TVE has revealed that there was a shortlist of six artists to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Toñi Prieto, the Head of Entertainment at TVE, has revealed that the broadcaster had a shortlist of six potential artists to represent Spain at Eurovision 2020. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ms Prieto explained that TVE had contacted a number of record labels for potential singers, but would not reveal the names of the five other artists.
The Head of Entertainment went on to add that Blas was selected because:
because he is a young, versatile boy with a good voice and can sing a song of a style that fits. He is a 360 artist.
Ms Prieto went on to explain why TVE has opted to change their selection method for 2020:
For timing it is impossible to get the candidate from OT . This formula has worked for us on other occasions and we always put the same effort and enthusiasm because both the singer and the song triumph.
Who is Blas Cantó?
Blas is a 27 year old singer and was previously a member of boy band Auryn, who last performed together in 2016 and who also took part in the Spanish national selection in 2011. Blas has to date released two studio albums with his latest “Complicados” having been released last month.
In 2004, Blas participated in EuroJunior, the contest to select Spain’s entry for that years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He finished fourth. The winner of the show went on to win Junior Eurovision: Maria Isabel with Antes Muerta Que Sencilla. Representing Spain in Eurovision is therefore a dream Blas has had since he was a child, as RTVE reports.
Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest. The 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top 10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on ten occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.