Blas Cantó’s journey to Eurovision hasn’t been a particularly easy one. His Eurovision entry “Voy a quedarme” channels the grief he feels for his grandmother, who passed away last year due to Covid. Now he’s faced particularly hurtful comments from some of the commentators on Norway’s official Eurovision preview show Adresse Rotterdam.
One of the commentators explained how Blas has lost his grandmother and father during the year, which led others on the panel to laugh. Spain’s singer was clearly not amused.
“I can’t rebuild my soul watching things like this,” he wrote on Twitter. “Nobody knows what I’m going through, nor the effort I’m making even to stay alive. I don’t blame them, I’m sure they feel perfectly well. All my love, always.”
No puedo reconstruir mi alma viendo cosas como esta. Nadie sabe por lo que estoy pasando ni el esfuerzo que hago incluso para seguir vivo.
No les culpo, seguro que ellos están perfectamente. ?
Todo mi amor siempre. ?? https://t.co/ozw2yEiceo
— Blas Cantó (@BlasCanto) May 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Norwegian broadcaster NRK issued an apology and published a post on Twitter as well:
“We have noticed some discussions online regarding the pre-Eurovision Show Adresse Rotterdam where the panel reviewing this year’s entries for Eurovision were caught off guard when they learned about Blas Cantó’s personal losses after reviewing his song.”
“The panel had no knowledge of Blas’ story beforehand and came off as insensitive when reviewing his song. Please know that it was not the panel’s intention, and they were moved when they heard the sad story. Today, Norway’s head of delegation sent an email to Spain’s head of delegation addressing the issue. Our sympathies to Blas, and best of luck in the Grand Finale on Saturday! ¡Vamos Spain!”
— Melodi Grand Prix (@NRKmgp) May 19, 2021
Eurovision stars back Blas Cantó
The story generated a fresh wave of sympathy towards Blas from both the fans and media in Spain. Past Eurovision stars also chimed in with encouraging messages.
Eurovision 2014 icon Ruth Lorenzo wrote: “Frivolity surrounds us, we cannot help it. We cannot blame those whose souls are flooded by their lack of empathy. Sadly, there are two sides in this world: those who love and have light, and those who only look out for themselves and don’t share others’ pain. I love you Blas, keep your light on.”
La frivolidad nos rodea no podemos evitarlo. No podemos culpar a los que la falta de empatía les inunda el alma, desgraciadamente hay dos bandos en este mundo. Los que aman y tienen luz y los que solo ven su propio ombligo y no sienten el dolor ajeno. Te amo Blas sigue siendo LUZ
— R U T H (@RuthLorenzo) May 19, 2021
Pastora Soler also shared her love: “Don’t look at the others, look at yourself and all the love you give. Don’t let anything or anyone take this special moment from you. May the empty hearts fulfil yours.”
No mires a los lados, mírate tú y todo el amor que das y que eres.. que nada ni nadie te robe este momento tan especial.. que los corazones vacíos no hagan más que llenar más el tuyo.. Vamos mi niño ??
— Pastora Soler (@PastoraSoler) May 19, 2021
A number of artists, including former Operación Triunfo stars Ricky Merino and Agoney, also shared their love with Blas.
What do you think? Are you sending Blas extra love today? Do you understand why the Norwegian panel might have been caught off guard?