Chanel won Benidorm Fest at the end of January with her upbeat song “SloMo”. Since then, the singer has released a video clip for the song, and will take a press tour all around Europe as she visits the preparties in (thus far) Amsterdam and Barcelona.
With the steady success of the song, Dutch newspaper BD reported that they had talked to the producer of the song, Arjen Thonen. Arjen revealed that he created “SloMo” for American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez! It was created with her in mind, but unfortunately she never responded to Arjen’s submission. Thus, the song was eventually given to Chanel for Benidorm Fest.
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Since their debut in 1961, with Conchita Bautista and ‘Estando contigo‘, the Iberian nation has participated in 60 consecutive contests. Only the United Kingdom has a longer unbroken streak. So far Spain has won the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. Firstly in 1968 with Massiel and ‘La la la‘ and the following year in the dramatic four-way tie, with Salomé and ‘Vivo cantando‘.
Last year Blas Cantó’s ‘Voy A Quedarme’ was selected to represent Spain for Eurovision 2021. This followed a song selection process between two songs performed on Destino Eurovision on RTVE. The choice was between ‘Memoria’ and ‘Voy A Quedarme‘, with the Spanish public ultimately choosing the latter. He was originally due to sing ‘Universo’ at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, before it was cancelled. However, Blas was later invited back by RTVE to perform at the 2021 contest.
As Spain are part of the “Big 5” that contribute the most to the EBU, Blas Cantó automatically performed in the Grand Final in Rotterdam. He ultimately finished in 24th, ahead of only the United Kingdom and Germany, with 6 points. Notably, Spain was one of four participating countries (along with the UK, Germany and the Netherlands) to receive zero points from the televote.
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