He’s in heaven but he’s not falling. Spain’s Blas Cantó has experienced a troubled year with the passing of both his grandmother and his father. In an interview with wiwibloggs, Blas notes how his Eurovision 2021 staging reflects those sad moments.
Blas sat down with our William shortly after his second rehearsal in Rotterdam. He explained the meaning behind the giant moon on stage and how during the performance of “Voy A Quedarme” he tries to feel as if he is in heaven, next to his grandmother.
Interview: Blas Cantó at Eurovision 2021
“I feel as if I were in heaven with her […] I promised her the moon, and here is her moon”, Blas explains. Note that in Spanish, this idiom means Blas promised that he would do everything for his grandmother, and not that he promised her something which can’t be done, as it’s interpreted in English.
“The performance is about my story. That’s why I’m all in black and I don’t wear anything else. It’s just me, my passion and me”, he says.
The staging is also meant to show his grief and what a horrible experience it was for him. “When [my grandmother] died, it was the worst moment of my life. I told my mother: there are moments when I think, ‘I’m going with her'”.
“Hey, little boy, you did it”
Eurovision has been a long-time dream for Blas. Ever since he came second behind María Isabel at the Junior Eurovision 2004 Spanish selection, he has tried to get to the contest.
To Blas, the stage is his “second home”. And once he saw himself on the Rotterdam stage, he spoke to his inner child: “Hey, little boy, you did it”.
The first run-throughs were more stressful for him: “I could feel the blood in my head”. However, now he finds himself much more at ease on stage. At Wednesday’s jury rehearsal for semi-final two, Blas was even cheering up the audience before his long note.
Eurovision is just another step in Blas Cantó’s career. He’s a regular on Spanish radios, and has participated in multiple television shows. “I’m working to have a career”, he insists, and that goes beyond his result on Saturday.
What did you make our interview with Blas Cantó? How do you think he’s going to do in the final? Do you connect with his feelings on stage? Let us know in the comment section below!