In the spotlight: Blas Cantó
In the spotlight: Blas Cantó Photo: (L) Laura Ortiz, (R) Javier González

In the spotlight: Blas Cantó

With his song, 'Universo', Blas Cantó was chosen to represent Spain in 2020. In light of the unfortunate cancellation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, we wish to highlight the impressive acts that were set to appear. This is 'In the spotlight', our feature honouring the artists that would have made up this year's edition of the world's largest live music event.

Just 2 weeks after confirming that the Spanish artist for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest would be chosen through an internal selection last September, public broadcaster RTVE announced that Blas Cantó would be their representative for Rotterdam.

Who is Blas Cantó?

Blas Cantó, born 26 October 1991, is one of the most influential musicians in the Hispanic pop music scene at the moment. He is a versatile artist, a perfectionist and a performer who thrives in front of a live audience. Blas currently has a hit solo album, Complicated, released in 2018. It is described as an intimate album that shows the personality of the young artist, mixing different genres of music to bring his signature sound to life.

Additionally, Blas was part of one of the most influential pop boy-bands in Spanish history, Auryn, with whom he released four albums and sold more than 14,000 copies. Blas won an award for best Spanish Artist at the MTV European Music Awards and has toured internationally.

Spain's Eurovision 2020 representative Blas CantóLaura Ortiz

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE released their entry for Eurovision 2020, Universo in January. The electropop song was composed by Blas, alongside Dan Hammond, Dangelo Ortega, Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec and Ash Hicklin, and was produced by Dan Hammond and Maciej Mikolaj. Universo was chosen for Rotterdam from 50 songs.

READ MORE: Blas Cantó's participant profile

After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Blas took to Instagram to confirm that he would remain the representative for Spain in 2021.

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LISTEN: Stream or download Universo via your favourite music service

Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest

Spain first appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 in Cannes and came back to every Contest since, becoming the country to participate the most number of times in a row since their debut without skipping an edition.

Spain won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1968 with the song La, La, La and Massiel. Curiously, she wasn’t meant to be a performer in London that year; Catalan singer Joan Manuel Serrat was the original artist choice, but a couple of weeks before the contest he confessed his intentions to sing the song in Catalan instead of Spanish, something that was banned by the Franco-regime in Spain. He was quickly replaced and the young female rising star Massiel was rushed to the Royal Albert Hall where she pipped the UK home entry at the post, Cliff Richard’s Congratulations, by only one point.

READ MORE: Spain's country page

Last year, Miki represented Spain with the dance song La Venda. He finished in 22nd place in the Grand Final.

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