Juice your mangoes and be sure to stretch: Spain’s Chanel is our readers’ favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Last week, after all 40 Eurovision 2022 acts completed their second rehearsals, we asked our readers to vote for their favourites. Over the six days we recorded a total of 24,472 votes.
Spain’s Chanel wins our Eurovision 2022 poll
The Spanish songstress earned 3,282 votes — or around 13.4% of all votes cast. She danced her way to the top with slick choreography that embodies empowerment and self-belief. She knows her powers and sings that she is always ready “to break hips, break hearts” and lets you know that her “boom boom” can get him going “zoom zoom” for her “yummy.” Don’t believe her? Then watch her move and “take a video – watch it slo mo, mo, mo…”
In second place we have the United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder, who earned 2,720 votes — or 11% of all those cast. The Essex-based star has turned the tide of negativity against Eurovision in his country. Standing in a three-piece structure that resembles a launch pad, he pays homage to Freddie Mercury, Elton John and David Bowie, while working his unrivalled falsetto and some very long golden locks. This song is all about appreciating what you already have. Why shoot yourself into space when everything important to you is already at home?
Rounding out our Top 3 is Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs with her pop-folk ballad “Hold Me Closer”.
She pleads with her beloved to hold her one last time before they split — a conscious but painful uncoupling that leaves our girl contemplating what it means to find the right one at the wrong time.
At the climax of her song everything pops off — expect smoke, lasers and a supercharged Cornelia letting those emotions flow.