January 26, 2022 will go down in history as the night Chanel Terrero set Europe on fire. Like an arsonist with a tanker filled with gasoline, she spilled fire and heat as she slayed her way to victory in Semi-Final 1.
Eurovision fans are still quaking. When I woke up this morning our results post was abuzz with more than 300 comments, many of which compare Chanel to Eurovision icon Eleni Foureira, another hair-whipping, hip-thrusting star who can pop and lock while hitting those notes.
Reacting to Chanel’s live performance of “SloMo” during Semi-Final 1
Our friend Josh Salmon down in Australia summed it up like this. “As far as I’m concerned, Chanel DESTROYED this semi final.”
A user named Jack said: “Take Chanel’s performance exactly as it is, change only some camera shots, and this is a top 10 result for Spain after years. Simple as that.”
Dan sees Chanel as rejuvenating Spain’s chances at ESC: “If Chanel wins, Spain would be a strong contestant for the first time in years. I can’t stop replaying her performance. She reminded me of Eleni.”
esc 1234 suggsted that Chanel has flipped expectations on their head: This was Chanel’s night without a question. Her performance looked like an expensive latin grammy act. Her vocals and stage presence were amazing, the camerawork and the slomo effect were on point, that was pop perfection! She is the one to beat, not tanxugueiras.”
Alex C echoed that sentiment, saying that Chanel’s slick choreography made Tanxugueiras’s look lacklustre.
“I said repeatedly Chanel-Slomo is the best and I was getting dislikes haha. She brings Foureira vibes. Tanxugueiras dancers were like grasshoppers. A bit out of place.”
Colin disagrees with the juries ranking Tanxugueiras so low, but thinks the best songs ultimately made it to the final.
“Three best songs and performances qualified (Tanxugueiras, Blanca Paloma, Chanel), so I’m happy. The jury results for Terra were something I disagree with, but it’s their opinion. Production-wise, and hype-wise, this was by far the best national final Spain has had since I started watching ESC selections. This actually felt expensive and powerful.”
Fefe thinks that Chanel’s song is so-so, but that performance elevated it beyond the rest of the field.
“Let’s be honest here – most of the performances were quite messy, so Chanel winning the jury vote made 100% sense since she had the most “finished” feeling product to sell. She proved how much a live performance can change things. She has on okay-ish song but she performed everything and then some more out of it, elevating it to the best overall package of semi final 1.”
How are you feeling the morning after the night before? Can anyone slow down the “SloMo” singer? Let us know in the comments section down below.