It’s the fifth gala show of Spain’s talent contest/reality show/Eurovision national final. At almost the halfway point, the 2018 series of Operación Triunfo feels like it’s found its place and has established its own identity. And as always, there were performances, one contestant was sent home and two face elimination next week. Let’s take a look.
This week’s elimination was between Carlos Right and Dave. Carlos performed Jason Derulo’s booty anthem “Tip Toe” — his first English-language performance on the show — while Dave tackled Vicente Feliú’s “Créeme”. In the end, the vote went in favour of Carlos, who will survive another week. We bid farewell to the pear-loving Dave.
One of the stand-out performances of the evening came from Miki. He performed “El patio”, a recent single from OT 2008 runner-up Pablo López. Miki gave a performance loaded with emotion and he solidified his position as one of the series favourites. The public voted him their fave, a 180 from two weeks ago when he was in the bottom four.
Another big performance came from Alba Reche and Famous, who duetted on a Jonas Blue-inspired version of “Fast Car”. The pair brought great energy to their performance and indicated that OT 2018 has finally started to all fit in place. Alba was voted in the audience’s top three, her fourth week in a row for the honour.
María and Noelia slayed with their sassy, saucy performance of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s”. Last week the pair had faced different fates — most popular and bottom four, respectively — but this evening they both delivered a strong, confident and entertaining performance.
Also of note, there was a lot of hype ahead of Julia and Natalia‘s performance of “Pienso en tu mirá”, but at the gala it was surprisingly lacklustre. It wasn’t bad, but just not as good as fans were expecting the two favourites to deliver.
Then it came time for the bottom four to be announced. Carlos Right‘s performance of “Tip Toe” might have been enough to save him from elimination tonight, but the jury weren’t impressed and put him in their bottom four. A fan campaign to support Sabela saw her make the top three and the jury liked her performance. However duet partner Damion didn’t have the same luck and was in the bottom four. Marilia and Marta each performed solo songs and each made the bottom four.
The Academy chose to save Marilia for her hard work and potential, while the contestants voted to save Carlos Right — a mini dramatic moment for fans, as many had expected Marta to be the favourite. This leaves Damion and Marta up to face the public vote this week. If Damion leaves, there will be eight chicas and only three chicos left in the Academy.
Operación Triunfo 2018 – Gala 5 performances
- Group performance – “Me encanta” (Icona Pop’s “I Love It”)
- Carlos Right – “Tip Toe”
- Dave – “Créeme”
- Alba Reche & Famous – “Fast Car”
- Miki – “El patio”
- María & Noelia – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
- Marta – “Y nos dieron las diez”
- Damion & Sabela – “Volar”
- Julia & Natalia – “Pienso en tu mirá”
- Marilia – “Rather Be”