RTVE is mixing up the selection method for Spain’s entry in Tel Aviv. While keeping Operación Triunfo as the base for it, things have substantially changed from last year: no more performances created in just one week!
Instead, having proven OT was an audience success, but a results fail, RTVE is trying to make a more comprehensive and (apparently) more thoughtful selection process which will begin in November.
On November 1, RTVE will open submissions for songs from any author. Those submitting their entries may also pick their preferred singer between the 16 participants of OT 2018, although it won’t necessarily be binding. Submissions will close on November 15.
Parallel to that, RTVE will also invite established artists and songwriters to create songs for the contestants. From both the open submissions and the invited authors, RTVE will pick 10 songs of each.
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Once all 20 songs are selected, the Operación Triunfo contestants will record them, and an online vote will begin on RTVE.es. The three most popular acts will directly qualify to the Eurovision Gala, while a panel composed of music experts and two professors at the Academy will select up to seven other songs.
Finally, RTVE will stage the Eurovision Gala. Just like last year, there won’t be a jury vote. But in a change, there will be only one round of voting.
No dates have been set yet
Unlike last year, no dates have been set in RTVE’s announcement, bar the submissions period. According to RTVE, the 10 selected songs from the open call will have to be selected before December 1, but there’s practially no information.
With OT beginning one month earlier this year, it’s likely that the Eurovision gala will take place once the contest has finished. If last year it began mid-October and finished in early February — including the Eurovision gala — it’s likely that this year the contest should be over around Christmas.
Also, interestingly, there’s no reference to collaboration between acts. Will it be solo acts? Duos again? A supergroup maybe?
From what the broadcaster has announced, it looks like this year’s process has been better planned and thought through than last year’s. However, will it bring Spain a better result? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, as all 16 performers will be able to be selected for Eurovision, we can start fantasizing. Who’s your favourite? Who would you send to Eurovision? Would you use another duo? How about a supergroup? Let us know in the comment section below!