It’s been three weeks since Spain chose “Voy a Quedarme” as the song they would like Blas Cantó to sing at Eurovision 2021. Now that he’s in full swing with preparing things for Rotterdam, Blas has revealed that he’ll revamp the song slightly for the contest. The Spanish star has also spoken about his experiences so far of working with national broadcaster RTVE.
The comments were made during an interview for a special podcast produced by Spanish radio station COPE – Pasaporte a Eurovisión.
“Voy a Quedarme” to be revamped for Eurovision 2021
Blas Cantó has good news for y’all who enjoyed the acapella start of “Voy a Quedarme” that he included during his performance at the Destino Eurovisión national selection show. The Eurovision 2021 version of the song will also start in this way.
But, Blas also shares that there will be some other modifications to the song as well. The new revamp of “Voy a Quedarme” is set to include changes to one of Blas’ favourite parts of the track – the second verse – and will, overall, boost the intimacy of the song’s narrative. As Blas tells COPE:
“I am very happy and emotional. We are working on these changes since this year’s rhythms have been rushed. But we have had enough time to make cool things [already]. This version won’t be commercialised and is planned to be only for Eurovision in May. However, we are pending of approval.”
The Spanish star confirms that this new “Voy a Quedarme” revamp won’t be hitting the shops, nor digital platforms. The approved changes will only see the light on the main Eurovision stage.
Although changes may be being made to “Voy a Quedarme”, they’ll only be revealed if Eurovision 2021 continues with the Scenario B plan and Blas is able to perform live from Rotterdam. The Spanish team filmed the compulsory pre-recorded performance – that will be used if Blas is unable to travel to the host city due to Covid-19 restrictions – just two days after Destino Eurovisión in late February. Thus, if this pre-record is used then there likely won’t be many changes (if any).
For the staging of the live performance in Rotterdam, Blas and his team – including creative director Marvin Dietmann – are still working on it. Marvin will also be working with Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus and the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2021.
Blas has given away no clues as to whether it will resemble the stage performance from Destino Eurovisión or not. However, the Spanish singer has confirmed they are now focused on ensuring the best dimensionality of the stage and creating intimacy with the audience – details that were brought up in our reaction video.
On a separate note, Blas told COPE that he talks frequently with Barbara Pravi, VICTORIA, Go_A, Senhit and Stefania, and has spoken briefly with The Mamas. Although the contestants may not get to meet each other at pre-parties this year, it seems that the bonds are still forming between them.
RTVE ignored Blas’ proposed changes for Destino Eurovisión
During the interview, COPE asked him about his feeling of working with Spain’s national broadcaster RTVE – specially after Destino Eurovisión, which faced strong criticism for its lack of quality.
Honesty is the best policy, and Blas knows that. He said that he is happy and proud about the fight he made in order to try and make changes to the national selection. Blas encouraged RTVE to remove the overused starry background and the long videos featured in the gala. However, he did not succeed, as he elaborates:
“I’m happy of what I have done and suggested. But at the end of the day, it is the broadcaster who decides. I’m also glad because we have opened the door to make Eurovision gain the importance it requires in Spain and not only for the grand final day. “
Concerning RTVE, Blas does feel their support, but believes Eurovision could be handled differently:
“RTVE is a big team that have been doing TV for a long time with their methods. Not many might understand what I might propose, for example. But they have to understand that Eurovision is very modern and up-to-date visually, technically, in direction, production… I think we can do it, but we shall reinvent ourselves, not only demand external but internal changes too.”
“I feel there’s interest in Eurovision [on RTVE] but it’s the means to make it happen. You gotta listen to the fans, because sometimes criticism is not always for pleasure, there’s a pattern that keeps repeating.”
Early in February, Spain’s head of delegation, Ana María Bordas, discussed the need for there to be a bigger team covering all areas of Eurovision – from marketing to communication – in Spain, rather than it being managed by a sole individual.
Soraya speaks about RTVE’s approach to Eurovision
Soraya Arnelas, Spain’s Eurovision 2009 star, is no new face in speaking up about the dissatisfaction she had with RTVE during her time at the contest. Back in 2009, RTVE totally changed Soraya’s stage show. The singer later complained about the broadcaster’s attitude and claimed they told her: “Eurovision is not your dream, it’s our dream and you represent us.”
Her opinion has not changed since, as she explains to COPE:
“I can’t watch my performance anymore because I don’t have the need to suffer. I could not choose anything but my dress. However, I fulfilled with what they wanted.”
Soraya does not regret having participated in Eurovision, but feels you need to go into it knowing that you are a part of RTVE’s project that they control.
What do you think about Blas Cantó’s upcoming “Voy a Quedarme” revamp for Eurovision? What changes do you think should be made to the song? Let us know in the comment section below!