Our final rehearsal today is Spain, who are being represented by Blas Cantó. Blas will be singing the song ‘Voy a quedarme’ in this year’s competition.
What did we make of Spain’s rehearsal?
The performance starts with Blas – in a black satin shirt – in a dim blue light, singing the first half of the song acapella. There are a lot of camera pans around Blas as the instrumentation kicks in with added whistles. The chorus then sees the lights become brighter, as Blas stays centre stage surrounded in smoke. The backdrop is initially black, but then shows a solar eclipse explodes with stars at the end of the first chorus, which gradually become supernova-like as the song progresses.
The second verse sees more far away shots and as Blas walks to the front of the stage, we see he is underneath a giant moon that is being suspended from the roof of the arena. Blas’ voice stays true throughout and as he becomes louder and does more vocal runs, the stage lights go from blue to yellow and gold. In the falsetto moment, the stage explodes with light as Blas walks to the left-hand corner of the stage. The final seconds of the performance see Blas return to singing a capella, as the moon eventually turns red – signifying a lunar eclipse…or Latvia’s song.
Now, what does the team make of Spain’s rehearsal?
Rory: Overall, I did really enjoy this staging and it’s certainly something we’ve not seen in Rotterdam yet! Vocally, Blas sounded pitch perfect and didn’t hit any wrong notes. This is a graduated version of what we had seen in Destino Eurovisión, but it’s definitely different enough to be seen as “memorable” on the stage in the final. I’m really excited to see how Spanish Eurofans react to this – they are Spain’s biggest critic.
Jazzi: This has clearly been revamped and it has a lot more impact now. He starts and ends the song a capella, the effects on this the backdrop are pretty stunning, Blas seemed vocally on point! I feel now is the time to say all the Big 5 really delivered today in terms of their staging and it makes me even more excited for May 22nd.
Rosie: Spain have taken their national final staging and elevated it beautifully, with a new instrumental that works with the song. Him starting and ending the song a cappella is a brave choice, but a great one for a voice like his. He sounds fantastic. I still worry that the song might get forgotten about, but Spain has done everything they can to get this a good result. It’s just how it measures up on the night!
News Source: EBU/ That Eurovision Site