With the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo 2018 due to start in just five days times, the show’s producers have confirmed something long suspected. OT 2018 will also serve as the national selection to pick Spain‘s act for Eurovision 2019
The news was confirmed this morning at a press conference. The official OT Twitter account broke the news to fans, saying, “CONFIRMED: This year’s Eurovision representative will also come from Operción Triunfo.”
— OT 2018 (@OT_Oficial) September 14, 2018
The news also confirms that Spain intends to participate in Eurovision 2018. This leaves the UK and Italy as the only remaining members of the Big Five still to officially confirm for Tel Aviv.
The OT 2018/Eurovision 2019 connection had been suspected ever since May. Back then, fans noted a clause in the contract that aspiring contestants had to agree to. The clause noted that contestants may be picked to represent Spain at Eurovision 2018.
The advanced warning will ensure there isn’t a repeat of this iconic moment from OT 2017, when the contestants discovered that one (or more) of them would be representing Spain at Eurovision 2018. Fortunately, Alfred and Amaia got over their initial reservations around Eurovision and gave Spain a performance to be proud of. (Also, Agoney a Eurovisión!)
There may be more changes coming to the Eurovision Gala of OT 2018. Toni Sevilla — TVE’s director of content, channels and programmes — told the press conference that the structure of the Eurovision selection process has not yet been decided and that the network is considering many possibilities.
But one point was clear. The show producers will give songwriters a longer time to create the songs, aiming to create the best possible entries.
Spain’s song for Lisbon was selected at the OT 2017 Eurovision Gala. Amaia and Alfred’s touching love song “Tu canción” won with 43% of the vote. However, that success was not repeated in Lisbon, where it only placed 23rd.
The Eurovision Gala also produced “Lo malo”, a sassy duet performed by Ana Guerra and Aitana. The song spent five weeks at No.1 in the Spanish singles chart and is considered to be the huge hit of the 2018 summer.
The new series of Operación Triunfo 2018 will begin next Wednesday, September 19. In the first episode, viewers will meet the 18 candidates who are hoping for admission to the famous academy. And one or more of those acts may very well end up on stage in Tel Aviv next May.
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