Cristiano Magliolo, one of the Italian commentators made some impolite comments about Spanish representative, Chanel. During the Grand Final, Magliolo called Chanel “a cheap Jennifer Lopez”. Not only that, the RAI commentator also added that the Slo Mo singer “was good to go to the beach in summer but there is only one Jennifer Lopez!”. Magliolo made these comments during the recap of the songs in the Eurovision Grand Final.
According to the rules, Eurovision commentators should remain neutral during the broadcasting of the show. It is against the rules to try to influence the public against an entry. It was thus a matter of time before the fans found out about these comments. Fans have expressed their discontent with Magliolo through social media. The pressure mounted to the point that Magliolo was forced to apologize.
Italian commentator apologizes
After the negative reactions, RAI commentator Cristiano Magliolo was forced to apologize. The commentator spoke in La Vita In Diretta where he said he never meant to offend Chanel with his comments:
When I said “cheap Jennifer Lopez” I meant she is ‘like a little Jennifer Lopez’. It wasn’t an offense but I apologize. (…) However, I apologize, I’m always ironic. But I didn’t influence anyone, they had already voted.
The Spanish fans made a tragedy of it. They did not understand the irony of my comments. I honestly gave judgments I believed in, always seasoned with a few jokes. The commentator continued. Furthermore, he joked about himself “always going to discount stores” where he finds nice things even if they are often imitations of more famous brands.
— La Vita in diretta (@vitaindiretta) May 16, 2022
Chanel represented Spain in Turin with her song Slo Mo. She finished in third place with 459 points. This marks Spain’s best result in Eurovision since 1995.
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