A new version of “Voy a quedarme” is set to be performed by Blas Cantó on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Speaking to COPE, Blas Cantó has revealed that he will be performing a new version of “Voy a quedarme” on stage in Rotterdam. He explained that the final version is still pending approval but that:
We have exploited the intimate part of the song, we have made some changes in the second verse and also, in the beginning, a cappella. That beginning will be maintained, but with some modification. The truth is that I am very happy and very excited,
Spain will be performing in the Grand Final of the contest automatically as they are a member of the Big 5. This will take place on Saturday the 22nd of May 2021.
Who is Blas Cantó?
Blas Cantó was born on October 26 1991 in Ricote in Murcia in southeastern Spain. He made his first television appearance in 2000 in the children’s talent show Veo Veo. In 2004 he competed in the Spanish Junior Eurovision selection and in In 2009, he founded the group AURYN. The group gained fame after taking part in Destino Eurovisión, the Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
Blas was internally selected to represent Spain in Rotterdam, becoming the first internally selected Spanish Eurovision entrant since 2015. He was due to sing “Universo” (Universe) at the 2020 contest before its cancellation.
Not long after the announcement of the contest’s cancellation, Spanish broadcaster RTVE invited Blas to represent the country at the 2021 contest, which he happily accepted. His competing song was chosen via the selection show Destino Eurovisión, which saw Blas perform “Memoria” and “Voy a quedarme”. The public voted for their favourite, and in the end, it was “Voy a quedarme” that came out on top.
Image Source: TVE / Raul Tejedor | Source: Eurovision Spain
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.