Here they are! After first dropping nine demos and then streaming a couple of rehearsals with dodgy sound, Spain’s RTVE has finally released the studio versions of the nine songs which will compete in Operación Triunfo’s ‘Gala Eurovision’ on Monday.
All nine tracks were officially released on January 29, so some fans have had access to the songs for several hours — Monday comes sooner in Australia and New Zealand!
However, now that it’s past 00.00 CET, most of us can now listen to them without regional restrictions.
And here’s a handy playlist to do just that:
Operación Triunfo ‘Gala Eurovision’ Playlist
The full studio cuts reveal more shades to the songs, which now feel richer. For instance, Alfred and Amaia’s “Tu canción” finishes with an impressive string-filled crescendo.
The same goes for Aitana’s “Arde”. The third minute no longer sounds like a demo. Its climax features Aitana’s long note, a piano and some more strings, which altogether create a much needed wow moment.
Another entry which has seen a lot of changes is Alfred’s “Que nos sigan las luces”. The track is much more laid back with a rockier edge.
Alfred – “Que nos sigan las luces” second rehearsal
In some instances, the higher production values are clear. For example, with Miriam’s solo effort “Lejos de tu piel” and Aitana and Ana’s bop “Lo malo” you can tell that both songs were ready to go in English and were translated especially for Operación Triunfo.
Ana War’s “El remedio” features new sections and backing vocalists. Earlier this week, Ana wasn’t particularly comfortable with the track — too many lyrics and not enough time to breathe. Solution? Add a chorus where she yells “sí, sí, sí”!
Miriam and Agoney’s “Magia” conveys the duo’s real-life chemistry. They were BFFs inside the academy, and now they are a perfect match for this musical theatre flavoured pop-rock track.
Miriam and Agoney – “Magia” second rehearsal
Another entry with a theatrical feel to it is Amaia’s “Al cantar”. Her soft vocals dazzles — have you ever heard a sweeter “la la, la la”?
The group entry “Camina” has also been re-recorded for the occasion. It now features just five vocalists, compared to the original’s 16. Which one do you prefer?
Operación Triunfo’s Eurovision gala airs on Monday 29 January at 22.35 CET. After all the songs have been performed, the three most popular entries will qualify to a super final. Another round of voting will ensue, after which the Spanish entry for Eurovision 2018 will be selected.
The show will also feature appearances from Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst, Eurovision 2017 winning-composer Luisa Sobral and Eurovision 2017 singer Manel Navarro.
Are you excited for tonight’s show? Who is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.