Cuban singer Chanel gives third place to Spain in a Eurovision 2022 that takes Ukraine

Cuban Chanel Terrero gave Spain third place in the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was ultimately dominated by Ukraine.

The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, mixing national folklore with rap and hip hop, took first place with 631 points with the song Stephanieconsidered a hymn to the resistance against the Russian invasion.

United Kingdom with Sam Ryder obtained 466 points for the second position, while Chanel got third place for Spain.

The Cuban artist got 459 points, of which 228 were from the televote. His is the best performance of the country in the contest in the last 27 editions of the event.

The result was predictable, as Ukraine appeared as the great favorite in the polls. The public had shown solidarity with the situation in that country, since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Scoreboard of the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022. Eurovision on Twitter

However, tonight from the Italian city of Turin, Chanel made the Spanish public dream of the coveted glass microphone, thanks to a “brutal” performance, with impeccable dancing and a performance full of strength.

The artist from Havana broke the score record for Spain, since to date the highest score received by the country in Eurovision had been for Mocedades in 1973, when the group reached 125 points and came in second place with the song “Eres tú” .

It is also the best performance by a participant from Spain since 1995, when Anabel Conde came second with the song “Vuelvemigo”.

Only five of 39 countries did not vote for Spain in the 2022 edition: Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Italy.

The Cuban made an overwhelming and incredible performance, anchored in representative elements of Spanish culture. The singer came on stage with a spectacular fan, a distinctive element of Spanish culture, and a beautiful bullfighter outfit inspired by that tradition.

Chanel, singer, dancer and actress with vast experience in Spanish theater and television, was moved to tears after her presentation: “I’m crying but from the emotion, it’s been incredible,” the artist stressed.

The young woman was chosen last January to represent Spain in the contest. To select its candidate for Eurovision, the Spanish contest uses a voting system distributed in half between a professional jury and the popular vote. The latter is shared equally between a demographic jury, made up of 350 people representing the Spanish population, and the so-called televote, (calls and SMS from viewers).

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