blas universo performance

Tonight was the big night: Blas Cantó performed his Eurovision entry live for the first time. He took to the stage of the talent show Operación Triunfo and proved what a voice he’s got.

While Operación Triunfo wasn’t used as the Spanish Eurovision selection this year, there was still room for the internally selected act for Rotterdam.

For Blas’ first live performance of “Universo”, he began singing over a starry background. Dressed in a black suit with a sequinned snake on his shoulder, Blas kept total control of his voice and unleashed his power during the high note.

The first performance of “Universo” was simple and sober. It resembled the music video, especially with the backing dancers, who appeared dressed exactly the same in white coats and face masks. The background LEDs show scenes of a sky, both a starry night and a cloudy day. Blas oozed confidence, and he proved how strong his stage presence is.

Singing live for the first time wasn’t the only remarkable moment for Blas this week. His song also entered the Los 40 Music chart at number 31. The list is Spain’s most popular, and it regularly features songs which have already had some airplay.

Miki Nuñez shares Eurovision advice with Blas Cantó

Blas wasn’t the only Eurovision star who performed in the night: Miki was also there to sing his single “Celébrate”. Before the gala, Miki did a short interview with Blas, who confessed he’s “shit-scared” for Eurovision, but at the same time, happy that things are going the way he planned.

He also promised “everything” will improve for Eurovision, and hinted that he wants his backing singers with him on stage. However, Miki asked him about details of his staging, and Blas jokingly replied, “I don’t even know yet!”.

Tonight at Operación Triunfo, Blas gave the first performance of the many he’ll be doing until Rotterdam. So far, Blas has only confirmed two dates for his European tour. He’ll be performing in Amsterdam’s Eurovision in Concert, as well as Madrid’s ES PreParty.

What do you think of Blas’ performance? How would you change the performance for Eurovision? What does “Universo” need to stand out in Rotterdam? Tell us in the comment section below!

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realtif
realtif
11 months ago

Strong contender. For last place.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

I can confirm that singing in this performance in spanish television was live (that means “voz en directo”)

Bob
Bob
11 months ago

Not bad! I suspect a mid table finish for Spain with this entry. I quite enjoy it, the question is how memorable it will be on the big stage?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
11 months ago

He was great until that high note
Some work and he’ll do just well 🙂

Bugo
Bugo
11 months ago

Blas should take a pause before hitting that high note (i.e. Bilal). I am worried he might mess up in the final. And that that part sounds like a weird transition from a standard to a high note sooo he should fix that.

Doritos
Doritos
11 months ago
Reply to  Bugo

Delusional! He can sing, just look at his previous works. Ot is known for horrible sound problems, stop complaining

Sabrina
Sabrina
11 months ago

I don’t think we can say much about his vocals based on this clip, but he has an interesting stage presence. I would say they should make him have eye contact with the camera as much as possible. Not just because he’s handsome, but also because he knows how to do that.

Pasadena
Pasadena
11 months ago

I’ve been waiting for Spain to send a song that sounds somewhat current. This one ticks that box, but I thought the studio cut was a little bland. But boy, did he elevate this live! Spain is back in the game!

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

1. España 8/10
2. Italia 7/10
3. Letonia 6/10
4. República Checa 5/10
5. Australia 3/10
6. Albania 2/10

puma
puma
11 months ago

Lol, can they just zoom his face and eyes more? Pls. He’s beautiful and you really can’t take your eyes off him so easily.

I wasn’t surprised when i found out his zodiac sign.

Thomas
Thomas
11 months ago

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For the most part he sang just fine, but the climax being his peak I really want them to pound that note. I really want Spain to do well but I just can’t get into it still. Rn its still my 2nd though so….

1. Austrailia
2. Spain
3. Latvia
4. Albania
5. Italy
6. Czechia

An my ranking is all subjected to change once revamps are done obviously.

bryan
bryan
11 months ago

En live c’est beaucoup mieux mais la note haute est une catastrophe. La chanson a rien construit pour adapter la note , puis elle est fausse il ce force a la faire haut. Je suis sans doute le seul qui le pense mais cela me perturbe…

Timi
Timi
11 months ago

He has a really good voice. :O

Bebethequeen
Bebethequeen
11 months ago

Less back action more face please. And that last not was not really a climax for me like in the studio version was MUCH higher

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
11 months ago

I don’t consider this a live performance. The baking vocals (who make the chorus), were prerecorded. In May this will sound a lot different (and not precisely for the better… XD)

Johan
Johan
11 months ago
Reply to  Vanuatu

i suspected that to. Sounded to perfect

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
11 months ago
Reply to  Johan

to clarify, im talking about the oh-oh-oh parts (the chorus). Blas is very good live, what you can hear here from him is his real live voice. The chorus in May will be as good as the backing vocals will. And that was not shown in this performance, cause they were recorded.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Vanuatu

I`ve got the impression that is was a live performance when he sings the word “cabeza” (head), that sounds quitely different from the studio version.

PS : I´m not from Spain but I love country and language and I would prefer more and more participants at ESC not singing in english

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Muchas gracias por tu apoyo. Justamente Alemania y la relación a su idioma es un caso muy especial… (Soy aleman)

Koen
Koen
11 months ago
Reply to  Vanuatu

I agree with you. He’s not a bad singer, but the background singers have their work cut out for them to level with the recorded track. Anything less will stick out like a sore thumb. And that high note at the end… he must be very carefull with that one. To me it’s just a cliché Eurovision high note which wasn’t necessary and when not done entirely perfect, it can kill an otherwise acceptable entry. For me there is too much repetition in this song which doesn’t maintain your attention. After one minute you’ve kind of heard the song already.… Read more »

Johan
Johan
11 months ago

Was this really 100% live? i felt there was sound of his voice when he was NOT singing to. Im just asking

Gurl
Gurl
11 months ago

Ah and give me a break with the high note, guys. It’s getting super old already

Vegard
Vegard
11 months ago
Reply to  Gurl

Sorry, but your comment is a little bit stupid. That high note is supposed to be the peak of the song, so of course people are going to comment about it. A high note is normally what people remember from an Eurovision performance because it’s the most “high-impact” and memorable part. Both in the studio version and in his OT performance his high note sounds bad (idk why, but it might have something to do with the pitch), and I completely understand why people are saying that ruins the whole performance/song for them.

Valentino
Valentino
11 months ago

Great performer, and if they go with the same feel for the staging @ESC, it could have a high impact performance. He just needs to work a bit more that last note.

Vegard
Vegard
11 months ago

I would enjoy this song a lot more if they didn’t include that high note at the end…I don’t know why, but it doesn’t sound good at all.

Polliu
Polliu
11 months ago

Don’t care ‘cuz he will never win with this song.

John
John
11 months ago

Staging at OT was very good in recreating the feel of the video. I especially liked the stars effect where they float upward from the stage, which very easy to recreate on the LED. Also the opening shot of all the beams focused on him was a nice touch. The high note at the end didn’t sound right on the clip I saw. Could be a problem for him like it was for Imri Ziv in Alive.

Héctor
Héctor
11 months ago

His live was on point. But I think he is more nervous than in an ordinary performance because of all the criticism sorrounding. It adds more pressure. Anyway, he saved it, even though there was a suspicious moment during that high note. The sound mix was deficient but Blas is not the one to blame for that. This performance will also have nothing to do with the official in May.

Zed
Zed
11 months ago

He’s at the brink of going out of tune, and y’all are saying he nailed it, oh god..

kkk
kkk
11 months ago

I might be crazy but I love this song from the beginning and I don’t understand critics and hate at all. Sure, it’s not winner material but it’s still really, really good.

With good staging, I can actually see this at least in top 15.

It’s helpful that he’s good looking and charismatic guy, he makes every song better in live version imo.

Btw, I think that he easily can hit last note but sound in this show is terrible. Something is weird.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

He certainly owned this stage. Bravo, Blas. 🙂

CORONA VIRAL BREXIT
CORONA VIRAL BREXIT
11 months ago

fai rumoreeeeeeeeeeeeee

bluecoffeee
bluecoffeee
11 months ago

I really dig the staging at the beginning! Blas’ stage presence is better than I expected. Very impressive how he kept the same volume while moving the mic a meter away from his mouth.

Gin&Monique
Gin&Monique
11 months ago

One of his notes at the end was shrieky as hell! Such an ordinary song, reminds me of Liam Tamne’s “Astronaut” from EYD 2018.

Another bottom 5 for Spain

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
11 months ago

He has an excellent stage presence, which might enhance the whole act, if the staging is competent…

Chris
Chris
11 months ago

Love it 🙂

James
James
11 months ago

He only needs to work the final high note. But his live perfomance is amazing.
He sounds like a record. Good Choice.

uwu vision
uwu vision
11 months ago

This is gonna look epic on Rotterdam’s stage!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
11 months ago

He definitely looks the part! I wouldn’t mind the staging being very close to what I just saw.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

Mucha suerte, querido Blas !

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
11 months ago

Just spectacular, and in the stage of Rotterdam omg can be,epic. Well done.

Fefe
Fefe
11 months ago

Oh dear that final note is still not as epic as promised

Jalisse
Jalisse
11 months ago
Reply to  Fefe

Oh dear get over it

uwu vision
uwu vision
11 months ago
Reply to  Fefe

He’ll be practicing it, hopefully he’ll nail it in 3 months time

Bebethequeen
Bebethequeen
11 months ago
Reply to  Fefe

So true.

noone
noone
11 months ago

Everything is good, but that screaming high notes at the end… it ruins it for me.

Gurl
Gurl
11 months ago

This sounds 100x better live than in the record version. Blas has an incredible voice and stage presence, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him during the whole 3 minutes! The song is what it is, but I think this will become a great number on the stage of Rotterdam. Well done!

Dana
Dana
11 months ago

His stage precense is amazing. He owned that stage. It was a really solid performance. Not too over the top. I could see Spain doing well this year. Blas was a great choice!