He rose to fame as runner-up on the first season of Operación Triunfo and has gone on to sell over five million records around the world.
And now David Bisbal – who was a backing vocalist for Rosa Lopez at Eurovision 2002 – has offered his support to Spain’s Eurovision 2017 act Manel Navarro, who came last in the Grand Final with only five points.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El País, David spoke from the heart, saying: “In the face of criticism, keep fighting and working for your dreams.”
Indeed, despite a barrage of memes and attacks from the Spanish press, Bisbal suggests Manel should look at the positives of the situation.
“Eurovision is a boost for new artists, it’s a golden opportunity. Julio Iglesias was just starting out when he represented Spain,” he says. Igelsias went on to sell 350 million records worldwide after placing fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest 1970.
Bisbal isn’t totally immune to the negative effects a poor result at Eurovision can have on your career, but despite that remains upbeat about the contest.
“Almost all singers who have participated historically have sought the same opportunity the contest offers. It’s nice to start with that dream.”
Now as a fully fledged artist, however, Bisbal wouldn’t consider returning to the Eurovision stage, and making the jump from backing to lead vocal like Israel’s Imri Ziv.
Instead, he’s on the promo tour for his sixth album, Hijos del Mar, which topped the Spanish charts when it was released last year.
SPAIN AT EUROVISION 2018
After going off air in 2011, Operación Triunfo is set to return in 2018, with a new budget from TVE of €10.2 million. The move has fuelled suggestions from fans that the show will be used as the national selection for Eurovision 2018, hoping to achieve Spanish success based on an unknown talent, a model which worked well for Germany in 2010.
When the show was originally used as Spain’s national selection between 2002-2004, the nation placed in the top 10 three consecutive times. The nation’s only top 10 results since came courtesy of Pastora Soler in 2012 and Ruth Lorenzo in 2014.