Did you actually think that Spain taking their selection seriously would mean less drama? Haha! In a shocking move, Operación Triunfo’s producers have fired acting professor Itziar Castro just hours before Gala 6 as she “hadn’t met the expected goals”.
Itziar Castro jumped on the OT board this year as a replacement for last year’s professors Los Javis, who stepped down last minute because they wanted to start other projects. Apparently their shoes were very hard to fill, as Itziar hasn’t managed to make it through the season.
The decision was taken unilaterally by Gestmusic — the producer of the show — as Itziar explained on her Twitter account. In a quick thread, she explained how she had left other projects to devote her time fully to OT, but also says she’s thankful for the experience and that she’d accept the job if they’d offer it to her again.
Comunicado de Prensa.
Itziar Castro – Operación Triunfo
Tras las informaciones publicadas en varios medios de comunicación acerca del despido de Itziar Castro del programa Operación Triunfo desde su oficina de… https://t.co/rxZdaUq4iB
— Itziar Castro (@ItziarCastro) October 31, 2018
Ms. Castro has worked as an actress for over 20 years, mostly in theatre and TV series. Until recently she starred on Fox’s Vis a vis — aka, Spain’s answer to Orange is the New Black — and on the film Pieles, a role which earned her a nomination in the Best New Actress category of the 2018 Goya Awards.
But apparently her CV wasn’t enough for OT’s producers, who decided that her classes didn’t meet the goals they had set. It’s a commonly held belief that this year’s Operación Triunfo contestants don’t have the same connection with the public as their predacessors from last year. But does that really all come down to Itziar’s classes?
CLASE GRUPAL con ITZIAR CASTRO (25 OCT) | OT 2018Tienes toda la información sobre OT 2018 en RTVE.ES http://www.rtve.es/television/ot/
Y también en el resto de nuestras redes sociales para estar informados de todas las novedades:
▶ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/operaciontri...
▶ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OT_Oficial
▶ Instagram: https://goo.gl/i2JocE
▶ Shootr: https://shootr.com/
The truth is that Itziar hasn’t been as popular as Los Javis were last year amongst the fans. One would like to believe that’s all up to her teaching methods, but let’s be completely honest: she has faced insults and mean comments from the beginning based on her body. Which only makes this story sadder, given that OT has been a leader in inclusion and diversity within the Spanish television.
Who will replace Itziar?
Now there are several questions: 1) how will the contestants react to Itziar’s firing and 2) Who will replace her? Operación Triunfo has confirmed the new acting professor will be revealed tomorrow, and fans are already busy guessing.
So far the most mentioned names are Los Javis, who would make a come back, and Macarena García, a well known actress for her role in La que se avecina, one of Spain’s most popular soap operas. Curiously she co-starred on Pieles with Itziar.
Macarena’s choice hasn’t been made official as of the publishing of this post, but she’s currently doing an Instagram Live on OT’s account where they are talking about her most recent work.
Update at 19:00 GMT on 31 October 2018: Shortly after publication of our story, Formula TV reported that Los Javis have been confirmed as the new professors. We are awaiting official confirmation.
What do you make of Itziar being fired? Did you like her classes? Do you agree that her lessons weren’t as good as those last year? Or is it more a problem of the contestants? Who would you like to replace her? Sound off in the comment section below!