RTVE has revealed that ‘Universo’ was selected from 50 different songs to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Over 50 songs were composed as Blas Cantó searched to find the right song for him to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer revealed that ‘Universo’ was produced at a songwriting camp in Edinburgh, with input from musicians across Europe.
Blas traveled to Scotland to work with producer Dan Hammond alongside various musicians from across Europe. Among the artists who are involved in ‘Universo’ are English duo Bright Sparks and Mikolaj Trybulec who wrote ‘Friend of a Friend’ (Czech Republic 2019).
The song according to the RTVE Director of Entertainment is at mid-tempo and has an epic ending. Ms Prieto believes that Blas will be able to show his full potential through the song.
Blas is looking into the possibility of recording ‘Universo’ in other languages to be able to better spread the songs message. French and English versions are being looked into as well as potentially in the co-official languages of Spain.
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.