Blas Cantó Moreno (born 26 October 1991 in Ricote, Murcia) is a Spanish singer and songwriter.[1][2] He rose to prominence as a member of the Spanish band Auryn. In 2017, he embarked on a solo career. His debut studio album Complicado was released in September 2018, the album peaked at number one on the Spanish Albums Chart. He was going to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam,[3] with the song "Universo" but the competition was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He represented Spain instead in Eurovision Song Contest 2021[4][5] with the song "Voy a quedarme".

Blas Cantó
Birth nameBlas Cantó Moreno
Born (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 30)
Ricote, Region of Murcia, Spain
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2000—present
LabelsWarner Music Spain

BiographyEdit

2000–2004: BeginningsEdit

In 2000, Cantó participated in the children's talent show Veo Veo, at eight-years old.[1][6] In 2004, he participated in Eurojunior, the national selection process organised by Televisión Española (TVE) to select the Spanish entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004. He advanced to the national final with the song "Sentir", but lost to María Isabel, who went on to win the European final with the song "Antes muerta que sencilla".

2009–2016: AurynEdit

In 2009, Cantó founded the boy band Auryn together with Álvaro Gango, Carlos Marco, David Lafuente and Dani Fernández.[1] In 2011, the band participated in Destino Eurovisión, the national selection process organised by TVE to select the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The band advanced to the national final's top three, but lost in the televote to Lucía Pérez.

Auryn went on to gain popularity after their appearance on Destino Eurovisión. The band released their first single "Breathe in the Light" later in 2011, as well as their debut album Endless Road, 7058, both reaching the top 10 of the Spanish Singles and Albums Charts respectively.[7] Their follow-up album Anti-Heroes was released in 2013 and went straight to number one on the Spanish Albums Chart and was certified platinum. Their third album Circus Avenue was preceded by the group's first number one single "Puppeteer", and reached number one on the Spanish Albums Chart where it stayed for 5 consecutive weeks, as well as a platinum certification. The band released their fourth album Ghost Town in December 2015, seven months before going on hiatus.[7]

2016–2017: Tu Cara Me SuenaEdit

In July 2016, Cantó was announced to join the cast of the fifth season of television show Tu Cara Me Suena of the singing show series Your Face Sounds Familiar, in which celebrity contestants impersonate a different iconic music artist on stage each week. Shortly after, Auryn announced that they were going into hiatus, as various members of the band, including Cantó, were expecting to launch solo projects.[8] The fifth season of Tu cara me suena premiered on Antena 3 on 7 October 2016. In the season finale that took place on 3 March 2017, he was declared the winner with 55% of the televote.[9]

Performances

  Points
  Maximum points
Perf. # Song Original performer Jury Public Final points
Carlos
Latre
Lolita
Flores
Chenoa Àngel
Llàcer
Total
1 "Como yo te amo"[10] Raphael 8 7 10 10 35 (9) 10 19
2 "Greased Lightning"[11] John Travolta
(Grease)
10 10 10 10 40 (10) 10 20
3 "Can't Stop the Feeling!"[12] Justin Timberlake 12 12 11 11 46 (12) 12 24
4 "Sola"[13]
(Training VIP)
Diana Navarro 12 12 12 12 48 (12) 12 24
5 "Stay With Me".[14] Sam Smith 9 10 10 6 35 (10) 10 20
6 "Livin' la Vida Loca"[15] Ricky Martin 9 10 10 9 38 (10) 12 22
7 "Qué voy a hacer con mi amor"[16] Alejandro Fernández 11 9 11 10 41 (10) 11 21
8 "Believe"[17] Cher 12 11 10 12 45 (12) 12 24
9 "Feeling Good"[18] Michael Bublé 10 11 9 11 41 (11) 11 22
10 "S.O.S"[19]
(Training VIP)
Falete 12 12 12 12 48 (12) 12 24
11 "La Bohème"[20] Charles Aznavour 9 11 11 12 43 (11) 11 22
12 "Purple Rain"[21]
(Bring a Friend)
with Roko
Prince & Beyoncé 11 8 11 6 36 (9) 11 20
13 "Ave María"[22] Andrea Bocelli 7 6 7 5 25 (5) 12 17
14 "Somebody to Love"[23] Freddie Mercury (Queen) 11 11 12 12 46 (11) 12 23
15 "Libre"[24] Nino Bravo 10 10 10 9 39 (10) 9 19
1st semi-final "Left Outside Alone[25] Anastacia 12 12 12 12 48 (12) 12 24
2nd semi-final "Quisiera yo saber"[26]
(Exhibition performance)
Melendi Qualified to the final from 1st semi-final.
Final "¿Y cómo es él?" Marc Anthony
(cover of a song by José Luis Perales)
Winner of the 5th series

2017–present: Solo careerEdit

After signing to Warner Music Spain, Cantó released his debut solo single "In Your Bed" on 3 March 2017, the same day as the finale of Tu Cara Me Suena.[27]

On 9 March 2018, Cantó released his first solo Spanish-language single, "Él no soy yo".[28] The single went on to achieve a PROMUSICAE platinum certification. Cantó released his debut solo album, titled Complicado, on 14 September 2018, and debuted atop the Spanish Albums Chart.[29]

On 5 October 2019, TVE announced Cantó as the Spanish entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[3] He was going to compete with the song "Universo". After the contest was cancelled, TVE announced that Cantó would represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

On 29 June 2021, following his participation at Eurovision, Cantó released the single "Americana" featuring the Californian band Echosmith. The official video of the single was released the same day on his official YouTube channel. One month later, a lyric video of the song was released, this version as a solo single with lyrics fully in Spanish.

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

2020Edit

On 5 October 2019, TVE announced Cantó as the Spanish entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[3] He was going to compete with the song "Universo". After the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus global pandemic, TVE announced that Cantó would represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

2021Edit

For the 2021 finals, titled "Destino Eurovisión 2021", he has proposed various songs and two were chosen for the final to be picked from: "Memoria" and "Voy a quedarme". The final was held on 20 February 2021, with "Voy a quedarme" winning and being chosen to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. In the final on 22 May 2021, he placed 24th out of 26, scoring 6 points.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details Peak position
SPA
[30]
Complicado
  • Released: 14 September 2018
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Warner Music Spain
1

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SPA
[31]
LTU
[32]
NLD
[33]
"In Your Bed" 2017 57 Complicado
"Drunk and Irresponsible"
"Él no soy yo" 2018 35
"No volveré (A seguir tus pasos)"
"Si te vas" 2019 Complicados (Complicado reissue)
"Universo" 2020 non-album singles
"Memoria" 2021
"Voy a quedarme" 87 [a]
"Americana (feat. Echosmith)"
"El Bueno Acaba Mal" 2022
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  1. ^ "Voy a quedarme" did not enter the Dutch Single Top 100, but peaked at number 23 on the Single Tip chart.[35]

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Mi luz"
(Pastora Soler featuring Blas Cantó)
2020 Sentir
"I Dare You (Te Reto a Amar)"
(Kelly Clarkson featuring Blas Cantó)
non-album singles
"Cúrame"
(Nia featuring Blas Cantó)
2021
"La stessa lingua"
(Emma Muscat featuring Blas Cantó)
2022

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Complicado" 2018 Complicado
"Dejarte ir"
(featuring Leire Martínez)
2019

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Category Nominee/work Result Ref.
2017 LOS40 Music Awards New Artist of the Year Blas Cantó Nominated [36]
Video of the Year "In Your Bed" Nominated
2018 "Él no soy yo" Nominated [37]
2019 Album of the Year Complicado Nominated [38]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (18 March 2020). "Spain: Blas Cantó Accepts TVE'S Invitation To Be Eurovision 2021 Representative". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ Kelly, Emma (11 February 2021). "Eurovision 2021: Who is competing in the Song Contest this year?". Metro. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
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  8. ^ "Auryn se separa temporalmente tras el fichaje de Blas por 'Tu cara me suena'". El Español (in Spanish). 28 July 2016. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
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  10. ^ Antena 3 (2016). "Blas Cantó se convierte en Raphael y canta 'Como yo te amo'". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ Faro de Vigo (8 October 2016). "'Tu cara me suena' bate récords de audiencia en su estreno". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  12. ^ Europa FM (22 October 2016). "Blas Cantó gana la tercera gala de 'Tu cara me suena' imitando a Justin Timberlake". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  13. ^ Rosado, Juan Carlos (9 February 2017). "Ángel Llácer faltará a 'Tu cara me suena' por primera vez en la historia del programa". Diario de Córdoba. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
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  18. ^ Álvarez, Isra (7 October 206). "'Tu cara me suena': los clones más famosos regresan con su quinta temporada". 20 minutos. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  19. ^ Vertele (13 December 2016). "TCMS: Vistazo a Blas Cantó de Falete y Yolanda Ramos como David El Gnomo". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  20. ^ Watsup (31 December 2016). "Blas Cantó imita a Charles Aznavour – Tu Cara Me Suena". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Blas Cantó y Roko imitan a Prince y Beyoncé - Tu Cara Me Suena". OON. 2017. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  22. ^ Ruiz, David. "Blas Cantó: "La inspiración me viene mientras me ducho"". Diez minutos. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  23. ^ Exclusiva Digiatal (4 February 2017). "La magistral imitación que hizo Blas Cantó de Freddie Mercury, le da la victoria de la 14ª gala de 'Tu cara me suena'". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  24. ^ España Diario (11 February 2017). "El cantante interpretará un tema de Anastacia en la semifinal de 'Tu cara me suena'". Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  25. ^ La Voz de Galicia (18 February 2017). "Blas Cantó arrasa en "Tu cara me suena" y allana su camino para ganar el concurso". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
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  31. ^ https://www.elportaldemusica.es/
  32. ^ "2021 21-os SAVAITĖS (gegužės 21-27 d.) SINGLŲ TOP100" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 28 May 2021. Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
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Preceded by Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
Succeeded by
Himself
with "Voy a quedarme"
Preceded by
Himself
with "Universo"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2021
Succeeded by