A Spanish surprise closes the day

Blas Cantó, Spain, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 13 May 2021 — EBU / Thomas Hans
Blas Cantó, Spain, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 13 May 2021

And our first look at the 2021 entrants draws to a close with Spain. I like this, and I like Blas. More than that I like Spain at Eurovision and I think they’ve not always been justly rewarded for what they’ve sent. I so want to see a Spanish win after all these years, (just) longer than my entire lifetime!

But it won’t be this year, as much as I enjoy this entry.

But wait! Spain has pulled perhaps the biggest surprise of all, as the arrangement is completely different to any version we’ve heard so far. Blas starts a-capella before there’s a beat driving this forward. I feel I need to hear it again as it’s caught me so unawares.

Spain also pulls an enormous moony – a giant inflatable moon that hangs behind Blas.

This has completely taken me by surprise. I can’t wait for the next rehearsal. I know many, indeed most, viewers won’t hear this until the night, and be unaware of a previous version, but for fans used to hearing a song done one way, getting used to a new way with little time to adjust might be a big ask. I can only imagine the frenzy among the Spanish fans right now!

Monty x

Image Credits: EBU / Thomas Hans.