We’re all still waiting for a date and details about Spain’s long-awaited song selection gala for Blas Cantó. However, new hype has started to emerge. Manel Navarro — Spain’s Eurovision 2017 singer — has told COPE that there is a preferred song in the song selection gala. He also addressed his dramatic participation at Eurovision in Kyiv. Despite his easy-going staging and the summertime feel of his song, his time at ESC was definitely not a holiday celebration.
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Has Blas Cantó’s song already been chosen?
Manel sounded the alarm for many Spanish fans after suggesting there might already be a song for Blas. As he tells COPE: “I read Blas presented four songs for Eurovision,” he said. “The team does not tell me anything. They only told me that from the four songs [eligible for Eurovision 2021] they know which one it is already, and it is much better than ‘Universo.'”
Many fans are now wondering what that means exactly. It’s thought that he means Blas himself has a favourite song from the options he sent to RTVE. This happened before with Pastora Soler and El Sueño de Morfeo. Both had their favourite song from among the offerings available in their song selection galas, which, luckily for them, also turned out to be Spain’s favourites too: “Quédate Conmigo” and “Contigo Hasta El Final”. Blas will have to see if Spain shares his preference.
Naturally, this has led many fans to wonder whether there will be a gala if there is already a song. While Manel suggests there are multiple songs to choose from, RTVE has still not confirmed anything — or addressed the rumour of or set a date for this gala. The debate is ON across social media.
“Eurovision is the wound that hurt the most”
Manel Navarro conjures mixed feelings among many in the Eurovision sphere. Manel remains strongly associated with one of the most dramatic Spanish national finals ever, which resulted in punch-ups and name-calling.
But for Manel, the song contest allowed him to grow, evolve and become stronger. He doesn’t regret having participated as he learned a lot and it remains his biggest professional and personal experience. However, after four years, he recognizes that of all the scars that evoke memories of the past, Eurovision is the one that hurts the most.
“I have my wounds, but no wound hurts as much as the one from Eurovision.”
These wounds have now healed. “I don’t hold any resentment now, but it’s true that at the beginning, there were people who I could not see. People from the Eurovision sphere, who treated me badly”.
He also condemned the social media storm that hit Blas back in April when he refused to sing at Eurovision Spain’s online PrePartyES while struggling with a debilitating bout of anxiety. That led him to close his social media accounts, in response to all the negativity online. Manel supports Blas and adds that “it’s disappointing that there are people trying to sink your Eurovision dream. I can understand what happened to me, but I cannot understand what they did to Blas.”
Manel, who has just released a new single alongside Bely Basarte, now thinks about Eurovision from the perspective of a songwriter. He doesn’t reject “Do It For Your Lover” and it will feature in his concerts — as an acoustic version. “It will always be on my repertoire. But the acoustic version — the one I like.”
Are you excited to know whether there will be a song selection gala in Spain? What do you think about Blas potentially having a song? Are you feeling the hype? Let us know in the comment section below!