Blas Cantó, a 27-year-old singer known to Spanish audiences as a previous finalist for the Eurojunior song competition, will represent Spain at the 2020 Eurovision song contest in Rotterdam.
Spain’s RTVE (Radiotelevisión Española) announced that Cantó had been chosen via an internal selection process, which has replaced the television network’s “road to Eurovision,” a pre-Eurovision reality show that allowed viewers to vote on who would represent the country at the competition. This year, RTVE announced that rather taking a risk on unknowns, the Spain would have a contestant already “backed by a musical career.”
Cantó, who is from Murcia, was a member of a boy band, Auryn, and as a solist won the Antena 3 TV reality competition Tu Cara Me Suena in 2017. His first solo album, Complicado, on Warner Music Spain, was released in 2018.
Spain, who last year was represented by the artist known as Miki, came in 22nd out of 26 contestants at the 2019 Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv. Spain won Eurovision in 1968 (Massiel’s “La La, La”) and again in 1969 (“Salomé’s Vivo Cantando”.) It marked the contest’s first consecutive win, but Spain has never won again.
This year’s contest, the 65th Eurovision extravaganza, will take place May 12, 14 and 16 in Rotterdam. Spain is the second country to announce its contestant, after Belgium (which will be represented by the group Hooverphonic).