Blas Cantó

Sorpresa! Blas Cantó will represent Spain at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. RTVE has made a surprise announcement this Saturday after teasing us all on Twitter.

Half-past two, a Saturday in October… what could possibly be happening in Spain? A Eurovision announcement seems like the least likely option, but there it was. RTVE started teasing their artist announcement on Twitter with this cheeky post:

And then, nothing happened. Apparently. The Twitter account redirected to television, where Corazón played a piece asking people on Instagram who they wanted to take part at Eurovision.

But just five minutes later, the news broadcast began, and then came the bomb: Spain was about to know who would be going to Rotterdam!

Months of speculation ended all of a sudden. Rosalía, Ruth Lorenzo, Lola Índigo, Aitana… but in the end it was him. Blas Cantó will be the third solo male singer to represent Spain in the last four years, after Manel Navarro and Miki.

Previous single: Blas Cantó – “Él no soy yo”

Who is Blas Cantó?

Born on 26 October 1991, the soon-to-be 28-year-old is no stranger to the world of Eurovision. In 2004, he attempted to represent Spain at Junior Eurovision with “Cantaré”. The selection was won by María Isabel who went on to win the overall contest with the iconic “Antes muerta que sencilla”. “Contigo” hitmaker Mirela also took part in the 2004 national final.

From 2009 to 2016, Blas was a member of the boyband Auryn. The chart-topping outfit took part in Spain’s 2011 national selection. They reached the superfinal with the track “Volver”, losing out to Lucia Perez.

After the group’s split, Blas signed to Warner Music Spain and in 2017 released his debut solo single “In Your Bed”. His biggest hit, “Él no soy yo” went platinum.

With his dashing good looks, it should come as little surprise that Blas is also a regular on TV. He won the fifth season of Tu cara me suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar). Eurovision 2002’s Rosa López came second.

Blas’ song for Rotterdam has not been selected yet. The singer is currently working with broadcaster RTVE to find the right number for Rotterdam. And he’s taking things seriously. In a statement, Blas said “It is a very important decision, we want the perfect song for Eurovision.”

RTVE has not confirmed when Blas’ song will be released, but it is expected to be revealed sometime in 2020.

What do you think? Are you excited that Blas Cantó will represent Spain in Rotterdam? What sort of song should he take to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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xelx
xelx
2 years ago

I’m so relieved OT 2020 won’t be associated with Eurovision… Casting auditions began today, and the producer of the show Tinet Rubira has explained during the press conference that in the new season they are going to “let the drama flow”, meaning the reality tv aspect is going to be even more important than before.

Geo
Geo
2 years ago

He looks good, but in the end it’s all about the song. Both Manel and Miki had horrible songs, so their results were justified. If you wanna get good results you cannot present a joke song (like Miki had)

PP77
PP77
2 years ago

Ready for Fuego part 3 .

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I expected Dancing in the rain in Rotterdam 🙁

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Best Spain entry of the 2010s 🙂 The queen needs to come back in the next 10 years…

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago

He seems like a versatile performer and has domestic success- not the most brilliant pick but has broad appeal and is inoffensive. RTVE have got off to a good start and he’s a big enough star to have a good team behind him for the song, so unless he sounds awful live (which he most likely won’t given his prior experience) Spain will probably make the top 20 at least. But I Hooverphonic have definitely made the bigger splash.

Saney
Saney
2 years ago

He has a good voice, he can perform and he looks good, I hope he will get the result Miki deserved last year

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Saney

Miki had bad staging so lets hope for Sasha Jean Baptiste

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Miki’s staging wasn’t all bad. I loved the energy, the bright colors and the audience interaction.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

It was massy for me – yes he brought party vibes but the robot was afwul idea.

Lorena
Lorena
2 years ago

No Spanish person here is going to say that when they mention Diana Navarro in the video they show a picture of Nuria Roca??? It’s crazy

Khazar
2 years ago

He is handsome…Good luck to him

Arya
Arya
2 years ago

Please, no Sacha Jean-Baptiste. No Luca Hanni 2.0.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Arya

Spain don’t have soldi for Sasha but it would be nice to see Sasha doing stage for Spain and Luca’s staging was good – better than Tamta’s stage… but yes Iveta in 2016, Nina in 2015 or Nika Kocharov in 2016 had better stage

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

Pleasant voice, very good looking and an experienced performer, sounds like a catch. With the right song, maybe he can save Spain for their streak of bad results. But I must agree with those who said here that his songs are usually very safe and harmless. I hope they go for something bolder than his repertoire.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

He will singing balad for sure and I expect same situation like Edurne had

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I do want to see if the Spanish team can lure the juries this time. The best Spanish results in 2010s were both by the support of juries and both involved ballads (although both were by female performers), so this might be their key for success.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I can see he doing a ballad or a dance song. I wonder if Spain will evaluate how the field is shaping up before making a final choice.

Peters
Peters
2 years ago

Get ready for a radio spainish dance song.

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Well at least they’ve already won Next Top Model.

Héctor
Héctor
2 years ago

TOLD YOU! He was my first thought after RTVE revealed the internal selection of a “wel-known artist” and some names popped up. I’m extremely satisfid with this choice and I’m very confident RTVE is taking Euorvision seriously for the last couple of years. They wanted to change the vision the general public and artists have about Eurovision in Spain and I really think this is the way to go: well-known artist with recent hits. They just have to work hard in the song and the staging. This is very promising, though after all these year of disappointments and rejection from… Read more »

Nikko
Nikko
2 years ago

Apparently he is that “well-known artist”. Is he really that popular in Spain? Do people know him? More than Rosalía, Cristina Ramos, Eleni Foureira, Ruth Lorenzo and Famous?

Spaniard88
Spaniard88
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikko

Yep. Not more than Rosalia, but more of those singers that you say of course!! He was in a boyband very successful 4 or 5 years, and then 3 months in Your face sounds familiar (most viewed tv program every week) which he won and he started his solo career with one CD that was #1 on the spanish chats, and last year his single “Él no soy yo” was a big hit in the country. Platinum x 2. You can usually hear his song on the radio. Famous is not famous, after OT he is missing. Cristina Ramos lot… Read more »

Spaniard88
Spaniard88
2 years ago
Reply to  Spaniard88

Ruth Lorenzo (love her) is famous in Spain since ESC 2014. Blas Cantó was already singing with his boyband Auryn . For now he had better results than her in the music industry. Anyway, both of them are from Murcia and they are good friends.

Miguel
Miguel
2 years ago

He has some nice songs but not eurovision oriented. Its more radio friendly.
Regardless, its a nice pick from Spain. Hope they do well.

BlackKava
BlackKava
2 years ago

If he sings as good as he looks i stan 😛

Btw rumors saying Kazaky band gonna submit for Vidbir 2020 …. oh my… ?

Nitzan
Nitzan
2 years ago

Small correction: “Cantare” was eliminated in 2004 and Blas went to the Eurojunior final with “Sentir”, a great song that ended up as the runner-up.

Pedro
Pedro
2 years ago
Reply to  Nitzan

There is no info about him ending as a runner-up, but it was rumoured that the 2nd place was awarded to Mirela (“Conoci el amor”), and him then the 3rd place, as he had enough charisma to end up at that position.
It’s gonna be a good year and can’t wait to be there! 😀

Rose
Rose
2 years ago

All the best, Spain. I have a little more faith in the song, thanks to 2019’s choice. Take it away and get the staging and vocals right.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Also, I think i just solved the biggest mystery of Eurovision called “who should have won in 2011”? Spain! Duh! When all else fails, just go with fun. Lucia’s song actually was quite fun.

Qoui
Qoui
2 years ago

Where is the big name? I’ve never heard of this guy.

DuncanHater
DuncanHater
2 years ago
Reply to  Qoui

You don’t, but we did. Big name in SPAIN, not in Europe. Maybe after esc he will 😉

Qoui
Qoui
2 years ago
Reply to  DuncanHater

Good to know. He seems experienced artist. Now we wait for the song.

American ESC FAN
2 years ago
Reply to  Qoui

He also has a fan base here in the US among the latinx community

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 years ago

I’m in love with his hair <3 And I also like him musicalwise 😀

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Someone cute. I like it. I’d also like to hear a song in the vein of “Él no soy yo”, a little more lively, compact and cut down to three minutes at Eurovision. Not bad at all.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

An unfortunate first name in German, though. But very suitable, nonetheless.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

the song better sound like it’s from 2020

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
2 years ago

Seems like an Imri and Luca Hanni kinda type, hopefully the latter if they are going for a high placing.

A part of me had kinda wished for Belinda Peregrín to be revealed, anyone know her? Tamta covered her ”Egoista” single.

Jo.
Jo.
2 years ago

well, sounds promising. I’m excited to hear the song.

xelx
xelx
2 years ago

First time in a very long time TVE gets to select an act with a recent hit that is legit (“Él no soy yo”). They have plenty of time to work on a strong entry, hope they don’t f**k it up this time.

Jack
Jack
2 years ago

He seems a good choice but that would mean nothing if Spain messes up the song or the staging. I pray they get it right this time

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 years ago

Hmm I’d prefer Ruth or Lola Indigo, BUT he ain’t bad and we have to wait for the song, checked some of his material and not a huge fan of that kind of ballads, bu still again we have to wait. But for now I’m more excited about Hooverphonic:)

DenizNL
DenizNL
2 years ago

Absolutely excited for this choice. Belgium and Spain chose some big names, I’m eager to discover if their songs are as big.

Now Ilira can definitely shut up, with those artists being chosen.

Trash KAN
Trash KAN
2 years ago

God Blas him. I mean God bless him.

Whodis
Whodis
2 years ago
Reply to  Trash KAN

„ Blas“ is the German imperative for blasen (blow )

Just sayin

Trash KAN
Trash KAN
2 years ago
Reply to  Whodis

That sounds like a blast (I’ll stop now).

Tomas
Tomas
2 years ago

I’ve definitely heard “El no soy yo” here in the US! It’s not very often that Eurovision artists are heard over here after the contest, let alone beforehand, so this could be promising.

American ESC FAN
2 years ago
Reply to  Tomas

Considering the Hispanic-American is the “it” market right now, it’s no surprise that some Spanish artist can easily make it here.

Hi243
Hi243
2 years ago

Seems to me as a decent choice. People here are, however, saying that he mostly sings ballads (please correct me if I’m wrong). That isn’t bad in itself, but Spanish pop music is so mainstream these days. Such great opportunity for a country that has been struggling for the past few years. I don’t think many people would agree with me, but I would like to see such a ‘trendy’ song from Spain. Think Taki Taki/Mi Gente vibes with hints of Fuego or She Got Me. They could secure themselves a potential televote-top 5 and commerical hit with such a… Read more »

963ES
963ES
2 years ago
Reply to  Hi243

take a look to ”In my bed” his first solo single in english. It’s not a ballad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSGBQbkmEPg
if you check him on Tu cara me suena he did many different perfomances like Ricky Martin, Anastacia, John Travolta, Freddie Mercury,…
And check this guy too if you are bored https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x-pmYhFrwo

James
James
2 years ago

Oh wait..I just remembered why his name is so familiar to me. I actually have “El no soy yo” in my Spotify playlist for a year now, hence the name being familiar. Hehe

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago

The announcement of Blas and the release of Melani’s ‘Marte’ made me wonder if a miracle has happened inside RTVE.

oli
oli
2 years ago

If Spain doesn’t do well in 2020, they can just withdraw for the rest of this century. This guy is a STAR and will bring song, voice, stage and all.

DuncanHater
DuncanHater
2 years ago

Not only balads:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C93N8jZh1w

He was 2nd the year of Maria Isabel “antes muerta que sencilla” JESC (2004)

and 2nd again the year of Lucía Pérez “que me quiten lo bailao” ESC (2011)

He was the winner of your face souds familiar.

He started a solo career and his song “Él no soy yo” was a big hit in Spain last year.

Toffeenix
Toffeenix
2 years ago

“Blas Cantó will be the third male singer to represent Spain in a row after Manel Navarro and Miki.”
Alfred and Amaia won’t be too happy to hear that.

James
James
2 years ago

Didn’t he took part in a past Spanish national selection or was he an alumni from the rebooted OT? I’ve been hearing his name being thrown around as a potential representative for sometime now.

Efraim
Efraim
2 years ago
Reply to  James

He was in the 2011 NF as one-fifth of Auryn.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago
Reply to  James

He took a part in Eurojunior 2004, a national selection for JESC 2004 (eventually won by the fellow contestant Maria Isabel Lopez).

Étoile
Étoile
2 years ago

Surprise! Indeed it is. First because it’s a man and all the potential candidates were women and second because I really thought after the announcement of the Belgian group that we’ll have a dead period until November. I like the voice but I need the song. Off topic: in an interview the Director of entertainment programs of France télévisions said that we’ll use an NF but everything is on the table (change of name, format, everything is in discussions so my country will be very « discrete » for a long time). Anyway back to the topic Buena suerte vecinos. <3

Efraim
Efraim
2 years ago

A pretty solid pick. Blas proved in Tu Cara Me Suena that he has an impressive vocal range, and he has released some brilliant songs since going solo. He previously was in boy band Auryn, which entered Spain’s 2011 NF, and also featured JESC 2006 alum Dani Fernández.

If TVE can avoid unnecessary revamps and overthought stagings as the ones in Tel Aviv, we might, just might, finally get out of the bottom five.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

His songs do not stand out but they are cute and radio friendly. He needs a big song PLEASE. I didn;t know him but his latest video has 65m views WOW

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisi… I mean artist announcement!
He seems like a good singer, but to me his songs, though pleasant and well produced, lack something extra that would help him stand out at Eurovision. I’m mildly positive about Spain’s choice, I guess the song reveal will clear everything up.

Fionn
Fionn
2 years ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Did u know ur comment was featured in the wiwbloggs video?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago
Reply to  Fionn

That’s cool, thanks for letting me know 🙂

Thanos
Thanos
2 years ago

Guys I don’t know him at all. What genre does he sing?

JOWST NE
JOWST NE
2 years ago
Reply to  Thanos

Most of his songs are ballads

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Thanos

Generic radio songs mostly. Pop and ballad.
It’s a very safe choice.
It will do better with juries than televoting I would say (without knowing the song)

Thanos
Thanos
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex

So should we be waiting for a Sweden type of song? Mainstream and jury favourite? Hope not…

mad-professor
mad-professor
2 years ago
Reply to  Thanos

Nah, his music’s more generic ballad-y types.

963ES
963ES
2 years ago
Reply to  Thanos

He can sing many types of music. But I guess he will do something pop. I hope more likely to his single In my bed but we’ll never know

KESC
KESC
2 years ago

I didn’t know him, so just checked out two of his songs, and I can definitely say that he is an interesting voice. I’m not really sure but I would more expect a ballad type of song from him, let’s see what they will offer..

Please, RTVE do whatever you do, but don’t mess this staging up again!! We need a good song and a good staging!!

DuncanHater
DuncanHater
2 years ago
Reply to  KESC

You are Spanish and you don’t know who is Blas Cantó? WHERR DO YOU LIVE??????

KESC
KESC
2 years ago
Reply to  DuncanHater

Lol, I’m not Spanish?! Hahahah

DuncanHater
DuncanHater
2 years ago
Reply to  KESC

Hahaha ok.

He is on the radio, TV etc

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
2 years ago

Let’s wait for the song but at the moment as a Spanish person my expectations are close to zero. Not exactly thrilled.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
2 years ago

I think we have Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2020!!! 🙂 😉

JOWST NE
JOWST NE
2 years ago

Because that’s so important isn’t it?

Nata
Nata
2 years ago
Reply to  JOWST NE

`For some people, it is. Let him/her be one of those people

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
2 years ago
Reply to  Nata

I’m sorry if I somehow offended you…

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago

Hm, this seems like a good choice – I guess I’m happy!

Also, I think you’re forgetting Amaia (y Alfred)…

victor
2 years ago

great singer, current, Good option spain!

JOWST NE
JOWST NE
2 years ago

Good choice, let’s hope it isn’t a Darude scenario!

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  JOWST NE

Well…Darude isn’t from a Big 5 country so yep, Blas is on the clear on that.

JOWST NE
JOWST NE
2 years ago
Reply to  James

I meant the song choice

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  JOWST NE

After the complex song selection formats they have had in the past three years, it would be smart for TVE to not even remotely consider a multi-song national selection to pair their chosen singer with a song for Europe.

DuncanHater
DuncanHater
2 years ago

Great singer. I’m so happy.