Spanish TV RTVE announced in a surprisingly early move the name of their representative for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest this afternoon.
RTVE had announce a few weeks ago that the Spanish representative wouldn’t be chosen through Operación Triunfo, unlike in 2018 and 2019. The timing of the casting had already made it unlikely, with them beginning this month, thus not giving the show enough time to stage a Eurovision gala before the HoD meeting in March 2020. Instead, Blas Cantó representative was chosen internally.
Not a Eurovision newcomer
Blas Cantó isn’t a stranger to the Eurovision world. Indeed he already took part in at least two selections to represent his country. Many will remember him as a part of the Spanish boys band AURYN, taking part in Destino Eurovisión, the Spanish selection for Dusseldorf 2011. Together, the five singers got to the three-candidate-strong super-final with their song “Volver” but lost against Lucía Pérez and “Que me quiten lo bailao”.
But Blas also tried to represent Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2004, he took part in Eurojunior, Spain’s national selection, and got to the final stages and show with the song “Sentir”. He came second, but the selection’s winnner, María Isabel, went on to win JESC in Lillehammer, Norway, that year.
AURYN released three albums before going on a hiatus, then officially breaking up, in 2016.
Blas then signed to Warner Music Spain, releasing several singles since 2016, in English and Spanish. His first solo album came out in 2018, Complicado. You can find on all legal streaming platforms.
What do you think of RTVE’s choice? Is it a good thing for Spain? Will Blas be able to put Spain back on the left-hand side of the scoreboard? What song do you expect from him? Tell us more in the comments below or on social media at @escxtra !