remarkable thing about this story is that a similar thing happened earlier this year, at the Benidorm Fest 2022. The Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 featured the band Tanxugueiras with the Galician song “Terra”. Just like AI-LALEO, this Galician song also won the televote with almost 71% out of 8 finalists. However due to the voting system, the public votes only made up 25% of the total score, leading to “Terra” finishing in a third place and a big outrage of the Spanish Eurovision community!
This year’s big televote success of two Galician songs, in two different Eurovision related competitions, may be a promising prospect for the future of Galician music. Maybe there will finally be a Galician song performed on the Eurovision stage soon!
How do you like the Galician songs by PAMP! and Tanxugueiras? Do you maybe even know Galician performers that would potentially compete at Eurovision? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments and on our social media profiles!