15 May, 2022 @ 11:54
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Spain ends Eurovision shame as Chanel comes in third behind Ukraine and UK

Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Final
euro140522 14 May 2022, Italy, Turin: Chanel from Spain sings the song "SloMo" at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). The international music competition is being held for the 66th time. The final will feature 25 songs from an original 40 musical entries. Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa

SPAIN has broken its tragic record as a Eurovision failure and come in third after a raunchy performance by Chanel with the reggaeton hit ‘SloMo’.

Chanel, whose selection was mired in controversy, won 231 points from the jury and 228 from the televote, which placed Spain in third spot overall.

The 31-year-old Cuban-born entertainer wore a revealing outfit styled on a bullfighter’s traja de luz and included other Spanish elements in her performance such as the iconic fan.

It is the best result since 1995 when Anabel Conde came second with the song ‘Vuelve Conmigo’.

The last time Spain won Eurovision was in 1969 with Salome’s Vivo Cantando. The year before, Massiel beat Cliff Richard when the competition was held in London’s Royal Albert Hall with the very repetitive song ‘La La La’.

Years later when secret state documents were declassified it emerged that dictator Francisco Franco had rigged the competition and bought votes to secure Spain’s win.

This year’s contest, which was held in Turin, was won by Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, in a symbolic show of public support following the country’s invasion by Russia.

The rap-folk band, who were given special permission to leave the war-torn country, soared to first place with 631 points.

They ended their performance in Turin with a plea: “Please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”

Sam Ryder came second for the UK, the country’s best result since 1998.

 Spain has said it would be very happy to host the competition if Ukraine is unable to next year.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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