Chanel SloMo Spain Eurovision 2022

On Saturday, eurofans across the world watched as Chanel Terrero narrowly conquered the first edition of the long-awaited Spanish national final Benidorm Fest 2022. The Cuban-Spanish singer, dancer and actor gathered enough points to win and will now dance her way to Turin with her Latin bop “SloMo.”

However, Chanel’s victory did not leave Spanish fans indifferent. In fact, the “SloMo” win is now being questioned as fans scream “robbery” online and tweet “#RiggedFest” over an alleged connection between a jury member and Chanel. Is your tea hot? Then heat it now.

As a way to extinguish the fire now burning the Internet, RTVE has officially issued a statement. In it, the broadcaster calls for acceptance of the rules. RTVE says it it plans to launch discussions to improve the Benidorm Fest process in the future.

Why is Chanel’s win causing controversy?

Chanel’s victory caught many fans by surprise, as fan favourites Rigoberta Bandini and Tanxugueiras had been considered the most likely winners. The controversy mainly arises from the jury vote, for which fans have been up in arms over an alleged connection between Chanel and judge Miryam Benedited.

Chanel and Miryam have previously worked together on several occasions in the past, including the TV shows “Tu Cara Me Suena” and “Operación Triunfo.” What is more, Miryam and Chanel also helped choreograph Edurne’s “Amanecer” performance in Eurovision 2015. In fact, they haven’t been shy in sharing pictures on social media, as these photos show:

Fans were quick call out this connection as soon as Chanel was named the winner. The expert jury had 50% of the vote, while the other two voting blocs (the demoscopic jury and the public voting) had 25% each. Chanel topped the jury vote, and placed second and third in the demoscopic jury and public voting respectively. The combination left Rigoberta Bandini and Tanxugueiras with no option for the trophy, which inflamed fans even more.

However, despite Chanel and Miryam’s previous work connection, Chanel told the press early the following day that she hasn’t been in contact with Miryam for over four years.

Some fans have also pointed out some other issues, such as the amount of English used and the meaning of her Eurovision song. According to some fans, her “SloMo” contains around 40% English words, which conflicts with Benidorm Fest rules that have a maximum of 35%.

Chanel is not the only one

As fans started connecting dots, they also realized Chanel was not the only one to share a connection with judge Miryam Benedited. Rayden, who participated at Benidorm Fest with “Calle de la Llorería,”also knew Miryam from past projects. Benedited’s assistant Borja Rueda has been involved in Rayden’s Benidorm Fest choreography. However, his jury result was not as good as Chanel’s one. He placed fourth with 37 points which left fans with room to argue whether the jury result was controversial.

RTVE calls for acceptance of results

As the accusations of fans against the jury result not only filled social platforms but made it trending, national broadcaster RTVE has issued an official statement.

In the statement, RTVE emphasised the need to accept the results but also offered room for interpretation. RTVE stated their intention to launch participatory discussions to improve the process of Benidorm Fest in future editions. Some fans interpreted this as meaning RTVE was aware of the controversy.

The Spanish Broadcaster previously supported the jury vote after the first semi-final that Chanel won. In a press conference the following day, RTVE asked for “respect” for the jury’s work. María Eizaguirre, Head of Communication of RTVE, told the press that the jury members “have their likes and opinions” and that they “are a professional” jury. She added, “They did not know what the person next door was voting for, nor did they agree with each other.”

RTVE aside, artists such as Rayden, Rigoberta Bandini, Tanxugueiras and many more have celebrated Chanel’s victory. Rayden went further and made a call for peace, inviting fans to help RTVE make Benidorm Fest better in future editions.

What do you think about this situation? How can Benidorm Fest be improved in the future? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Xyph
Xyph
9 months ago

A national selection should voice the nation’s decision, meaning the public vote should be the main decider. The jury can be used as the deciding factor if there is a tie between artists. Don’t get me wrong though, I enjoy SloMo but in my opinion Tanxugueiras should have won as they won the public vote.

Ece
Ece
9 months ago

Shes plagiarised the main chorus from a balkan artist, Dara bubamara – Extravaganto the beat and melody for that main part has been ripped off, she needs to correct her producers

Luca
Luca
9 months ago
Reply to  Ece

Allegedly sweet heart. The song has elements of a mix of different songs but not a direct copy. If her team has stolen anything, then may Dara take Chanel to court. Until then, it’s all allegations. Do you really want to fight over a Latin pop club song that has stupid sexy lyrics like Zoom Zoom, boom boom, corazon, I am ready, let’s get ready, papa, daddy. If anyone who should sue and call out plagiarism it’s going to be Spain vs. Cyprus, Romania, Russia and Serbia for further butchering the Spanish language. Let Spain take back their language and… Read more »

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 months ago

5 “experts” negate the choice of 100 thousands of people. That’s not ok. The jury vote weight is disproportional.

Alx
Alx
9 months ago

In Spain we have people with depression committing suicide after reading loads of hate comments against them on social media. Just putting into context.

KuKo
KuKo
9 months ago

All this controversy is senseless. So Chanel and Rayden worked with one of the jurors in the past…and Azucar Moreno competed in Eurovision 1990, are one of the most recognizable Spanish artists of all time. I’m pretty sure they are probably friends with all the jurors, Alaska, and the board of directors of RTVE. Yet, they missed the final And about your beloved Rigoberta. I mean, considering her daytime job is to dub DISNEY movies into Catalan (she was the voice of no less than Brave, Frozen, Spirited Away, etc). She must also be very very well known in the… Read more »

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  KuKo

I mean, some of the submittals were probably invited to perform at the contest in the first place. I don’t get the fans that are hating on the artists instead of the system xs

Alexia
Alexia
9 months ago

It’s a cheesy, cheap and tasteless song, unfortunately for the Spanish.

Jose
Jose
9 months ago

I think that no one here has yet entered into what has really happened. Tanxugueiras achieved the highest score in public opinion voting (30 points) and in televoting (30 points). The professional jury, who had voted earlier, gave Tanxugueiras a score so low that it was mathematically impossible for them to win. That is why from Spain we are saying that the festival has been manipulated.
 

Danny
Danny
9 months ago

I don’t know why people are only realizing now that the Spanish belong to the worst fan community when they’ve (for years) already been threatening children for the same reasons…

Ivan
Ivan
9 months ago

Hi dear fans. I want to comment regarding this topic. Chanel’s performance was the best no doubt, but the song is not the best. Eurovision is not the festival of the song anymore but about the performance which Chanel slayed. On the other hand I want to add something interesting. Every month we can see Eurovision Top 10 most watched and we are all shocked how Turkey, Azerbaijan, Norway are still in the list and there are no songs from 2010 to 2020. I will tell you why. From 2004 to 2009 (in 2009 only semifinals) only public voted. Jury… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Ivan
gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  Ivan

?!
Sweden won public vote in 2012
Denmark won public vote in 2013
Austria won public vote in 2014
Italy won public vote in 2015
Portugal won public vote in 2017
Norway won public vote in 2019
Italy won public vote in 2021

And you claim western countries cannot win without jury support? Really? The truth is jury can drag down both eastern and western countries.

Nikolaus
Nikolaus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ivan

Even tho you shared some interesting facts, there are false statements in there too. I agree that 2000s ESC faves owe a great deal of success to public-only voting, but longetivity of those tracks has nothing to do with voting system. 2000s were simply different. It was a decade of big ESC expansion and a lot of new genres and flavours, so it was normal for something more exotic to be more successful compared to traditional ESC cobtestants at the time. Things got back in balance in the meantime, viewers got used to expect anything in the competition, including all… Read more »

Elfi
Elfi
9 months ago

Hmmmm. Just no. Shut up.

Elfi
Elfi
9 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

“the truth” and that way of thinking already did a lot of damage in this world…

Go find help! 😉

Last edited 9 months ago by Elfi
Elfi
Elfi
9 months ago

As a Portuguese viewer i watched it live. Previous the shows my top 3 was: 1.Rayden 2.Tanxugeiras 3. Rigoberta After the shows: 1/2. Chanel 2/1. Rigoberta 3. Tanxugueiras I think tanxugueiras had the best song to make a statement in Turin however the live performance was confusing, and cringe sometimes…(for me) Rigoberta was amazing, like really one of a kind!!! Chanel was like an international pop star. Sooo, if RTVE work in the shadows and they support more some “friends” that’s the definition of an “non professional” jury… something has to be done. Benidorm fest was great, Spanish people deserved… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Elfi
Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago

Just to de-escalate the drama, I have to say this article was perfect for my Spanish practice. Lots of Spanish setences.

Last edited 9 months ago by Im so fab
Craig
Craig
9 months ago

Has there even been a Spanish national selection if there’s not some sort of drama after it?

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  Craig

No.

Philou
Philou
9 months ago

Really not my taste. It sounds too noisy and too much English in the song. In my opinion only the performance was good, not the song. For me the real winner was Rigoberta.
I still can’t understand the win of Chanel. No interest in listening to this entry again. No votes from me. Sorry, Spain, bad choice.

Charlie06
Charlie06
9 months ago

The more information comes out, the more obvious it is. Something happened.
Links with the jury, financial support of the record company, lack of transparency…
Politically, everything needs to be explained because it has been organised with PUBLIC MONEY, and the support of public institutions.

Poor Chanel. It’s not her fault. She’s an amazing artist.

Rich
Rich
9 months ago
Reply to  Charlie06

100% this. Many people here on Wiwibloggs think it’s just Spanish eurofans complaining about the song, but it’s not. There are many problems here, including corruption in public institutions and suppression of our co-official languages. This is a true scandal and exposes many problems structural we have.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Problems should be addressed but don’t take it out on Chanel, ok?

Rich
Rich
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I agreed with Charlie, I didn’t critique Chanel. I talked about problems with RTVE and Spanish government. Chanel is a good performer, I think her song is generic, but she is good. My problem is with the jury (which was corrupted) and the broadcaster playing politics.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich

It’s true, all of the issues should be addressed but it’s not Chanel’s fault, she doesn’t deserve any of the hate she’s got.

Rich
Rich
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

I agree

Adrián
Adrián
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich

RTVE Preselected Tanxugueiras themselves… How on Earth that means suppressing co-official languages?

Lex
Lex
9 months ago
Reply to  Charlie06

What happened with the financial support of the record company? Cause I ignore it completely. Did they buy the jury? Cause that would be a scandal. Did they support her financially to have the best dancers and stylists? Cause that’s the most normal thing in the world.

Efraim
Efraim
9 months ago

Hopefully, as Gurl says, it will pass. But until it passes, at this time it’s spiralling out of control. A Galician regional party has taken the whole thing to Congress, the representatives in TVE of one of Spain’s main trade unions are demanding the selection be declared null and void… We just can’t have nice things without mad fanatics and moronic politicians ruining them.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

They have taken it to congress?! For real??? Wow …

Efraim
Efraim
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Just another day in the sad circus of Spanish politics.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

Spaniards taking the political sh*tshow to a whole new level

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

I mean … I get that the independence or sovereignty of some of its regions is a very controversial and sensitive topic in Spain. But then, again, here it’s just about an entertainment show. Shouldn’t any politician have more important things on his mind? This has really blown out of proportions, hasn’t it?

Last edited 9 months ago by Nils
Efraim
Efraim
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Spanish politicians have never been known for having their priorities straight.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Efraim

You could say that about politicians in any country.

Lex
Lex
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

They did the same when Manel Navarro won. This is just a normal day in Spain

3art
3art
9 months ago

On a different note, Poland first in the betting odds. Must be because of the Ochman – River leak.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  3art

Instead of a comment I have a couple of questions about this:
Had Poland been at the top of betting odds before? Is the song good enough to be considered a contender? I mean, it’d be cool to have Eurovision hosted in Warsaw or Krakow. I can’t expect anything from TVP, though.

Last edited 9 months ago by ete sech
3art
3art
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Yes it will defo get high rank . Great voice , Duncan vibes . Poland was once first in the betting odds before when Margaret participated in the NF but then she didn’t win..

Pearli
Pearli
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Cool Me Down once helped Poland shot to the top of the betting odds in 2016.
I heard the song that got leaked and I think it’s a quality song but it doesn’t give me winner vibe though.

ESC Commentator
ESC Commentator
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Yes, in 2016 when Margaret entered the national selections with „Cool me down” Poland was leading the odds. Ochman has Great voice and charisma, I am sure he will do well in Eurovision, if selected!

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  3art

Thanks for the feedback, guys! I’ll look forward to listening to the song when it’s released 🙂

WeAreWhitChanel
WeAreWhitChanel
9 months ago

I’m Spanish, in my view point Chanel hadn’t the best song but she is an amazing singer and she had an amazing performance. Watching all the dance that she did in the National Final imagine what she can do in Torino. Now is the opportunity of Spain to be on the Top 10 again, so we have to be united and be proud again of our singer, of our song and of our performance.

Gurl
Gurl
9 months ago

It will pass. It always does. Eurodrama is part of the process. In a month you ‘all will start complaining about Spanish eurofans overhyping Chanel, rigging the polls and all that. You should know already Spanish fans are extremely passionate for the good and for the bad. They are not going to change, so deal with it. And if you can’t take it, better go commennt to the other countries news. There are over 40 of them. Xoxo.

Last edited 9 months ago by Gurl
Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago
Reply to  Gurl

Spanish fans are the most toxic fans out there, ruining Eurovision. Of course we are going to comment about this situation…

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago

I hate to say it but Spain’s biggest problem in Eurovision is the Spanish Eurovision fans…

Andi
Andi
9 months ago
Reply to  Ifty

No, actually the Spanish Jury

esc1234
esc1234
9 months ago
Reply to  Andi

you are part of the problem

Xello
Xello
9 months ago

Duncan Lawrence was not the winner of televote nor juries Sergey Lazarev was killed by juries, and second placed Jamala took the throne Il Volo was even lower with the juries, while Russia was above Sweden, but Mans won 2015. So what if the fan-favorite does not win the selection (even Eurovision). It is not the end of the world. It is not like some undeserving outsider won (like Ester Peony in Romanian NF 2019 if i recall from 7th or 8th place, cuz the public vote only counted as one from the number of juries…). Haters gonna hate, Chanel… Read more »

DarkSideStan
DarkSideStan
9 months ago
Reply to  Xello

Chanel won deservingly, as she had one of the best performances and is imo the most ESC ready

Karworld
Karworld
9 months ago

I hope Chanel finishes in the top 5 to shut the mouth of all those haters who didn’t learn to emotionally manage their frustrations. Fight for your dream Chanel!

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago
Reply to  Karworld

Spain won’t finish in bottom 5, so it’s a progress. Top 5, though? Absolutely not.

Last edited 9 months ago by Im so fab
Roro31
9 months ago

But frankly you have nothing else to do but criticize, criticize and criticize again and cry foul ???? What are these kid behaviors?? Always look for the Little Beast, it’s crazy!! We relax, it’s just a simple contest where there are winners and losers that’s all, we celebrate music together as it should be so stop there!! Anyway, it’s only the Spaniards who complain, not the other Eurofans. But I still remember that Chanel finished 3rd in the televote so where are the voters?? For my part, I don’t really care that she sings in such a way, that her… Read more »

Chris
Chris
9 months ago

In May when spain will fail again the majority of comments are going to be like we knew it, she didn’t have the best song she was an amazing dancer but she didn’t have the song. People are bored of bops without meaning and copycat artists.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Copycat? You mean after Cyprus and others send Latin songs we now have a proper Latin artist showing other wannabies how its done?

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris

If it comes handy for you, I’ll already call Spain won’t finish on the left-hand side of the scoreboard. But still all that drama about Chanel is nothing but crazy. Her song might not be very original or extraordinarily good, but it’s enjoyable and her performance is top-notch.

Most of Spain’s entries in recent years were worse and didn’t face such a backlash. So even if some Spanish voters might (understandably) be unhappy with the outcome, they should take a chill pill and relax. Chanel definitely isn’t going to disgrace Spain, that’s for sure.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Um, Did you completely forgot about Manuel Navarro?

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

No, but the way I remember it, not even back then the outcry was as big and loud.

Also, I’d like to point out that if Spaniards survived him, they won’t need to worry about Chanel. 😉

Last edited 9 months ago by Nils
Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
9 months ago

For me it is okay that Chanel won ….and I still think it is the best act for the ESC (even Chanel is only the no. 3 in my top). My no. 1 was Tanxuveira and runner up was Rigoberta Bandini. Whatever ….for 2023 I recommend that the 2 juries and the public are equal with 33,33 % vote. That would reduce the risk of manipulation by the 5-head jury.

Last edited 9 months ago by Lollipopmonster
americata
americata
9 months ago

but wait, there were no 2 juries. They weight jury/public was balanced. It was a jury 50% and the popular vote divided 50/50 into a demoscopic pool and the rest of voters. And this was a good idea to prevent (like it happened in the past with Chikilicuatre for ex) massive votes of interest for an specific act. Demoscopic vote represents diferent age, likes, professions, geography, etc… To me this is more valid than the sms, or calls. Still, that professional jury on site could be maybe larger, maybe have more weight from foreign professionals….

NickC
NickC
9 months ago

Just make all judges international ESC people. With no Spanish connections, whatsoever.

Jim
Jim
9 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Yeah just put William and Deban on every jury.

Thomas Sturley
9 months ago

Tbh if I were a Spanish artist an I saw how Chanel was being treated I wouldn’t want to compete in Benidorm myself…

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago

We are not only complaining about the fact that Tanxus where robbed. We don’t like the hypersexualized lyrics of Chanel’s song, the way it depicts women as sexual objects, the fact that the lyrics use more english than what was authorized at Benidorm Fest (not more than 35% of the lyrics could be in english). This was the song the Miami industry wants to represent Spain, but it does not represent Spain or the majority of the spanish audience. I feel sorry for Chanel, but she decided to take part in this and knows that she ain’t the legitimate winner.… Read more »

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

So a woman cant be sexual or what?

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

If you consider that a song that proposes using rich men sexually or having sex with tons of men at discos is empowering and helps with women’s equality… I’m sure the girls that have a normal physical appearance will feel happy with the song. Just dance, show your booty, get men to bed and you are a real women. Is that what you are defending?

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

So she sings about seducing men? If a man would sing the same stuff about women you wouldn’t mind it would you? You saying women should be this or this while being judgmental to those who are not like that is even more harmful. Feminism is about acknowledge and allowing women o be the way they want to be. If she wants to be sexual let her. If she wants to be shy let her. If she wants to be a psychopath who can¨t feel anything let her.But however she acts it is not your job to judge her, in… Read more »

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

No. You got it wrong. If a man was singing about seducing women, most people here will say it’s perpetuating sexist stereostypes. Feminism is not about having sex with tons of guys. There are women around the world suffering real oppresion from men. Women being forced to have sex for money… We all know that all the girls that have sex with daddys do it because they really enjoy it and not just because of the money they can get… There are better things that my country can promote in Eurovision. Cause

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

The lyrics isnt about selling yourself but about seducing men using your body. Which is how some women seduce. And even if it was about selling so what? Who are we to judge? Feminism is about letting women do what they want without men judging them.

Pancake
Pancake
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

Tl;dr: you can’t support a sex-positive, self-confident and assertive woman just because it beat your favorites.

Seriously, we all heard this story before ?

Last edited 9 months ago by Pancake
Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

How on earth can be a sex positive song if it compares women with cars and propose to go and search for rich men to take them to bed? Just go and search for sugar daddys if you are a pretty girl? Women are capable of going through life without relying on their physical appearance. If we defend messages that rely on sex and physical appearance for women to get what they want… No feminist message here. Maybe the problem is that you didn’t undestand the lyrics…

Ellie
Ellie
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

Wanna talk about the fact that you only support feminism when women behave in what you consider a respectable manner? Or the way you could cut and paste your “does not represent Spain” comments with lots of ugly ones from years past? Word for word what I saw thrown at Manizha or Jeangu.

You don’t have to like the song, you don’t have to like your winner, you can have concerns with the process, but please: “We ain’t stupid.”

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ellie

Sorry for not liking a song that compares women with cars and says that women must go to discos in Miami to have sex with rich mature men… If that’s your definition of feminism, you are a little confused, to say the least… Besides that, the lyrics are written in spanglish in a way most normal people don’t talk… I ain’t asking for lyrics like a Cervantes book, but these song lyrics are awful… You ain’t spanish and obviously feel like we must like crappy lyrics that are common in latinamerican reggaeton… We are talking about the song my country… Read more »

Pancake
Pancake
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

Just to make your argument more meaningless, You do realize it that WAP was written by two BIPOC women, right? Who’s to say a woman can’t be both self-confident and sex positive.
Also, you do realize that by saying those things, you are disregarding or devaluing female sex workers who entered that industry on their own terms, right? Even if they entered that kind of business, they still deserved respect. You saying a woman should be this or that kinda makes you look like a huge hypocrite.

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

I don’t care about other songs… We are talking about Eurovision. A supposedly family friendly event where we want to promote good values of peace, love and tolerance. This not a festival to promote women having sex with daddys… And obviously you know little about sex industry… Most of them are forced to work in that industry. If you consider that it’s so good… What are you doing that you don’t work as a sex worker?

Adrián
Adrián
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

Dude, feminism is literally about women having freedom to choose how to live their lives without being judged just because they are women.
Nobody is going to judge a man if he sings about going to Miami to have casual sex with girls, but here you are judging a woman for that very same thing. Harry Styles had a hit with a song about eating p**sy but heeeeyyy how a woman dares to sing about driving daddies locos with her booty! Gimme a break, dude.

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Adrián

If I was british I won’t be happy to take Harry Styles singing that lyrics. Eurovision music shouldn’t be the same crappy music they sell to drunk youngsters dancing at 3 am at a disco… There must be quality in the lyrics, voice, performance, choreography… It’s a sum of different ingredients… I want to go to bed with Miami rich men is not quality lyrics, no matter the way you try to put it…

Timi
Timi
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

And what about Fuego? Everyone here loves Fuego and no one was complaining about the “hypersexualized” lyrics. In the song Chanel is saying “here I am, look at me” while she seduces someone she likes. Is that concept that harming? Come on! I’m pretty sure you voted the terf. :’) So I’m glad that white hegemonic “feminist” didn’t win. I prefer Chanel having fun that a lady talking about cis, white tits.

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Timi

Lyrics of Fuego are not my favorite either but we ain’t talking about somebody selling their bodies for money…

Timi
Timi
9 months ago
Reply to  Lazarus

She’s not selling her body. She’s saying she’s charming all the guys with her moves. The lyrics are not that complex, come on! XD It’s so fake to complain about her lyrics when Rigo was just singing about tits while making (bad) references to art. At least Chanel is not pretending to be intelectual.

Lazarus
Lazarus
9 months ago
Reply to  Timi

I’m sure nobody voted her cause of her sexy body… Come on. If she was physically average she won’t be there. It’s a prefabricated song with a hot girl talking about sex… She dances great, but as a singer we can’t judge her cause most of the song is prerecorded voices. Nothing new. If you like that kind of products is licit, but I prefer other kind of songs, both lyrically and in terms of style… I prefer excellent singers rather than artists with superb dancing skills, but I understand that the new generations are not musically educated to appreciate… Read more »

Allaine
Allaine
9 months ago

Ridiculous, they have their best entry since 2014

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

We need to point out that most of those reactions came from locals and not fans. BenidormFest went beyond Eurovision here.
Celebrities, general media, Politicians.. were and they are still talking about it.

I wish Jordi or Luis could give the whole picture and feel that we have here.
It’s beyond fandom

Last edited 9 months ago by Alex
Mary M.
Mary M.
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

True, it’s practically everywhere; social networks, online newspapers, the radio, television…

Efraim
Efraim
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

In the lead-up to the Benidorm Fest, politicians have shamelessly tried to approppriate Tanxugueiras (mostly regional Galician leaders, up to and including Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the president of the region himself) and Rigoberta Bandini (most notoriously the Minister of Equality Irene Montero). It’s kind of pitiful that these people always have to poke their noses into everything to prop themselves up. On another note, there are reports coming out of Galicia today that a regional telecommunications company offered to assume the costs of the SMS messages and phone calls their customers sent to vote for Tanxugueiras. Doesn’t such a blatant… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Efraim
Mary M.
Mary M.
9 months ago

As a Spanish fan, this is breaking my heart. I am really worried for Chanel because this situation is mentally draining, and in fact, I have seen her crying on television more than singing and having fun on stage. What is done is done, BenidormFest is over, and the race towards Turing has already started. If things have been fishy, RTVE should clear it up so that this situation does not stain the selection next year. Chanel won her semifinal, and she was in the TOP3 in all of the voting categories, that’s it, she is our chosen representative, and… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Mary M.
Carmen
Carmen
9 months ago

I don’t know if you’re missing this point on purpose or not, but one of the main reasons why so many people are upset is the weird disparity between the public vote (1st) and the “professional” jury vote (5th) for Tanxugueiras. The combined votes of 5 people made it impossible for the people’s favourite to win. There’s also strong indications (by one of the BF’s host) that international juries gave them high scores, while the spanish juries gave them low scores. The people want to know who voted for who, which is more than fair. Don’t make it look just… Read more »

Jack
Jack
9 months ago
Reply to  Carmen

Juries are not there to vote like the public. They vote based on different criteria.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Exactly! If a jury votes exactly the same as the audience there is no need to have it!

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

And if juries are eliminated from ESC, we go right back to the whole “voters are too biased, why aren’t there juries?” issue.

Danny
Danny
9 months ago
Reply to  Carmen

Y’all were the same group of people that sent Chikilicuatre and Almaia to Eurovision, your point?

now that i see the light
now that i see the light
9 months ago

What a basic song oh my gosh please stop going crazy when you see a dancing woman… They robbed 2 original songs which could make better and Spanish people are not quilty for that. Of course they have right to protest this result
And you Eurofans outside Spain , you keep overrating this now but later you will see another dancing woman and forget about this in May and Spain will be 24th again

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now that i see the light
now that i see the light
9 months ago

Most of the voters (millions of the voters) are not even Eurovision fans , they will hear the songs that night.. ”Terra” and ”Ay Mama” were original and would attract the attention of a first time listener. But this basic pop song will repeat a ”La Venda”
And all those people didn’t even care about Chanel when the songs came out , then everybody went crazy after the live show because all they need is to see a dancing woman with a cheesy song so they could say ”sLaY QuEen”

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
9 months ago

“Most of the voters (millions of the voters) are not even Eurovision fans , they will hear the songs that night”

For the record, casual listeners/watchers count as fans, who deserve just as much respect as you or me.

now that i see the light
now that i see the light
9 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

Of course they are but what i meant was different… I was talking about the first impression

musica
musica
9 months ago

Spotify charts in Spain: 2. Rigoberta, 24. Tanxugueiras, 77. Chanel.
Youtube charts: 1. Rigoberta 2. Tanxugueiras 5. Chanel

These numbers never lie. People just don’t really like the song. Usually the winner gets a boost in streams, so Chanel’s numbers would probably be even lower otherwise. Of course this doesn’t justify threats and insults, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t really bode very well for her chances in May.

Jack
Jack
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

It means nothing, Mahmood didn’t win the televote and got death threats because of his background, reminds you of something?

musica
musica
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Yeah, but Mahmood went to the top of the charts immediately after Sanremo. The jury helped the Italian public a little in appreciating a great song. There’s always controversy on the internet, but streaming numbers don’t lie.

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

The jury helped Mahmood A LOT and I don’t see people complained too much.

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

So irrelevant, Spain needs points from INTERNATIONAL audience, not the local one. So many songs have been hits in local markets while doing little in Eurovision.

musica
musica
9 months ago
Reply to  gea

Of course there’s always local tastes and politics involved, but in the end a great song is a great song. I’m not saying that Rigoberta would have done better in Turin (don’t think so) but apparently Slomo isn’t a song that people would like to hear again.

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

How many Eurovision songs are people willing to hear again after Eurovision? Not too many so it is not really a relevant criteria. The point is Spain needed an entry to bring them out of bottom 5 and SloMo sounds like an entry that can do it.

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  gea

Spanish fans, you are wasting your time hitting minuses on Wiwibloggs, Chanel is still singing for you in Torino so chill.

musica
musica
9 months ago
Reply to  gea

These likes and dislikes always change depending on which faction of the fans have found their way to Wiwibloggs 🙂 It’s a bit childish, really. I’m just pointing out the dry numbers, not much to argue about that.

Alex
Alex
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

Mahmood won jury in Sanremo because of his song.
Chanel won it because of her performance.
Both could work, but I see it as 2 very different scenarios

Rubén
Rubén
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

Chanel jumped today from 77 to 17 in Spotify, the biggest jump today. I guess us locals in Spain are enyoing the song despite the eurodrama…

Terra jumped to 6, Rigoberta is still 2nd. I’m pretty sure they both feel like winners and are very proud as they should (unlike the mad raging public on Twitter).

Timi
Timi
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

A llorar a la calle de la llorería.

rainer1
rainer1
9 months ago

These discussions happen every year. Chanel was just lucky that tangxu and rigoberta neutralized each other

INNA FOR ROMANIA EUROVISION
INNA FOR ROMANIA EUROVISION
9 months ago

When she will be in top 3, the spanish people (not all): °?° °_°

Kinga
Kinga
9 months ago

I totally understand Spanish fans. Last year my country was over dramatic after Polish broadcaster chose Rafal to represent Poland. People were angry and talked s*it about him, only because they were robbed from a chance to actually choose somebody who they like.

BUT ‘The Ride’ wasn’t good. Neither the song, nor the singer. Spain has Chanel and she is really good!!!! She wasn’t my winner but still she slays. And she won’t definately bring shame on Spain.

Good luck Spain!

Lorena
Lorena
9 months ago
Reply to  Kinga

Thanks for the empathy. Not much around here lately.

Cviti97
9 months ago

Off topic question: why did Poland climb to 3rd in odds? Were the songs revealed or something?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
9 months ago
Reply to  Cviti97

Daria’s song Paranoia (one of the Polish national final entries) has a lot of hype among Polish people. 10 million YouTube views in just 3 months. That might be why.

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Mimi
Mimi
9 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Nobody in the Polish fandom really cares about Daria. The leak of part of Ochman’s song caused it

Kinga
Kinga
9 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I am not sure. She was the first artist to know and still for the past months Poland was on the 13th spot.

Kinga
Kinga
9 months ago
Reply to  Cviti97

Interesting… Maybe there is some leak of Krystian’s song? he was supposed to reveal his entry this week.

Bart
Bart
9 months ago
Reply to  Kinga

I also think the hype is more about krystian Ochmann

rainer1
rainer1
9 months ago
Reply to  Cviti97

hehe. Switzerland was meanwhile on 1.

3art
3art
9 months ago
Reply to  Cviti97

it’s because of Ochman’s song. There was a leak today. The song is really good. Similar to Duncan and Switzerland last year. His voice sounds great.

Kinga
Kinga
9 months ago
Reply to  3art

is it still somewhere?

Apollo
Apollo
9 months ago

This is hilarious. Spanish eurofans are quickly killing their chance at a successful Benidorm Fest next year, nobody with common sense will want to participate if this is the way they’re treating the artists. I hope they have a successful result with Chanel, but after this year I won’t bother paying attention to Spain’s participation at Eurovision, the Spanish eurofans are simply too toxic.

Anyway, I genuinely feel sorry for Chanel. The Spanish eurofans ONLY had a problem with the voting system AFTER Chanel wins, how hypocritical.

Joselito
Joselito
9 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

As a matter of fact it’s not the fans but all those who don’t give a sh*t

Bart
Bart
9 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

50% of the jury vote was in forehand too much power of 5 persons. This must be changing in the format of next Benidorm. Make it more jury or less impact.

Maybe the jury was concerned about some others if they won, they really wanted Spain to so well this year I think. Chanel is safe choice.

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Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Bart

No, no group needs to have advantage over the other. That is not how it works. If we want balance then 50/50 is the absolute fairest way

Kosey
Kosey
9 months ago

How not to run a voting process…….did RTVE actually consult with anyone beforehand?

The only logical thing now is to publish the individual votes of the jurors. That will once and for all determine whether we need to be worried or if this can all blow over. Chanel deserves to know that she won legitimately.

Bart
Bart
9 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Yes and no, Yes maybe you can see weither the results where honest fair , No because it still can be a opinion of the jury to say who the jury liked and disliked

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
9 months ago

Tanxugueiras SHOULD of won handily. It is just the Spanish establishment and broadcaster trying to whitewash any form of local or regional culture from taking centre stage. Jurors voted against Tanxugueiras because the song was in Galician.

Completely disgusting and embarrassing.

noone
noone
9 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Ok, but Chanel is Cuban, no? They didn’t whitewash her. And you can’t really whitewash a Galician singers, because they are white. LOL I like Tanxugueiras too, but it would flop very hard at Eurovision. Look at Poland 2019 (Tulia – Fire of love). This kind of music doesn’t work well at ESC. Maybe for ex-Yugo countries who vote for each other, but definitely not for Spain. Chanel at least has a decent chance.

Liis
Liis
9 months ago
Reply to  noone

Doesn’t work well? Ukraine 2021 did very well. Tanxugueiras would have fit the arena vibe so well.

Aleks
Aleks
9 months ago
Reply to  Liis

You can’t compare Go_A to Tanxu at all. Shum was a rave song, Terra is very different to it. It’s more comparable to Poland’s entry because it’s multiple women singing at least, even though that’s not a fair comparison either. In the end, the jury was right that Tanxu wouldn’t have done anything at Eurovision. I personally wanted Rigoberta to win, but Chanel is a great second choice. We’ve just never seen a performance at that level on Eurovision. The choreographer really knows his stuff, and the song is super polished. It’s a top 5 easily. You can say what… Read more »

gea
gea
9 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

If RTE didn’t want a song like Terra at Benidorm Fest they wouldn’t have shortlisted Terra in first place.

noone
noone
9 months ago

Haha that’s cute. In Slovenia we have every year juries choosing 2 finalists. One of the most obvious was head of jury Darja Svajger giving Omar Naber 12 points. She is his vocal coach and she gave him 12 points because he “sang so well”.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
9 months ago
Reply to  noone

The fact is that he effectively sang well. But the song was complete crap :’)

Escvegi
Escvegi
9 months ago

My problem is the injustice made by the “professional” Jury. Every year Juries were killing the ethical and traditional or out of the box songs also while being fan favourites. Just remember Keeino, GO_A, Electric Fields, Hadrid mun Sigra and now Tanxugueiras. It’s sad and opens the discussion about the juries and their well being even more.

Timi
Timi
9 months ago

Let’s be honest about some things: 1) The best full package belonged to Chanel. Tanxugueiras and Rigoterfa had the songs, Rayden and Blanca had precious staging, but Chanel had the full package and that’s just undeniable. I hate that type of music but I just CANNOT stop looking at her performance. She’s hypnotic and the staging/song/choreography/performer/voice just created something balanced and absolutely entertaining. I’m in love with this entry; it’s amazing. 2) Tanxugueiras, as I said, had the song, but they lacked a proper show. Their performance was chaotic and didn’t fit with the spirit of the song. Sadly that’s… Read more »

Impero rodri
9 months ago
Reply to  Timi

Finally right and decent comment

Timi
Timi
9 months ago
Reply to  Timi

It’s about a balance, in my opinion; that’s what I meant when I said “full package”. The song it’s not the best, as I said, but the rest of the performance makes the song far more enjoyable, a fantastic show. So yeah, you’re right, but I keep what I said.

Tanxugueiras were a huge mess and the song was harmed for it. The final result wasn’t a fair winner.

And before someone tells me “this is a song contest”, no (?). This is a show contest inside a television show. Time to accept it and move on.

Timi
Timi
9 months ago
Reply to  Timi

Nothing against you either; I love Tanxus’ song and I’m loving all their songs. We just disagree about the performance and I think it’s valid. Let’s be friends (?). I just think Tanxus won the televote for another reason (more than valid; the possibility of sending to ESC a song in another official language, gallego y las frases en el resto de las lenguas cooficiales. No sé cómo decirlo en inglés jajaja) and I really hope they come back (with Rayden please!! Averno is a bangerrr) with a more powerful package. The only person I truly despise in this situation… Read more »

Alo
Alo
9 months ago

On one hand Chanel won fair and square and they should accept it. But on the other hand tanxugueiras lost probably just because three Spanish jurors gave them very low points and it’s very frustrating and I can’t blame them on it.

Pearli
Pearli
9 months ago

No surprise here. I’ve been watching Eurovision since 2012 and it’s normal to see Spanish fans freaking out when they didn’t like the results. This year is no exception.

Anthony
Anthony
9 months ago

What would’ve happened if jury, demoscopic jury, and televote had equal share of votes: SloMo (21) (8+7+6) [Overall the best choice for Eurovision] Ay mama (20) (7+6+7) [Was also great, but message is somewhat confusing] Terra (19) (3+8+8) [My personal fav, but suffered from poor staging] Calle de la lloreira (13) (5+4+4) [Decent, but not that great] Secreto de agua (11) (6+2+3) [Okay, but average, like last year’s Spanish entry] Raffaella (10) (2+3+5) Eco (7) (4+1+2) Quien lo diria (7) (1+5+1) Basically, the exact same results. However, it was a very strong NF. Hopefully, Chanel will get a top 15… Read more »

Rigo Txangu
Rigo Txangu
9 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

15th won’t be enough. TVE make her a villain, or she wins or she can move to miame

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

I expected this to happen if Chanel won, Spanish eurofans are too toxic and childish at times. I just hope she can handle everything properly and have a good time in Turin, she deserves it! 🙂

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

Off-topic here: Finland’s weekly charts were updated yesterday and both the singles and the radio airplay charts showed interesting changes regarding UMK entrants. In the singles chart, Bess rose to #1, while Younghearted debuted at #3, followed by The Rasmus at #4 and Isaac Sene at #13. Olivera, Cyan Kicks and Tommi Läntinen are yet to be featured in this list. On the other hand, on the radio airplay chart, Isaac Sene debuted at #25, while Bess (last week’s hot shot debut) dropped to #58 from #24 and the rest of UMK’s line-up reported the following changes: * Cyan Kicks… Read more »

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Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

So BESS could be regarded as a slight favorite to win for now? Interesting … didn’t expect that.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Yeah, I think she can be regarded as such atm

Sebastian
Sebastian
9 months ago

Queridas(os) españolas(es) (Dear spanish people) (sorry by the capitals) STOP YOUR FREAKING CHILDISH! You are well known for being stubborn, but she is not guilty that jury chose her and you are not gonna start a telenovela for anything that you didn’t like it. That stupid latin attitude for being braggart by stupid things. Don’t start with the ‘intellectual’ attitude of the message and so forth if in Eurovision NOBODY gets the message of songs. It’s just if the song catched you during the three minutes of presentation. Rigoberta got it, but it was a very local message; Rayden got… Read more »