Operación Triunfo was a total success for Spain earlier this year. The contest drove impressive ratings for RTVE for three months and gave RTVE its best Eurovision ratings in years…despite Amaia and Alfred’s flop.
And now RTVE have launched the castings for Operación Triunfo 2018. A clause in the contestants’ contract explains that they may be picked to represent Spain at Eurovision.
Over the past few weeks, aspiring contestants were asked to send in a cover of any song performed in any edition of Operación Triunfo. And the people responded, submitting 10,000 videos.
The computer of Noemí Galera, the head of Castings and director of ‘La academia’, couldn’t quite handle it.
— OT 2018 (@OT_Oficial) May 23, 2018
In this phase, those behind the best covers were given a direct pass to the second stage of the castings. That may not seem particularly dramatic, but hey: the other option would be making the artists queue for hours under the sizzling Spanish sun in June, so no thank you.
In-person castings begin on Wednesday May 30 in Barcelona, and will conclude on July 10 in Madrid. The OT team, led by Noemí Galera will also visit Alicante, València, Palma, San Sebastián, Vigo, Tenerife, Málaga and Sevilla. Casi na pal cuerpo!
Then all of those who passed the covers segment and the in-person castings will compete against each other in a series of casting rounds. In the end only 18 will become part of the OT 2018 family. The livestream will return — and with it the world’s top trending items — and a new gala will air every week. WE CANNOT WAIT!
OT 2017: Relive the castings while you wait for OT 2018
Meanwhile, the official OT channel has been uploading the first castings of last year’s contestants. That, of course, includes Amaia and Alfred. Are you up for 30 minutes of a very tanned Amaia singing “Fly me to the moon”?
Or maybe you’re more into Alfred’s take on Salvador Sobral’s “Amar pelos dois”? His video shows how unique and different he is from the very first minute.
OT has proven gold for the Spanish broadcaster. Even though Almaia didn’t do quite as well as expected, Eurovision 2018 has been the most successful edition for RTVE in ages.
More than 7 million Spaniards watched the show — or 7,170,000 to be more precise — representing a total share of 43.5%. Manel Navarro only managed 3,918,000 viewers (a 27.2% share) in 2017, while Barei pulled 4,292,000 viewers and a 29.8% share in 2016.
The buzz generated during the show put RTVE back in the media spotlight — a place it hadn’t been in quite some time. Prior to OT, the Entertainment division of Spain’s public broadcaster felt as lacklustre as their staging at Eurovision. But now the glitter and gleam is back!
So what do you think of OT 2018? Do you think RTVE will pick its representative via the talent show? Should they do it? What do you think about Spain’s chances next year? And will RTVE finally get the staging right for Eurovision? Let us know in the comment section below!