Eurofans will not rest. We ended up in an unheard of and worthy third place, which was unthinkable in the last two decades. But the journey has not been without drama. More recently, Mahmoud (in sixth place for Italy) lamented in the Italian edition of Rolling Stone: “These days I was on Twitter. The Spaniards are mad at us, I don’t know what we’ve done.” Two days ago, according to the news, a Twitter user attempted to explain “why Spanish Eurofans are helping to destroy Chanel’s candidacy” in a thread that was widely retweeted, commented on and reflected in various media. The thesis was: Spanish eurofans, just as the old adage taught us that too much humility only leads to pride, too much enthusiasm only leads to siege.
A thread about why Spanish Eurofans are helping to destroy Chanel’s candidacy.
— Alex (@alex__mckenna) May 12, 2022
It was the night when Spain felt for the first time in years – perhaps since Ruth Lorenzo in 2014, who took it seriously – that we could go to Eurovision and not be ashamed. So it was. It wasn’t just like that. The fact is that the success of Chanel was a lesson for all Spaniards that we thought that our just reasons (feminism or territoriality) were more significant in Eurovision than a pure Chanel Terrero show, which we rejected at the first moment and which, through the networks, some did life is impossible. On the networks, many said: “This song does not represent Spain.” Well, Maneskin’s rock didn’t represent Italy too much either, and they were a miracle, the first Eurovision winners in decades to achieve planetary success (for several months they remained in the top 20 most listened to artists in the world on Spotify and The New York Times). He devoted a large report to them.
In any case, this discussion has already been overcome and the gala itself is covered in this other article. We’re here for something else: memes.
And it was the night when social media users felt that there were too many ballads. One setback: Eurovision ballads are more than welcome. Over the past decade, four ballads have won. It didn’t matter; the jokes about it were too good.
Even before the gala began, several artists supported Chanel. Many of those who came to Eurovision to represent Spain, such as Pastora Soler or Edurne, some of those who competed with her to take the stage tonight, such as Rigoberta Bandini, Javier Mena, and some foreigners, like Thalia, with nearly 10 million followers on Twitter, who posted a montage to the network that pairs moments of Chanel’s SloMo choreography with some of her own. But perhaps the loudest intervention, just hours before the start of the festival, was that of the official National Police Twitter account, which cheered Chanel up with the message: “If the haters [odiadores] They are trying to harden you like they did with #Chanel, don’t worry. Keep on living and be happy because hard work leads to success.” The best answer? It’s a boy named Daniel: “But if Spain doesn’t win Eurovision, can we file a complaint?”
The song from Romania, Call me, has been a favorite of Spanish Eurofans since the beginning and had an irresistible chorus in our language, if a child can be considered Spanish. Although he was ultimately disappointed with the results, he became one of the most popular topics on the network at the start of the night.
And among the most commented, of course, are the rants that Romania at some point was able to compete with us with a song performed in Spanish. Cultural appropriation? The memes said yes. I must admit that SloMo also has several languages, well, or more, well, a mixture of them.
The fact that Romania will surpass us in singing in Spanish, I really did not expect. #Eurovision
— Emilio Domenech (@Nanisimo) May 14, 2022
Of course, very soon “HOLA MI BEBEBÉ” became a popular theme in Spain. And probably no meme summed it up better than this one, which never fails: the one where the muscular dog looks at the crying dog.
And Chanel was perceived in the networks as that giant diva that we need in troubled times. This tweet by Paloma Rando, TV columnist for EL PAÍS, sums it up nicely:
The reaction to Chanel’s performance was almost unanimous applause and celebration. James Rhodes, that eye of Horus, who had come from England to observe the Spanish reality with equanimity, was alarmed. And forever.
Ollie Alexander, a pop idol and member of the Years & Years trio, also spoke about this. “Oh my God, Spain, that was amazing, Chanel!”
And political correspondent Tom Harwood wondered: “Is everyone in Spain so good?” (general answer: yes).
Even the official Eurovision profile wondered if Chanel’s choreography was the best in the festival’s history.
This is the best choreography in the history of #Eurovision… maybe 👀
– Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 14, 2022
Ukraine, favorites from the beginning due to the emotional voting and finally the winners, was one of those performances that evoke a response: like the song or not, it was inevitable to associate it with what is happening in their country, it is impossible not to be touched by this a union between frivolity and tragedy to see representatives of Ukraine (who have government permission to leave the country and be able to perform in Turin) rapping on stage. A snapshot of a Ukrainian Eurovision commentator who followed the gala concert from a bunker has been massively circulated on the network.
And in Spain, and on a more colorful note, a successful tweet compared one of its members’ outfit to one of the brushes at a car wash. Life itself. Drama and comedy.
Otherwise, some seasoned tweeters wanted to find a similarity between the face of the Azerbaijani singer and the face that is made when you step on wet ground with your toes.
And also between The Rasmus vocalist, representatives of Finland (and one of those times when a group with previous global success goes to Eurovision, they already did it last year Hoverphoonic for Belgium) and clown It.
And the award for the most experienced community manager of the evening? Peskanova, hunting for this opportunity on the fly.
Also between the Tanxugueiras, favorites of the Spanish public along with Rigoberta Bandini, who will take the place that Chanel occupied tonight, and the French representatives, whom some have dubbed “tanxugabachos” or “gabacheiras”.
A dedicated viewer of Eurovision, writer J. K. Rowling, commented in detail on the gala concert. Portugal’s performance is widely remembered: “I can still hum Portugal’s Eurovision 1992 candidate, Amor d’água fresca (I lived there at the time).
I can still sing Portugal’s Eurovision Song Contest 1992 “Amor d’água fresca” (I lived there at the time) 🇵🇹❤️
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 14, 2022
And there was humor with the hosts.
During the voting, the emotion of seeing Spain on the opposite side of its natural electoral seat over the past decades (positions 23 to 26) has made us especially creative.
Before #Eurovision: well, out of 30 countries, we were given a total of 4 points, not bad.
Now at Eurovision: LIKE ONLY 10 POINTS, BITCH
— Paula Pua (@pppua) May 14, 2022
But social networks were alarmed by the absence of Laura Pausini (she returned, to the calm of her followers, in the middle of a professional jury voting).
And they, with a wink, noted the LGBT community, which was a fan of the festival.
And finally, we were third. But in networks we always win. It’s impossible to lose in a meme. Laughing at the good and (especially) at the bad is one of those things that, like Spanish cheese, has a name of origin.
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