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The best memes after Spain’s Eurovision disaster

Poor Manel Navarro. Spain’s Eurovision hopeful not only managed to come last in Saturday’s final but he has become the laughing stock of the nation after failing to reach the high notes during his performance.

The best memes after Spain's Eurovision disaster
Manel Navarro has been compared to a rooster after failing to hit the high notes.

The 20 year-old singer from Catalonia, who styles himself as a surfer dude and writes his own songs and music, failed to break Spain’s terrible record at Eurovision producing instead an ear-popping moment during the live performance in Kiev when reached the chorus crescendo of “Do it for my lover”.

READ ALSO: Meet Manel Navarro, Spain's hopeful for Eurovision 2017.

His strangled rendition has become an internet sensation as the butt of a million jokes, most of which involve cockerel comparisons.

Here is a selection of the best:

But chickens were not the only farmyard animal that drew comparison.

The high-pitched refrain was also likened to the sound that could be made by a mandrake, the plant in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that emits a deafening screech that can be fatal to those that hear it.

Or the sort of sound that makes young children cry… 

It was the fifth time in Eurovision history that Spain has come last, although Manel’s entry did manage to escape the stigma of nul points, securing a solid ‘five’ instead.

Next year's Eurovision will be held in Lisbon thanks to the win by 27-year-old Portuguese entry, Salvador Sobral.

Tweeting from his own account after the competition ended, Navarro did show that he may not have a great singing voice, but he can at least take a joke. 

READ ALSO: Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision

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Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision

As the Eurovision final approaches it's time to swot up on some facts about Spain's history in the most celebrated singing contest in the world. From false starts to Franco, here is The Local's list:

Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision
Arguably Spain's feakiest Eurovision act, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, dancing the Chiki Chiki. Screen grab: YouTube

1) False starts

Only three times in the 60 year history of Eurovision has an act been allowed to start their performance again and two of these were Spanish. 

In 1990 Spanish sisters Azucar Moreno (Brown Sugar) opened the show and it was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The backing track was not started in time so the sisters came out onto the stage only to look at each other in confusion before storming off stage. They did eventually reemerge and managed a respectable fifth place with their flamenco-inspired song, Bandido. 

Ten years later another Spanish act had to perform again after his performance was disrupted by a notorious Spanish streaker. Daniel Dignes was halfway through his song Algo Pequeñito when Jaume Marquet Cot, better known as Jimmy Jump, stormed the stage.

2) A little help from Franco

Massiel, who beat none other than British crooner Cliff Richard to win the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest with her snappily titled hit La, la, la in which she repeated the word 'la' no less than 138 times.

But suspicions arose that Massiel had received support from a rather unlikely Eurovision fan, none other than Spanish dictator, General Francisco Franco.  A 2008 Spanish documentary claimed Franco bought votes so Spain could win Eurovision, thus improving the country’s image abroad. He promised to buy other countries’ television programmes if they voted for Spain. The claims were rubbished by Massiel, who said she won because her song was better. 

3) One hit wonders fail to make a comeback

Remember The Ketchup Song? The nauseatingly unforgettable hit played none stop during the summer of 2002 and went on to be, amazingly, one of the biggest selling singles of all time. Well, the group behind the hit, Spanish sisters Las Ketchup, decided to enter Eurovision in 2006 hoping to replicate the success of their earlier condiment-based tune. Unfortunately, by 2006 European audiences preferred masked Finnish trolls (Lorde) than Europop stars and Las Ketchup came in 21st place with their song Un Blodymary. 

4) Champions of nul points

Spain has the dubious honour of being one of the countries to receive the most nul points in the history of Eurovision.

Nul points hall of fame: 

1962: Victor Balaguer – Llámame (Call me) 

1965: Conchita Bautista – Que bueno, que bueno (How good, how good) 

1983: Remedios Amaya – ¿Quién maneja mi barca? (Who is sailing my boat?) 

1999: Lydia – No quiero escuchar (I don't want to listen) 

5) Freaks and gimmicks

Every country occassionally disregards singing ability and submits a “comedy” entry and Spain is definitely no exception. 

Baila el Chiki Chiki from a man toting a fake Elvis quiff, lenseless glasses and a kiddie's plastic guitar, has to be one of the strangest songs in Spain's, if not Europe's, Eurovision history. 

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