España has spoken! Chanel will take 'SloMo' to the 66th Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Italy.
It’s been a hit-packed week of musical merit on the Mediterranean coast, as the Spanish seaside resort of Benidorm played host to the nation’s revamped national selection process for finding its Eurovision Song Contest entry.
The Grand Final of Benidorm Fest saw 8 acts compete for the ticket to Turin: Rayden, Tanxugueiras, Varry Brava, Rigoberta Bandini, XEINN, Gonzalo Hermida, Blanca Paloma and eventual winner Chanel.
In a hotly contested final, points were awarded all over the shop, with no clear winner appearing until the final round of scores. The International jury awarded the most points (51) to Chanel, while the most demoscopic points (30) and televote points (30) went to Tanxugueiras.
Benidorm Fest final results:
Chanel (96pts) ⭐️
Rigoberta Bandini (91pts)
Blanca Paloma (61pts)
Varry Brava (55pts)
Gonzalo Hermida (35pts)
Chanel – SloMo
Chanel is a singer, dancer, and occasional actress, born in Cuba and raised in Spain since she was four years old.
If SloMo sounds like an instant dance floor filler, there’s good reason: her songwriting team have worked with the likes of Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Serving the competition a double-threat of some top-notch choreography and hairography, few could argue that rising star Chanel didn’t do her utmost to bring her song to life on the Benidorm stage in the first semi-final, and delivered a winning performance at the grand final on Saturday night!
Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest
Spain debuted at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest and has returned to compete at every show since.
The Spanish have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1968 with Massiel’s La, La, La and again the following year in Madrid, thanks to Salomé's Vivo Cantando. This made them the first country to win twice in a row.
We’ll drink to that!
Un Bloody Mary, por favor.