Sixteen years have passed since the doors of Operación Triunfo’s academy first opened in October 2001. But after six years of absence, the ninth edition of one of the most-watched programs in Spain is ready to hit the country — again.
The awaited comeback of RTVE’s popular talent show Operación Triunfo 2017 is happening on October 23!
The announcement took place today in Barcelona where both TVE and series producer Gestmusic — the team behind Destino Eurovision 2004 and 2011 and Spain’s ESC 2015 staging — finally explained all the details about the new edition and introduced the 2017 hopefuls.
Producers said they would reveal everything but we’re still missing one vital piece of information: will Operacion Triunfo be the Spanish selection method for Lisbon 2018? It seems like RTVE still has not decided OT‘s role on Eurovision, if any.
The new edition
Operación Triunfo’s new edition is keeping the original format and following the same nostalgic dynamics — old times are good times.
As such, a total of 18 candidates will be performing at the very first gala. But only 16 will make the cut — and the lucky ones will finally open the most famous academy’s doors.
In every show and after all the performances, the audience will select their favourite of the night, who’ll automatically be saved from nominations. A professional jury will then nominate up to four candidates who’ll face leaving the academy. But from those four, two will breathe again.
The academy’s teachers will save one act while the already saved candidates will save another one. The remaining two will then face an audience vote.
In the end, one lucky and talented contestant will win €100,000 cash!
Operación triunfo’s updates and comebacks
RTVE welcomes Roberto Leal as the new host of the new OT. But also we’re seeing a new director of the academy, Noemí Galera. She’s taking the role previously held by Nina (ESC 1989 – Spain).
However, Noemí Galera is already a veteran of OT, previously working as as casting director, jury member and OT deputy director. But she acknowledges she has Nina on speed-dial —”I will need to call Nina on more than one occasion to ask her what to do”
Among the academy’s teachers, we find Guille Milkyway, the lead singer of Spanish electropop band La Casa Azul. They were close to representing Spain in 2008 with their song “La revolución sexual” (The sexual revolution) but placed third in the national selection.
For all y’all hardcore fans, RTVE will also provide a 24-hour channel using different platforms and daily recaps on TVE from 20:00 – 20:30 CET, so you can’t miss anything – no excuses!
OT and Eurovision
While the connection between OT and Eurovision 2018 is still undecided, it was not so in the past. Operación Triunfo was used as Spain’s national selection from 2002 to 2004, considered the golden age of Spain at modern Eurovision. OT acts gave Spain seventh, eighth and tenth finishes in those golden years.
And even if RTVE does pick its Eurovision contestant through OT, that person may not necessarily be the winner. Of the five OT acts that have represented Spain, only Rosa won her edition of the show.
But what do you think about the upcoming edition of Operación Triunfo? Are you already excited? Do you think will RTVE choose their representative through the show in the end? Let us know below!