Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and without a wi-fi connection), then you’re aware that Spanish fans have transferred their intensity and Eurodrama to another show: Operación Triunfo, aka OT 2017.
Tonight we’ll know the names of the first four finalists, with the last one coming next week. The five finalists will compete in a special Eurovision show on January 29 singing an original song composed by “well known songwriters”.
Either Agoney, Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, Ana Guerra, Miriam or Roi will represent Spain in Lisbon, and here’s who we think should make the national final.
Note: We are thinking ‘Eurovision appropriate’, which does not necessarily mean the ones with the best voice or the ones we consider the best artists. This post features the opinions of more than one wiwiblogger and we’re commenting on them here in random order.
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Aitana – “Issues” at OT 2017 week 3
Poor Aitana didn’t start well at Operación Triunfo. She was the first singer to perform in the first show (that’s Gala 0) and she missed one line because she couldn’t hear the music. Despite that misstep, this 18-year old from Barcelona has grown in confidence and improved her performance skills week after week.
She was the first favourite of the edition after singing “No puedo vivir sin ti” with Cepeda, which led to the ‘Aiteda’ shipping. Ever since, we’ve seen her sing songs from top artists like Adele, Sia, Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa. Her style is probably the most chart-friendly of them all, although she has also mastered ballads. Check out her rendition of Adele’s “Chasing pavements”.
Aitana – “Chasing pavements” at OT 2017 week 8
Agoney & Raoul – “Manos vacías” at OT 2017 week 7
Agoney was one half of the most mythical performance of the edition. He sang Miguel Bosé’s “Manos vacías” with Raoul and they did the first love duet between two guys in the history of Spanish TV – even with a kiss at the end!
Agoney – “Je suis venu te dire que je me’n vais” at OT 2017 week 8
21-years old Agoney has a smooth and soft voice, which at times reaches the highest heights. He does the falsetto, he can sing and dance at the same time and he’s got class. Give him anything, from a pop banger to a power ballad, he’ll slay it!
Ana Guerra, mostly known as Ana War, wasn’t really a big name at the beginning of the contest. In fact, her first performance was a hot mess and she was nominated a couple of times until she sang “La Bikina”, a popular song from Mexico.
Ana War – “La bikina” at OT 2017 week 5
Since then Ana War has been one of the hot favourites and she’s turned the song’s line “Altanera, preciosa y orgullosa” (haughty, precious and proud) into the official motto of Spain in 2017.
She brings the Latin flavour to this year’s field. She’s given the most energetic performances of the year and even managed to survive Fleur East’s “Sax”. Not too many people can say that!
Ana War – “Sax” at OT 2017 week 8
Amaia – “Across the universe” at OT 2017 week 7
Amaia has been the big favourite ever since she stepped on the OT stage. She’s pure magic, mixing a silky, soft, sweet voice with great stage presence. Amaia doesn’t only sing: she composes, plays the piano and most importantly: she PERFORMS.
Over the last few weeks, Amaia hadn’t really been in the spotlight, as she had been given songs that people didn’t really consider complicated for her, like “Across the universe” in Week 7 or Marisol’s “Me conformo” the week after. But that all changed on January 2, when she nailed Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it out”, as we already commented.
Amaia – “Shake it out” at OT 2017 week 9
Is Alfred Spain’s answer to Salvador Sobral? Many people believe so, and therefore some claim he would not be a good representative as it would come across as a copy of last year’s winner. However, Alfred’s artistry makes him a star of his own.
Alfred – “Amar pelos dois” at OT 2017 week 4
Alfred has been the audience’s favourite twice during the contest, just like Aitana and one time less than Amaia. Actually, these three are the contestants who have been voted the favourites the most.
He has already expressed his interest in Eurovision, and not only that, he says he wants to be a part of the process of writing his potential entry. In fact, he has already composed a bunch of songs inside the academy.
During these last weeks, the jury has deemed him as “not so versatile” but we have to disagree. How can you say that of a person who can take Salvador Sobral, Michael Jackson, Álvaro Soler and this Spanish rock classic?
Alfred – “Insurrección” at OT 2017 week 9
It’s all A’s, as you see! Do you think we have guessed the national final line-up? Who else do you want to see? How do you think their songs should be? Tell us in the comment section below!