Few life events impact people as much as the loss of loved ones. It’s a reality that Blas Cantó understands well, having lost both his father and his grandmother in 2020. The death of his dad made Spain’s decision to re-confirm him for Eurovision 2021 all the more powerful. “It was a miracle,” he tells me on Zoom. “I needed to perform on that stage. I needed to share my music, my soul.”

“When I was writing [“Voy a quedarme”] I lost my dad,” he explains. “It was difficult because I was on interviews, on television, I was recording something for Netflix…and it was like, ‘Oh my God, I need to escape.’ And this song gave me that escape. It was beautiful for me.”

That beauty comes through in the lyrics, which capture the intense emotions that occupy the gap between transience of life and the permanence of loss: “Stay tonight until the break of day, so that I feel your voice caressing me, stay just for one more second, there’s nothing to lose…”

But Blas’s difficult year was only starting. “I lost my grandma to Covid on the first of December,” he says. “The song gave me again that breath, and I recorded and it was so emotional for me.”

Spain’s Blas Cantó on “Voy a quedarme”

For Blas, choosing between “Voy a quedarme” and “Memoria” in the two-song national final was an easy task. “Deep inside of me I thought ‘Voy a quedarme’ was the song to sing for her, for me, for everybody on that stage. It’s been beautiful since that day.”

That has given him a unique perspective on Eurovision. “It’s beautiful,” he says. “When you tell a true story and you imagine yourself on that stage singing your truth and your situation, it’s like, ‘OK, I don’t want to win, I don’t want nothing else but singing.’ I need to express that. I need to do it. And then I go on with my career…but that moment will be forever in my heart and that’s the most important thing.”

The former Auryn boy band member also discusses what it’s like to represent Spain, which, arguably, is home to Eurovision’s most passionate and vocal fans. He sees this as a blessing.

“I think we have a great alliance,” he says. “They tell me things that I don’t figure out — things that I didn’t know, things that could make me feel better on stage. I talk with them and they are so enthusiastic. I appreciate it so very much.”

What else? Well Blas also sings the praises of his stage director Marvin Dietmann, who he says is both honest and direct, but also very kind. He sings a little bit of the English-language version. And he shares his love of Barbara Pravi before teasing the French-language version of his song.

Are you as touched by Blas’s personal story as we are? Does the meaning of the song elevate the performance to you? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
26 days ago

This interview is very beautiful. I feel sorry for the lost of his father and grandmother for him. I hope he is finding the power to go on. His song is so beautiful.and I think that the persons he’s lost will be very proud of him. Good Luck Blas !! I will vote for your beautiful song and country.

angelena
angelena
26 days ago

What a sweet and genuine person! I’ve been so touched reading more about him and his approach to queer identity. I would love for a future interview to create a supportive space for him to address his past appearances in Blackface on Tu Cara Me Suena. I feel like he would be just as thoughtful and heartfelt in reflecting on that. Much love to Blas <3 Can’t wait for the English version & to see him on stage in May!

Ricardo
Ricardo
27 days ago

I hace the rare feeling that this song will surprise everybody with not only jurys, but also televote. We all have our hearts broken by someones absence and if TVE makes it putting that on stage… Spain can easily reach a top 10

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago

I wisk good luck to Blas, he is such a sweet person, he deserves all the love, his song is beautiful, emotional, he is such a good singer, the jury couldn’t deny it, with a beautiful staging he will do well for sure, Be strong Blas, you have my support.

Last edited 27 days ago by Esc addict
Pepemartnz
Pepemartnz
27 days ago

Blas is such a sweetheart.. I hope he’ll do Great in May!!

Alex
Alex
27 days ago

He is so cute and sweet. I appreciate the lovely message of the song and how it means to him and i really hope that juries will appreciate it but i can’t see this song getting votes unless the staging performance is very moving and emotional.

Ende
Ende
27 days ago

High quality ! He has such a beautiful personality and what a great artist!