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© EBU, Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameChanel Terrero Martinez Born28 july 1991 Nationality Spanish National SelectionBenidorm Fest 2022 In Eurovision2022 Turin SongSloMo (2022) Biography Chanel Terrero, also known as Chanel, is a Spanish actress, singer and dancer. Chanel was born in Havannah. At the age of three her family moved to Spain, settling in Olesa de Montserrat (Barcelona). From the age of nine, she received singing and acting classes, and ballet classes according to the Royal Academy system.  In 2010 Chanel moved to Madrid to start her acting career. She became known throughout the 2010s participating in different musicals, highlighting some well-known ones such as “Mamma Mia!”, “Flashdance”, “The Bodyguard” and “The Lion King”. Her career knows numerous performances on the small and big screen nationally and internationally. In 2015 she participated in “El rey de La Habana” by Agustí Villaronga. As a dancer she has collaborated with different artists. In 2010, she danced with Shakira at the singer’s performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards. She was part of the dance corps of the program “Your face sounds to me” on Antena 3. She appeared at the castings for the musical West Side Story in Spain, being among the three finalists for the character of Anita. She was also among the five finalists for the same character in the new film version of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg. , for which she went to New York. She participated in the Benidorm Fest 2022, the Spanish final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “SloMo”. She managed to win the contest and thus represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. She became third. Entries SloMo Country Spain Year2022 Language English, Spanish LyricsIberê FortesLeroy SánchezMaggie Szabo MusicArjen ThonenIberê FortesKeith HarrisLeroy SánchezMaggie Szabo DancersPol SotoExon NarcosMaría PérezJosh HuertaRaquel Caurín Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 459Position: 3Running order: 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSQYTt4xg3I

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And this is what we know about the following order

Tonight, during the winners’ press conference, every artist had to draw a ballot for the final. Will they perform in the 1st or in the 2nd half? Last week, the Big 5 already had their draw. However, there is one exception. The organizing country, in this case Italy, had already drawn for the 9th place on an earlier stage. As you notice, most of the countries drew a place in the first half. That means, next Thursday there will be a lot of places available in the 2nd half. 1st half: Armenia France Germany Italy (9th place) Norway Portugal Spain Switzerland The Netherlands Ukraine 2nd half: Iceland Lithuania Moldova United Kingdom

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Day 8: Of good voices and proper acts from the Big Five!

It’s the end of the individual rehearsals every year: those of the Big Five. And every year it is the disappointment of a group of countries that seem to be unable to bring anything good to the stage. Last year there was already a noticeable change in this, but this year the countries really surprise! Rehearsals Big Five FRANCE: For the first time since 1996, the Breton language can be heard at the Eurovision Song Contest. Back then France finished at the bottom. That won’t happen now, but the act made quite a messy impression during rehearsals. The points will really have to come in thanks to the song and enthusiasm of Alvan and Ahez. ITALY: The performance of Italy, now that Blanco is around, is rather disappointing. This is mainly due to the poor vocals of both. Mahmood is dressed in black, Blanco in white and there is a lot of light. But that doesn’t help much if the vocals remain as bad as they are now. However, our friends from songfestivalweblog.nl remember that Mahmood did not excel during the rehearsals in 2019 either, but when it came to the jury final and the final, he really showed his best. Perhaps that will happen again three years later. UNITED KINGDOM: Sam Ryder stands amid scaffolding singing his song. And that is all he needs for this song. His strong voice seems to be enough for a very high score, something for which the British have to go way back. The British will also finally experience that you can end up high with a good song. SPAIN: We remember the act, in which singing and dancing are combined, from the Spanish national final. This usually has an effect on the singer’s voice. Not so with Chanel. Because with this performance she proves that she is more, much more than an average pop singer. Like the British, the Spaniards can look forward to the festival with confidence. GERMANY: With guitar and drum machine Malik Harris manages to show an act that is not bad at all. As far as vocals go, Malik continues to do well. The act is not directly in the top-5 with the bookmakers, and the song is perhaps just a bit too anonymous for that. One thing is certain: Germany is also out of the lower regions this year. Conclusion: unlike in previous years, the Big Five seem to be doing reasonably well this year and there is even a potential winner. Has Måneskin’s win brought new impetus to these five countries? Who’ knows…?

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Day 6: The Big Five

And then we have the Big Five; we hadn’t heard or seen anything about it until now. So today that has changed. FRANCE: Lots of green on stage with Alvan and Ahez’s French entry. The group members are dressed in black and gold. Eurovision.tv reports very solid bass. Lots of flashes of light and, to the beat of the song, Pyrotechnics can be seen coming from two pots on either side of the stage. ITALY: We see Mahmood, but instead of Blanco there is a stand-in. The grand piano plays a part in the act. Mahmood is dressed in a long black coat. He wears white sunglasses. Mahmood and hist stand-in (Blanco in the next rehearsal) are standing face to face. UNITED KINGDOM: Sam Ryder performs in a huge scaffold that appears to be made of steel. Lots of flashing light on Sam, who is wearing a black jumpsuit. Eurovision.tv praises the strong vocals of the sympathetic singer. SPAIN: Chanel wears a matador outfit, but entirely in silver. The song requires a lot of dancing and there is. Three men and two women, dressed in black, complete the dance act. GERMANY: Malik Harris is featured separately with just his guitar. He wears black pants and a white shirt. Only when the rap part can be heard, everything looks slightly different: according to eurovision.tv there is a big contrast with the rest of the act.

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UEFA 2020: 1st Semifinal

UEFA 2020, the European Soccer Championship, begins to look a little bit like Eurovision. Today is the first semifinal. However, there will be no 10 finalists, only one country gets through. This match is between two Southern European countries: Italy and Spain. And again we chose for duets; both are love songs. In 1989, Ana Oxa and Fausto Leali sang “Avrei voluto” (I would have wanted….) for Italy. In 2018 Amaya and Alfred sang “Tu canción” (Your song). One song about someone who doesn’t get the one he wants, the other one about someone who got wat he/she wants.  

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UEFA 2020: Quarter finals DAY 1

We are getting closer and closer to the final of UEFA 2020, the European Soccer Championship. Today we will have two quarter finals. The first match will be between Spain and Switzerland. In the sixties, both countries had a song with a double title. In 1965, Conchita Bautista brought the song “Que bueno, que bueno” for Spain. In 1969, Paola Del Medico sang “Bonjour, bonjour” for Switzerland.   For the second match, Belgium vs Italy, we look at duos. Belgium sent quite a few, but the most outstanding one was the duo Nicole & Hugo in 1973. Their song was “Baby, baby”, but they are particularly famous for… well have a look yourself. In 1985, Al Bano & Romina Power represented Italy. They had Europe wide fame already when they sang “Magic, oh magic”.  

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UEFA Eighth finals: DAY 3

It is already the 3rd day of the UEFA eighth finals. The first match of today is between Croatia and Spain. Both countries decided to celebrate with a song. Croatian Daria sang her song “Celebrate” in 2011, while Spanish Rosa sang “Europe’s living a celebration” in 2002. France meets Switzerland. These countries are united in one man: Jean Philippe. The French singer participated for both countries: in 1959 he defended the French colours with the song “Oui, oui, oui, oui”. In 1962 he came out for Switzerland with the song “Le retour”.

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UEFA 2020: DAY 13

It’s gonna be the last day of the first round today. Four matches will be played again. We can put the first two countries, Poland and Sweden, in only one song. In 2018, Poland was represented by Polish DJ Gromee and Swedish singer Lukas Meijer. They sang “Light me up” in a Polish/Swedish co-production. The second match will be between Slovakia and Spain. For both countries, we chose a ballad, sung by a duo. For Slovakia we chose for the 2009 contestants Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková and their duet “Leť tmou”. The Spanish song is a love duet from 2018: Amaia and Alfred sang “Tu canción”. Portugal will meet France tonight. Both countries most often sing in their native languages. So we decided to pick the exceptions. In 2008, Sebastien Tellier sang “Divine”. Only a few lines were in French, the biggest part in English. This year, the Portuguese band The Black Mamba sang it’s song “Love is on my side” in English. And we have the match between Hungary and Germany today. The city of Munich is not allowed to make a statement and colour the stadium in rainbow colours. That’s what UEFA decided. However, we don’t need UEFA’s permission. So we add Kati Wolf’s “What about my dream”; the 2011 Hungarian entry. It was the fan favorite, and we all know that a big part of the Eurovision fan base is at least very gay friendly! Even more clear was the German singer Lou in 2003 in her song “Let’s get happy”. Why? Well, just listen!

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UEFA2020: Day 9

And the European soccer Championship continues with day 9. We start with Hungary and France. Hungary, the country where the authorities consider LGBT+ as a crime. Well, Hungary, remember who and what you sent in 2009? Watch Zoli Ádok and his “Dance with me”. And we have France. We have Bilal Hassani’s “Roi” here. No explanation needed. The second match is between Portugal and Germany. In 1988, the Portuguese singer Dora sang “Voltarei”, which means “I’ll come back”. In 2000, the German singer Stefan Raab opened his entry “Wadde hadde dudde da” with  “He’s been to America and said: if I make it there I’m never gonna make it to Germany again. And tonight, here he is, back again”. Spain will meet Poland today. And although Spain won twice, there are a lot of successful second places for the country. We chose for Anabel Conde’s “Vuelve conmigo” from 1995. One year before that, Poland debuted, also with a second place. Poland has never done better so far, so watch and listen Edyta Gorniak’s “To nie ja!”.

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Blas Cantó

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameBlas Cantó Moreno Born26 april 1991 Nationality🇪🇸 Spanish National SelectionDestino Eurovisión 2011Internal selection (2020)Internal selection (2021) In Eurovision2020 Rotterdam (Cancelled)2021 Rotterdam SongUniverso (2020)Voy a quedarme (2021) Biography Blas Cantó is a Spanish singer, born in Ricote but raised in Molina de Segura. He was only eight years old when he won the Veo Veo festival, an important song contest, in his region. Two years later he competed again and reached the national final of Veo Veo. In 2004, he participated in the national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Blas Cantó became a member of the band Auryn in 2010. They reached fame when their version of the song “Umbrella” reached almost 20.000 views on Youtube in the first hours. Auryn took part in the 2011 national final for the Eurovision Song Contest and became 2nd. With Auryn, Cantó won the LOS40 Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards for best Spanish artist in 2013.  The band released a total of 6 studio albums. In 2016 the band split up. Blas Cantó participated in the show “Tu cara me suena” (Your face sounds familiar) right after leaving Auryn. He won the show.  In 2017, Blas Cantó released his first solo single “In your bed”, followed by hits like “Drunk and irresponsible” and “He is not me”. The latter was so far his greatest success, getting a gold and platinum record, with more than 51 million views on the official video clip on YouTube, and reaching the #1 spot in the Spanish Top 40. In september 2018, his album “Complicado” was released. In just 1 week of its release it reached # 1 in the best-selling albums in Spain. Blas Cantó would be the representative of Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Unfortunately, his song “Universo” couldn’t be sung in the contest, due to the cancellation of Eurovision. TVE announced him as the 2021 Spanish representative. Out of two songs, “Voy a quedarme” was chosen. Blas Cantó became 24th. The Eurovision participation was followed by a collaboration with the band Echosmith, a song called “Americana”. Entries Voy a quedarme Country Spain Year2021 LanguageSpanish Lyrics & MusicBlas CantóDan HammondLeroy SanchezDangelo Ortega BackingsAlba GilIrene AlmanDaira MonzónDaniel OrtegaHéctor Artiles Results Semi Points: – Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 6Position: 24Running order: 13 https://youtu.be/thV-vhOQHvQ Universo Country Spain Year2020 LanguageSpanish LyricsBlas CantóDan Hammond ComposersBlas CantóDan HammondDangelo OrtegaMaciej Mikolaj TrybulecAsh Hicklin Backings– Results Semi Points:Position:Running order: Results Finals Points:Position:Running order: https://youtu.be/zuDdex1st-Y

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