Spain does not have a national final anymore, formerly the show “Operación Triunfo” has been taken as a platform to find the singer and song for the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Spanish broadcaster RTVE has made an internal choice last year already and remain with the choice taking Blas Cantó to Eurovision. Blas has always dreamed of taking part in the ESC.
The 29-years-old singer Blas Cantó was born in Ricote, Region Murcia in South East Spain and has Nicaraguan roots. After finishing school Blas went to a music conservatory learned to play the piano and trumpet. In 2004 he has been participating in the Eurojunior show, a national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Sentir” . Later in 2009 he was part of the boy group Auryn together with Álvaro Gango, Carlos Marco, David Lafuente and Dani Fernández. With this band a truly success story began, Auryn has released four very successful albums and various singles, top chart positions, it was one of the most desired bands at that time in Spain. With songs like “Breathe in the light” . Auryn also took part in the national final 2011 with “Volver” and came third after Lucia Pérez.
Blas, who is living in Madrid now, started his solo career with his debut album “Complicado”, which became number one in Spain, the first single "Él no soy yo" reached platinum status and has over 74 million clicks on YouTube so far.
There is a very nice version of the song “Complicado” in an acoustic version.
This year’s song for Spain is called “Voy A Quedarme” (I will Stay) has been composed and written by the team: Blas Cantó himself, Leroy Sánchez, Daniel Ortega and Dan Hammond. The song is a love song, dedicated to his grandmother who passed away. The video clip is smooth and touching and has a great impact. Compared to “Universo” the song has more depth. These kind of songs have always come from Spain, so stylistically there is nothing new, unfortunately.
Top 10: 28
Chances for Top 10: 47%
Spain joined the Eurovision family in 1961 with the debut song “Estando Contigo” by Conchita Bautista, which reached the 9th place in Cannes. From that time Spain has participated every year on a regular basis, so this year it is going to be the 60th year to see Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Like France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, Spain belongs the Big 5 countries. That means these countries are directly qualified for the Grand Final and they don’t have pass the semi-finals. The reason for this is the financial support to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The host country Netherlands will also have the right to directly start in the Grand Final.
The most successful period for Spain was in the late 60’s and early 70’s when there were two victories and some second places. Spain was also the first country having these two victories directly after another one in 1968 “La, La, La…” by Massiel and 1969 with “Vivo Cantando” by Salomé.
The chance to reach the Top10 is 47%, as in the history Spain reached the Top10 for 28 times, out of 60 participations. Even if the Big 5 countries did not shape up that well in former years, Spain could at least make the 10th place for three times since 2004: Ramón with “Para Llenarme De Ti” in 2004, Pastora Soler with “Quédate Conmigo” in 2012 and Ruth Lorenzo with “Dancing In The Rain” in Copenhagen 2014. There were many great songs with outrageous quality both in songs and singers.
In the long history of Spanish entries there are a lot of gems. Most of the songs were sung in Spanish, while English is getting more and more used. But it’s a pity that such a country like Spain, which is often bringing high quality entries into the festival, does not win again. It’s 52 years now, since the last Spanish victory. It would be time for Spain to win the contest again. But other countries like Austria or Portugal could also be taken as a good example that everything is possible nowadays.