It’s been a dramatic week for Spain’s Operación Triunfo. First, OT 2017 alum Thalia fell victim to a social media hacker, then OT 2018 acting coach Itziar Castro was fired for failing to meet goals. But the show must go on, so let’s take a look at all that went down at Gala 6.
Every week there’s an elimination and this time it was Damion versus Marta. He performed Drake’s recent hit “God’s Plan”, turning the melodic rap into a song. Marta went retro with Michael Jackson’s 1989 single “Leave Me Alone”. Both contestants seemed to be equally liked, Damion had won an elimination before, but in the end it was Marta who won the audience vote and will stay another week. In the closest elimination vote yet, it went 59% to Marta, 41% to Damion.
The big performance of the evening came from Alba Reche. In her first solo performance, she tackled the emotional Mexican folk song “La Llorona” (The weeping woman). Alba conveyed strength and emotion and brought a modern edge to the performance while also respecting its tradition. After placing in the top three for the past four weeks, Alba finally topped the vote as the public’s favourite.
Meanwhile, Sabela had her make-or-break moment. There had been a growing feeling amongst viewers that Sabela wasn’t being given good songs, and finally the Academy listened and assigned Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”. It’s a big song that required big vocals. While Sabela’s English pronunciation still needs work, she nailed the vocals, including the big money note. She was in the public’s top three and the jury declared her safe from elimination.
The other top-three act was Famous. Week after week, he’s been working away, not making the top but not making the bottom either. But this was his week. He performed “1, 2, 3” with María and again showed he is a skilful vocalist who can tackle pretty much any genre. Famous was also safe from elimination.
Then it came time for the jury’s decisions. As well as the above, Julia, Natalia and Carlos Right were also saved from elimination. This left their singing partners, María, Marilia, Noelia and Miki up for elimination. The professors of the Academy again saved Miki, while María was saved in a tense vote from the safe contestants.
This leaves Marilia and Noelia up for elimination next week.
In recent days, criticism has been levelled at the 2018 edition of Operación Triunfo, with observation that some contestants seem too focused on the fame and glory that they believe will await them outside the academy. But with the expected return of Los Javis as acting coaches, it seems the upcoming seventh gala has the potential to be a big improvement.
Operación Triunfo 2018 – Gala 6 performances
- Group performance – “Vivir así es morir de amor”
- Damion – “God’s Plan”
- Marta – “Leave Me Alone”
- Famous & María – “1, 2, 3”
- Sabela – “Set Fire to the Rain”
- Carlos Right & Marilia – “Lucky”
- Alba – “La Llorona”
- Julia & Noelia – “Tú y yo volvemos al amor”
- Miki & Natalia – “Shallow”
Who are your favourites from OT 2018?
We’re at the halfway point of the series, so let’s check in and see who the favourites are. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so vote carefully!
From today, song submissions for the OT Eurovision gala are open. They will close on November 15 and the search for the “Tu canción” successor will begin.
What do you think of OT 2018 Gala 6? Who would you like to see represent Spain in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!