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Spain's Chanel at the Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022, Galleria Grande, La Venaria Reale
Spain's Chanel at the Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022, Galleria Grande, La Venaria Reale
Photo: EBU / Corinne Cumming

How Eurovision glory got restored to Spain in 'SloMo'

At the top of the scoreboard at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, 'SloMo's great result for Spain was very well received and considered long overdue by many. We take a look at some of the many highs that Chanel achieved for Spain at this year's Contest.

Chanel performing SloMo, representing Spain at the 2022 Eurovision Song ContestEBU / Corinne Cumming

2022 saw Spain receive its best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1995, when Anabel Conde finished in second place with the song Vuelve Conmigo.

SloMo is the highest scoring Spanish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest of all time, with 459 points received.

La Reina: ChanelEBU / Corinne Cumming

If you added up all of the points received by Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest from 2009 to 2021, it would still be below Chanel’s points tally of 459 in 2022.

SloMo gave Spain its first Top 10 finish at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2014, and its first Top 5 finish since 1995.

Chanel preparing for her second rehearsal, backstage at the PalaOlimpicoEBU / Andres Putting

In 61 participations at the Eurovision Song Contest, SloMo by Chanel becomes the eighth time Spain has finished in the Top 3.

To find Spain’s previous third-place finish at the Eurovision Song Contest, we have to go all the way back to 1984, when Bravo managed a bronze medal for the country with the song Lady Lady.

“…let’s go”EBU / Corinne Cumming

Spain received at least one point from every country at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, except for host country Italy. Italy’s jury ranked SloMo in 18th place, while the Italian viewers ranked it 12th.

Prior to 2022, the last time Spain received 12 points from a jury at the Eurovision Song Contest was at the 2016 Contest, when Italy gave its 12 to Say Yay! By Barei.

For the first time in its participation history, Spain received the most sets of 12 points from the national juries (tied with the United Kingdom), with eight sets of maximum points.

Team Chanel at the Eurovision Opening Ceremony – Galleria Grande – La Venaria RealeEBU / Corinne Cumming

Despite the third-place finish, SloMo is currently the second-most viewed Grand Final performance on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. As of now, the performance is on over 19 million views, compared to the winning song Stefania’s 21 million views.

In just a few months, SloMo by Chanel has gone on to become Spain’s second-most streamed Eurovision Song Contest entry on Spotify. In numbers, it’s currently still behind Mocedades’ runner-up from 1973, Eres Tú.

Spain reacts to (yet another) 12 points at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming

SloMo is the first Spanish Eurovision entry to top Spain’s official singles chart since another song that incorporated high-octane choreography into its performance: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with Baila El Chiki Chiki in 2008.

Chanel brought in the ratings at home. 6.8 million viewers on average watched in Spain, up 86% from 2021, and the Contest’s highest TV audience in Spain since 2008.

On 17 May, Chanel received a letter from King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, congratulating her on her result and performance at the Contest.

📺 Watch: Chanel performing SloMo at the Eurovision Grand Final

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