As day six of rehearsals draws to a close, Spain’s Blas Cantó is last up to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal of “Voy a quedarme” ahead of Eurovision 2021.
Spain’s Blas Cantó “Voy a quedarme” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: This is perhaps the biggest surprise of the day. Blas Cantó has come out of nowhere with a revamped version of “Voy a quedarme”. He starts out the first verse completely a cappella with the piano joining in during the pre-chorus. Then in the second verse, we hear a thumping drum beat and a staccato passage from the more prominent string section. It adds a modern element of dynamism to this otherwise classic and formulaic ballad. And Blas’ vocal is good throughout — he hits the falsetto notes effortlessly, without sounding screechy. The simplicity of this staging is a bit of a fakeout, too. It starts off as a starry night with a lunar eclipse on the screen, then in the final chorus, just when we thought we’d seen the largest staging prop gimmick of the year in the form of the UK’s trumpets, Spain hits us with an enormous moon descending from the ceiling. For video game fans, think The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Spain isn’t headed for victory with this song, but that final moment will certainly be memorable.
Padraig: It’s the very last first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. And while it might not be a case of saving the best for last, Spain have certainly upped their game. Blas live performance is even more emotional than before, and the new acapella intro is a nice touch. The staging is simply splendid. The crooner is bathed in blue as plumes of dry ice slowly envelope the stage. A total eclipse happens behind him, while the stars glitter. The eclipse clear to reveal a gigantic full moon. And it’s not an LED marvel or a digital illusion. They’ve brought an actual moon to Rotterdam and hung it above Blas’ head. The number creates an emotional moment. But the problem is that many others have done so too, and in a much more impactful way.
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