The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Spain‘s internally select act Blas Cantó and his song “Universo”. Did we feel the universal spirit? Read on to find out!
Blas Cantó – “Universo”
Bernardo: My dear Spain, I love you so much, it pains me to say this year you disappointed me. Blas is such a competent vocalist and an overall excellent live performer, but “Universo” does not do the trick. While I can clearly spot quality moments, the overall package comes across as flat and meh. Blas is the right choice. Select a better song.
Calvin: This song leaves me behind somewhat confused. It builds up nicely and you’d expect a stellar chorus. In reality, it’s a choir with oh oh’s. The song isn’t memorable and lacks in energy, though it’s still a decent entry. I just don’t get the purpose of the song. What does he want to tell us? “Universo” is going to be among the first songs I’ll forget. However, Blas has a very strong voice and could give it a whole different feeling live.
Luis: “Universo” is not that bad, but it’s not that good either. The production is slick and Blas’ voice is always on point, but it feels too manufactured. Also, the song is not so interesting, and it would have got lost between the sea of mid-tempos this year. Despite all that, I can’t help but get a feeling of “hey, this is actually a decent song” every time I listen to it. However “decent” and “not-so-interesting” tend to mean 20th-26th at Eurovision.
Pablo: This is… interesting, meaning that there is a lot to unpack and digest here. “Universo” has a lot of unusual elements and hooks all across its three minutes, but nothing is outright bad or even objectable. Once you get over said elements, you get to really see a polished, well-sung and engaging song. The fact that it took repeat listens to enjoy this could have been a crux for the song — and it all hinged on Blas’ delivery and staging.
Tobias: Applause to Spain! This was unexpected to come from you. I have to say I was hooked immediately the first time I heard “Universo”. Even though I don’t speak or understand Spanish shows that “Universo” is such a universal song with the potential to reach out to non-Spanish speakers as well. The chorus is easy to remember and sing along to which is crucial in Eurovision.
Blas Cantó – “Universo” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.25/10
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