Cock-a-doodle-doo! Spanish media slam Manel Navarro over his squawk in “Do it for your lover”

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“Just do if for your lover, juuuust do it…” and then ouch!

Spain’s Manel Navarro hit a bum note heard all around Europe (and Australia) on Saturday night, killing the atmosphere of his summery tune — and making for a rather strange climax to his song.

Surely the dodgy note — which he had nailed many times in rehearsals — contributed to Spain’s last-place finish.

In Spain we call the bungled note a “gallo”, which means rooster.

The missed note has led to endless memes and commentary, much of it playing on the theme of poultry.

For you it might have been painful to hear. But for us it was something like this:


Poor Manel had never missed that note… until the night of the Eurovision final.

The Twittersphere has been rather merciless.

PM Mariano Rajoy doesn’t quite seem to be getting it…

OH WAIT, the Simpsons already predicted this…

Edurne sends her love.

Oh dear.

His note got on many people’s goat.

Subtle move, Salvador.

(When you listen to Manel’s squawk)

OK, THIS IS THE LAST ONE.

Manel has dealt with the moment with immense grace and humour.

During the voting, he tweeted this:

He says a “non-desired guest” showed up during the performance.

BBC commentator Graham Norton seemed to have a similar thought. During the show he said:

“Oooh some dodgy notes in there. I wonder if there’s something going wrong technically. Or maybe, he’s not great.”

Given the note that launched a thousand memes, it’s perhaps not surprising that the Spaniard was the most talked about act in all of Eurovision on Twitter.

Judging from the bunch of tweets above, I’m not sure whether this is an honour or not. But hey, at least he’s first in something.

Courtesy of Twitter UK.

RTVE blames Manel for the last place

If there has been a broadcaster accused of not engaging enough with Eurovision 2017, then the award definitely goes to RTVE.

They’ve been busy dealing with issues. Spain’s ex HoD, Federico Llano, had to resign in late February following allegations that the Objetivo Eurovisión jury had been bribed.

Manel secured Spain’s worst placing at Eurovision since 1999.

RTVE decided to avoid taking any responsibility and indirectly blamed Manel’s squawk for the result.

(Spain comes last in Eurovision after Manel Navarro’s squawk)

After all we’ve seen and all we’ve written this year, it’s pretty clear that Manel’s bum note wasn’t the only factor behind Spain’s last place finish. With one Eurodrama after another, this year’s Eurovision may well have been RTVE’s annus horribilis.

To make matters worse, RTVE recorded its lowest Eurovision viewing figures since 2007, with only 3.9 million tuning in.

Will things improve in 2018? Do you think Manel’s squawk was the principal reason for Spain’s last place finish? Which meme is your favourite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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