Spain’s RTVE may use Operación Triunfo for its Eurovision 2018 national selection


Gone are the days when there was no news of RTVE’s Eurovision plans until January. Following the broadcaster’s annus horribilis, which ended with Manel Navarro coming last in Kyiv, Spain’s public television is already making plans for Eurovision 2018.

And, guess what: they may use their last successful selection method Operación Triunfo! The contest gave us Rosa, Beth and Ramón, all of whom finished in the top 10 at Eurovision.

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RTVE confirmed the news at a press conference on Wednesday morning, when they presented the new edition of the show.

Castings will begin in June and the show will take place in autumn. Right in time to select a Eurovision representative!

Yes but, why is OT a good idea?

OK, I can see you scratching your heads in front of your computers.

You may think that reviving a 15-year-old show is a bad idea. Time moves on and people’s interest does as well.

Even if I — and countless others — am not 100% confident, there are still reasons to hope. Or at least to give a half-hearted shake, shake, shake.

First, one source of hope is that RTVE is not actually in charge of the show.

Production company Gestmusic gets the job once again, just as it did 15 years ago when it created the format, which was a huge ratings success.

They have also been responsible for other large-scale productions, including the 60th anniversary of RTVE, whose stage could easily have swallowed the entire Objetivo Eurovisión arena.

Moreover, reviving the show has a strong precedent.

Last year’s Operación Triunfo – El Reencuentro, which brought the participants of the first edition back together 15 years later, received a great reception from the country — and once again achieved stellar ratings.

The reunion series was a major talking point, even landing in several news bulletins. OT, el concierto — the live concert at the end of it —  exceeded all expectations, smashing the ratings and generating plenty of social media buzz.

More than five million viewers watched on television — representing a 30% TV share. The concert trended worldwide on Twitter. And devotees stood outside of Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi for up to one week hoping to snag the first seats. There’s clearly passion for the series even now.

Operación Triunfo is expected to last three months if it’s successful. That gives viewers time to get to know the participants, which has the potential to keep audiences tuning in week after week. And that’s important given that this year’s Eurovision selection pretty much tanked.

The show will happen, but RTVE hasn’t decided whether it will send the winner to Eurovision.

Some will view it as a risky move, but hey: After Manel’s last-place finish this year, the only way is up.

What do you think of Operación Triunfo? Should RTVE choose their representative through the show in the end? And if they do could Spain possibly avoid last place in 2018? Let us know below!