Five backing singers will feature alongside Blas Cantó at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed the names of the five artists who will join Blas on stage in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May. The five singers are:
- Pedro Elipe – Composer, audio producer and pianist
- Héctor Artiles – Writer and composer
- Daira Monzón – Singer/Songwriter with over 17 years of experience
- Irene Alman – Singer and composer
- Dangelo Ortega – Singer and songwriter
When asked about his backing singers, Blas said:
“It is important to have a team of close people, friends, who already know each other and know how we work . This makes it easier to connect on stage and make the performance more precise and exciting”.
Who is Blas Cantó?
Blas is a 27 year old singer from Murcia. He 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.