The Vine reviews ‘Voy a Quedarme’ for Spain

Song 17. Blas Canto- Voy a Quedarme

I adore this heartfelt little ballad- it’s understated, genuine and truly touching. The song has a strong ‘Adele’ feel to it in that it’s kept minimal and exposed to put our full attention on the emotions. Blas’s voice is what really makes this song for me- so unique in tone yet so moving and sweet. The minimal instrumental works really well with this ballad, putting full emphasis onto Blas, yet the layering and building up of instruments throughout the song works too. It gets the perfect mood for this heartfelt love ballad. While I’m not a fan of the gap between ‘quedar-me’, I do adore the chorus- so subtle, yet so emotive and powerful. I’m not quite sure about the backing vocals- I feel the song would work better if Blas sang alone, letting that vulnerability feed into the song’s mood- but they do add some lovely harmonies. The big notes are stunning, and the quiet ending brings us full circle, nicely tying up the song. What I love about this song is how genuine it is- there’s no cliched tricks or massive, impressive show stopping moments. It’s a tender homage to a loved one, and the interplay between the gorgeous instrumental and powerful vocal line blend together to create something truly magical in its simplicity. This is so understated, and it works so so well. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this song.

Prediction: As much as the song’s simplicity makes it work, I worry it could get swallowed up by the bigger songs. Moreso, France and Bulgaria are also bringing emotive ballads- France going for the classical approach, Bulgaria for the contemporary. I worry Blas may struggle to stand out enough to get televotes, and don’t know whether juries will go for this. I’d predict 20-26.

Photo credit: Victor M. Escudero

18. Israel- Set Me Free

19. Czech Republic- Omaga

20. Belgium- The Wrong Place

21. Croatia- Tick-Tock

22. Norway- Fallen Angel

23. Denmark- Øve Os På Hinanden

24. Latvia- The Moon is Rising

25. Sweden- Voices

26. United Kingdom- Embers

27. Romania- Amnesia

28. Ireland- Maps

29. Serbia- Loco Loco

30. Poland- The Ride

31. Greece- Last Dance

32. Australia- Technicolour

33. Germany- I Don’t Feel Hate

34. Albania- Karma

35. Austria- Amen

36. Slovenia- Amen

37. Georgia- You

38. Estonia- The Lucky One

39. Portugal- Love is on my Side

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