In the wake of the devastating news that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been cancelled, many Eurovision fans, including the team here at Wiwibloggs, are wondering what to do next. Well one option is to start getting excited for Eurovision 2021 and to ponder the inevitable questions we all have surrounding the delayed 65th Eurovision Song Contest. While this certainly isn’t the ideal solution, Spanish broadcaster RTVE has managed to soften the blow.
They announced today that Blas Canto, Spain’s would-be Eurovision 2020 representative, has been invited to represent Spain in 2021. That means Spain has essentially confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2021. They said:
— RTVE Comunicación (@RTVE_Com) March 18, 2020
“RTVE supports and understands the difficult decision made by the European Broadcasting Union to cancel the European event due to the unprecedented situation created worldwide by the coronavirus pandemic.”
“RTVE thanks the commitment of our representative, Blas Cantó, for his dedication and for the work done to represent Spain at Eurovision 2020, and invites him to be the Spanish candidate in 2021.”
“RTVE will return, as always, to participate in the contest, the largest musical show on television that each year brings together 200 million viewers from around the world, when the situation is resolved.”
Blas Canto responds to Eurovision 2020 cancellation
Blas responded to the cancellation by accepting the invitation, digesting the news in the most considered and diplomatic way possible.
“I am very sorry because there is a very large job behind [Eurovision], an incredible human team working for many months, not only in my candidacy, but globally. But I think it is the right thing. There are countries in which the epidemic is starting now, and it is not known when it will stop. And a year of margin is the minimum to hold a Eurovision in conditions that Eurovision deserves.”
“There is a commitment on my part to continue working on our candidacy in 2021 and I am very happy to have the opportunity to do so next year. There are many things to do. We are going to take Eurovision in style, it will be my flag, and we have time to do it and to do a good performance in 2021.”
“All I want is for people to be together and stay at home so that this stops as soon as possible. Health is first. We must prioritise each other. Because without us there is no festival. Doing it without an audience was crazy because Eurovision is the fans. Without them there is nothing. It was important to do it properly, because we have to give Eurovision the importance it deserves.”