Ever since it was confirmed that Blas Cantó was confirmed as Spain’s representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest he has been working on the right song that he will be performing for his country.
As we get closer to the end of the year, Eurovision-Spain has reported that Blas will be presenting four songs to RTVE, and his record label Warner Music Spain, to evaluate for his participation at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Internal Choice or a National Final?
In 2020, RTVE chose to internally select Blas’s Eurovision 2020 entry ‘Universo’. The last time they have done this was in 2015, when Edurne represented Spain with ‘Amancer’. She managed to place 15th overall in Vienna.
In an interview with Eurovision-Spain Toñi Prieto, RTVE Entertainment director, and Ana María Bordas, head of the Spanish delegation have mentioned that it has been difficult for all parties to agree on a song that could represent Spain:
It is more difficult to reach a consensus with the type of song that can represent us
The last time that Spain held a National Final was in 2013, when El Sueño de Morfeo represented the country in Malmö with the song ‘Contigo hasta el final’ which placed 25th. However, they did use this method in 2012, with Pastora Soler where ‘Quedate Conmigo’ placed 10th in Baku.
At the time of writing, RTVE is yet to reveal how Blas’s 2021 Eurovision entry will be selected.
Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest
Spain debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, with Conchita Bautista with the song ‘Estando Contigo’. Since then, they have participated 59 times and have won two times in 1968 and 1969.
In 2020, Spain internally selected Blas Cantó to represent Spain at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Blas was due to represent Spain at the 2020 contest with his song ‘Universo’. As a member of the Big Five, Blas was set to participate in the Grand Final of the competition. Despite the cancellation of the competition, Blas was invited to represent Spain at Eurovision 2021.
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