Spain has just lived its most Eurodramatic night of the year (so far). Operación Triunfo’s Gala 11 is now over, and the country has gifted us the first four finalists of the show: Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, and Miriam. They — along with one other yet-to-be-determined act — will battle to sing for Spain at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
The juries and the academy’s teachers decided on the first four finalists during a three-hour show that included fabulous performances from the seven contestants (and one very dramatic elimination of Roi).
Amaia received the highest marks, securing a perfect 40 points out of 40, followed by Miriam with 36 points and Alfred with 35.
The teachers then decided to save Aitana, thus sending Agoney and Ana Guerra to the last elimination show which will happen next week. The stakes are huge: they will be the last contestants who leave the academy before the final.
But let’s now focus on the finalists! The act who received the best marks was Amaia. She’s always been the sweet girl, but tonight she oozed sexuality with her rendition of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain”. Pitch perfect vocals and attitude? This Amaia is here to stay.
Amaia sings “Love on the brain” at Gala 11
Miriam secured second place with an impressive 36 points. Her highly emotional rendition of P!nk’s “What about us?” gave us life! She felt the song as if it was hers and the audience went crazy. She kept her usual vocal control, and you could almost feel what she was feeling. Bra-va!
Miriam sings “What about us?” at Gala 11
Last but not least, the jurors also placed Alfred in the final with 35 points. His performance was anthemic. He owned Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times”, and it was among the finest performances of the night. He brought on point vocals and added his personal touch to the song. This was just amazing.
Alfred sings “Sign of the times” at Gala 11
After these three were saved, it was the teacher’s moment to save the fourth finalist. They decided to go for Aitana, who had finished fourth within the jurors’ ranking.
We are not used to seeing Aitana sing ballads, but she made everyone shed a tear with her emotional “Procuro olvidarte”. After a few weeks feeling out of place, Aitana shone bright with this song, which seemed to fit her feelings after Cepeda left the academy.
Aitana sings “Procuro olvidarte” at Gala 11
Meanwhile, Agoney and Ana Guerra will have to battle it out next week for the last slot in the final. The public will decide who gets into the final and who just misses out!
Do you agree with the result? Did anybody else deserve the right to be in the final? Are you happy with Roi being eliminated? How many finalists did you guess? Tell us in the comment section below!