Eurovision is all about bringing artists from different countries together through music. And although this year’s acts haven’t been able to get physically close to each other, that hasn’t stopped the musical collaborations. Spain’s Eurovision 2021 star Blas Cantó has brought on board the United Kingdom’s James Newman for an acoustic version of “I’ll Stay”.
“I’ll Stay” is the English-language version of Blas’ Eurovision 2021 entry “Voy a quedarme”.
The Spanish star previously released a solo rendition of “I’ll Stay”. Now, Blas has decided that it would also sound great as a duet.
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James Newman has the honour of starting things off. Blas joins him for the chorus and then takes over for the second verse.
The pair predominantly sing in unison during the chorus, but with Blas singing an octave higher than James. They add in some harmonies for the final few notes of the song.
This collaboration keeps the acoustic style of Blas’ solo version. The two Eurovision stars are largely accompanied by piano with the addition of some string instruments from the second verse onward.
Blas Cantó (feat. James Newman) – “I’ll Stay”
The accompanying music video features Blas and James singing from different locations. James performs in front of a series of vertical bars that give off a cool pale blue light. Meanwhile, Blas goes for a slightly warmer aesthetic and sings in the studio with some gold fairy lights in the background.
The emotion is perhaps more evident in Blas’ eyes than James’. But considering it’s the Spanish singer’s song, it would be natural for him to connect with it more on a personal level.
Nevertheless, this acoustic rendition of “I’ll Stay” is still touching and it nicely blends together the different vocal styles of the two Eurovision stars.
What do you make of this Eurovision collaboration between James Newman and Blas Cantó? Which other artists from this year’s contest would you like to see team up and release a song together? Let us know in the comments below!