Producers in Spain have breathed fresh life into their Eurovision 2018 dreams, reviving their old (and rather successful) selection method Operación Triunfo.
And while we already knew that the show would choose the country’s singer, today RTVE outlined precisely how — including the fact the public will choose the winner on its own (and without a potentially controversial jury).
???ESPAÑA EN EUROVISIÓN 2018???:
Toooooda la info aquí ? https://t.co/dqD3XBJE9s
1. Sólo los 5 finalistas de @OT_Oficial competirán por ser el candidato
2. Habrá una gala especial
3. Tú decides
4. Será antes de la final de OT pic.twitter.com/CtwsVqmDRl
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) December 20, 2017
Although the Eurovision selection will occur through OT, it is not the grand prize of the show. In fact, the Eurovision gala night will occur before the final of OT and be contested by the final 5 OT singers. A date has not yet been set.
Each artist will perform a song written by a “prestigious” songwriter. The academy’s teachers will decide which song each finalist will sing. During the actual gala night, the audience will (100%) decide the winner — no doubt a move to make amends for last year’s highly controversial jury vote.
Writing on the RTVE web site, producers say that the show offers “the best sample of new artists in our country” and recounted the historical success of the program — both in terms of finding talent and generating buzz.
“[It is a] successful format that recalls and recovers the spirit of the first edition of the talent show with which Rosa López obtained 7th place in [Eurovision 2002].”
For weeks, we’ve been telling you how much we’re enjoying this revival. OT has managed to win over the hearts of Spaniards with their contestants’ evolution and charisma. So many of Spain’s most beloved singers have taken part in the ‘academia’ and Amaia — one of the contestants — has already become a viral phenomenon.
RTVE referenced the success of the series today.
“Operación Triunfo has returned to generate a phenomenon of success that promotes values of effort and development, a bet on new performers…”
“In addition, it has become a program that generates intense activity on social networks — it is a trending topic every day and one that has established an emotional bond with the audience.”
From 2002 to 2004, OT was used as Spain’s Eurovision selection, resulting in three solid years of top-ten finishes.