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. 

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Allaine
Allaine
3 months ago

She was amazing

Yesim
Yesim
3 months ago

I’m getting such Efendi vibes! Chanel is almost as good dancer as she, but there’s still time to rehearse the choreography. Good luck!

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Yesim

you should compare chanel with superstars like JLO not with flops like terrorfendi

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago

The performance was great, the choreography was entertaining and she looked great – she has great charisma! Though, personally I am NOT that crazy about a song. I am not sure about the vocals – sometimes it’s hard to say whether it’s her or the backing vocals. Sometimes she was also a bit out of breath – which is understandable and it can still be improved, if she practices a lot. I am not that sure whether juries will like it though. The song in itself is OK, but I’ve already hear better bops and I am not sure whether… Read more »

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
3 months ago

I have to give credit where credit is due. The choreography was amazing and she is a very talented performer. When I listened to all the songs I kind of forgot about SloMo but this performance really elevated the song. I’m pretty surprised that people like this performance so much because so many were up in arms about some of last years esc performances where the singer relied “too heavily” on the backing track. And backing track was obviously used a lot here too. (makes sense because she was moving around a lot and would have been out of breath)… Read more »

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

it’s nice, but they have better options

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

yes better options to stay in bottom 5 Channel is ESC ready

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

sorry, but this screams edurne 2.0

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

sorry but this screams winner

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

I love this performance and was shocked by how good it was but I do think saying “this would’ve won any national selection” is a stretch when she only came #2 on the night with televote. Meaning if this was only the choice of the Spanish public, she would’ve lost. The 5 juri members clearly chose this. But the public did not. I think it’s success is very much driven by a segment of the audience. With that said—this was miles better than any of last year’s Eurovision bops in terms of overall performance and none got over 100 points… Read more »

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago

Is it always like this on every national selection? I mean, people arguing over who is better, who will get a worse result with so much “passion”?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Pretty much. It is the “my opinion is better than yours”-instinct. Not only the ESC community has this instinct, pretty much every community: anime, games, cartoons, music, drawing, eating, etc. But, that’s life. Without this instinct, discussions wouldn’t exist.

Last edited 3 months ago by GojoSatoru
Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
3 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Wow following every national selection must be really exhausting.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Depends on the person. For some it is exhausting, for some it isn’t.

Lex
Lex
3 months ago

This is how you sell a song. This is an audioVISUAL competition, and Chanel and her team understand this perfectly. She’s not reinventing the wheel but that’s not the goal.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago
Reply to  Lex

True. Still, SloMo can go two ways:

  • It can go the Fuego way: People love it and it ends up in the top 10 (maybe even a surprising top 5).
  • It can go the “We are tired of Spanish style dance songs, be original” way (Cyprus has been going this way since 2019).

It depends on the televoters in which mood they are.

Last edited 3 months ago by GojoSatoru
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
3 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Tired of something they haven’t sent in at least 18 years?!

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
3 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

There haven’t been that many “Spanish style dance songs”. Don’t some song titles fool you. I’m not sure about Fuego but Hasta la vista, Loco Loco and El diablo weren’t.

esc1234
esc1234
3 months ago

If this performance looks so good on a small stage, they can literally do miracles in Turin. This has the potential to become viral around the world

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  esc1234

Lol even around the universe no? Don’t abuse.

Last edited 3 months ago by Esc addict
Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Chanel has popstar potential so yes

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago

Here we go again… why is it always a cheap upbeat female-led pop track that gets all the hype? Honestly, sometimes I feel like some Eurovision fans just follow the crowd like sheep. Sure Chanel is a decent performer but if this song is selected it’s coming bottom 5.

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

if this song is selected it will get 100% top 10 just say you hate popgirlies and go

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

I don’t hate pop songs by girls. I don’t hate this song. It’s just really boring a lot of the time when they are the only acts that get the most hype.

Pearli
Pearli
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

I agree. Any diva dance song with proper choreography will be praised by these Eurovision fans. Just look at how they praised Cyprus in 2019, 2021 and other dance tracks in 2021 before the competition. So many “YAS QUEEN” “SLAY” thrown around many comment sections and the results after 2018 kind of say no to these dance tracks.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

I hated El Diablo….

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

Chanel is as good or even better than Eleni I will be sure she gets a good result

Steven
Steven
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Well, Chanel is an outstanding performer, and as such she could easily end up in top 10. Not sure how you reason your prediction that she’d be ranked that low 😉

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Because Spain have finished in the bottom 5 with great performers many times before… and SloMo as a song isn’t any better than what they’ve sent previously. Edurne, Barei, Miki and Blas Canto are all great live and they all flopped so I don’t know why Chanel would be any different.

Last edited 3 months ago by Pineaple
Allaine
Allaine
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Edurne, Blas, Soraya etc… Good vocals but they all had horrible staging.

Chanel slays, go girl ^^

Bella
Bella
3 months ago

She slayed that live performance and put on an incredible show! But (1) the song is just bland and (2) she’s barely singing during the whole thing and relying on backing vocals. My guess is that she probably has a strong background as a dancer (and it shows with these impeccable moves).

If we’re going to compare her to Eleni, my opinion will be the exact same I had about Fuego: the song is in plastic, but she’s indeed an incredible performer.

Karl
Karl
3 months ago

Spain is going to send Ay Mama and then come May, it will land in the bottom 5.

Spanish fans at that point: *surprised Pikachu face*

Nate
Nate
3 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Wait until you see tonight’s performance bc reporters are saying it is truly amazing

Karl
Karl
3 months ago
Reply to  Nate

Wait until you realize the song is not good regardless.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Karl

This fury omg…..

Cheerio
Cheerio
3 months ago
Reply to  Nate

Saw it. It wasn’t amazing. ?

Will
Will
3 months ago

People always acting like Eleni invented the female pop entry when Sertab, Ruslana, and Helena won in three consecutive years over a decade before her. Chanel was amazing and would be a deserving winner of the Spanish selection.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

Very well executed performance, she has managed to turn an harmless song in a potential Benifest winner, shout out to her but however I’m not ecstatic with this one as some others seem to be. It’s a polished and good performance no doubts about it, the all package is ready but the song remains average imo. Eleni did it, Fuego was average but her performance changed everything but she does that during the esc rehearsals and surprised everybody, it wouldn’t be the case for Chanel this time, she has already surprised with an Eleni effect last night. The factor surprise… Read more »

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Chanel was a big pleasant surprise last night. I don’t think it’s the song in the running with the best chance of getting Spain into the highest reaches of the board (that would probably be “Terra,” which I could see making the top five), but if it wins the ticket to Turin and they don’t change a thing, it would at least start them down the right path. It would be to them what “Golden Boy” or “Birds” or “J’ai cherche” were for their countries: not their “winner,” per se, but the signal that they’re heading in the right direction… Read more »

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Spain surely needs to pick Terra to get that bottom 5 strike

Una
Una
3 months ago

It feels like it is an American product from music to lyrics to choreo. And the name dropping from America has been done before.
The song is good even if very mainstream. It is very well delivered. But it’s been done before including in Eurovision.

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Who cares every thing has been done before

Nikki
Nikki
3 months ago

I found chanel performance incredible! Beautiful woman , amazing moves, great show, I also loved the staging. The only thing is that when I closed my eyes and just listen to the song, it doesn’t grab my and I find it not appealing to me.

sam
sam
3 months ago

at first i really disliked slomo, and i still wouldn’t listen to it outside of eurovision but chanel totally won me over. she’s amazing and her performance was easily better than anything spain has sent to eurovision in the last decade. she really delivered, i’d be super happy with her going to eurovision and think she could do really well especially once fans get over tanxugeiras eventual loss at benidorm

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  sam

Or ay mama could win.

Efraim
Efraim
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Not if the jury has something to say about it. And if how they voted last night is any indication, I’m pretty sure they will.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Well, we’ll find out tonight.

aricdb
aricdb
3 months ago

Spectacular performance well deserving winning!

Btw., the outfit is designed by Carmen Farala (Spain’s Dragrace winner).

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

Her performance was flawless, but I’m fed up of Fuego-like entries at Eurovision, at least for this year. I hope this year will be more alternative in terms of genre and style.

Esc
Esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Not every solo female pop performer is Eleni. She was great in 2018 but people need to get over the idea that countries shouldn’t send a song like this just because Eleni did it. I understand wanting other genres of music at esc but there is every chance that we will get that variety through other national selections and internal selections :).

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Theres gonna be like 40 songs, we have room for everything

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago

As a performance, this was indeed flawless and an exciting one to watch. Plus Chanel’s vocals were surprisingly fine for someone doing all those moves. The only thing that bothers me is how when an effective bop like this pops up part of the fandom suddenly drops the “Eurovision it’s about the songs” mantra. So an average dancing pop song has its flaws forgiven, while well staged and performed equally average songs from other genres won’t get the same. Even better songs with just OK staging won’t have the same treatment (I’ll never forget how people were trying to rule… Read more »

Dav
Dav
3 months ago

She would probably tank in Eurovision, as little as I want to say that, but yeah, her performance was incredible and kudos for her. I’m just afraid that with the great variety Spain has this year, they choose to send this. But it’s their voice what counts on Saturday

Last edited 3 months ago by Dav
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago
Reply to  Dav

a top 20 placement (which is better than what RIGoberta could possibly do let’s face it) would still be amazing for spain’s standards

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Dav

nope she would end top 10 bye

Sesil
Sesil
3 months ago

If Rayden doesn’t give a flawless performance tonight, I’m 100% rooting for Chanel on Saturday

Vamoss
Vamoss
3 months ago

SloMo is everything Cyprus tried to do after 2018. This type of music came from Spain, and Spain is the country who can send and support this kind of act. I dont care about Terra, the fact that is ethnic and galician does not mean it is done right. The performance was a mess.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

You can show support to somebody without putting down others contestants you know.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

This is kind of …inaccurate? Neither replay nor el diablo were latin inspired..

voix
voix
3 months ago

Btw that was Chanel’s first ever solo performance?! Damn she is pure talent

Last edited 3 months ago by voix
voix
voix
3 months ago

When done right, fast pop music can be sensational. This is next level, her charisma, the choreography, the outfit, everything screams top 10 at least. She can bring back Spain to the Eurovision game.

P.s even if she comes 10th or 12th it’s still 10 times better than last year 😉

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  voix

I predict this would be top 5 maybe winner. I’ve never seen that stage affect slow Mo thing before in Eurovision. It was immense.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

Because it’s something never seen in 66 years of Eurovision ( which I doubt, stroboscopes effects have already been used), it’s forcefully top 5 or winner….ok weird way to think and moreover without knowing the competition she could have…..

Robert
Robert
3 months ago

She’s a winner baby