“Not all of you love Operación Triunfo.”
Those were the words of the Academy’s director — Noemí Galera — after the remaining OT 2018 contestants staged a rebellion earlier this week. Nicknamed ‘La Bronca’, Noemí reprimanded the up-and-coming talents and issued a necessary wake up call — one that many fans have been crying out for.
How has it come to this? It all goes back to Sunday night when the remaining contestants went on strike claiming they deserved more sleep. That was their response to the Academy’s recent ‘prohibition’ that bans contestants from going to sleep anytime before 10:30 pm.
Laying on the floor together and in silence, they decided to leave the 24-hour-round-the-clock audience with no coverage besides the dorm door. In their minds, their health and well-being is way more important than your entertainment.
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As expected, Noemí Galera had a tough chat with them the following day. From ‘don’t take us as idiots’ to ‘there are more people outside who want to be here’, Noemí showed her disappointment with their apparently misplaced priorities.
The trust I put in you all has gone to hell, absolutely
But she’s not the only one who is angry. As Noemí made clear, fans are on her side.
“Your attitude pissed off your fans, the ones who will attend your concerts. What they saw [the strike, them throwing toilet paper and books out of the windows…] they didn’t like it a sheat”.
“Plus, the audience wants to get to know you all more. As soon as you get back home, nobody will see you [as they do on OT]. The signings are a freaking illusion, and you are all acting as if you are The Rolling Stones or Lady Gaga. Be yourselves!!”
The contestants — such as Julia — clarified that they felt bad as it was out of context. “We feel pressured, we have been closed in here for two months, but we are having a hard time. We don’t have holidays. Sundays we keep rehearsing…”
Noemí was not amused: “You don’t have to explain how this show works. I have this pressure as well.”
Maria said “it was a joke”.,.and Noemí replied, “Don’t take us for idiots”.
“Be yourselves and don’t control yourselves with the cameras. And yes, this is a TV programme. If you want to study music, go to the conservatory where you will learn. There’s also a team behind [OT] who are giving their all and love this show. The feeling I have is that you all don’t love Operación Triunfo, and if you don’t agree on this, then leave.”
Well damn. Our mouths are on the floor following that honesty. Is yours? Who do you think is in the right? And who is in the wrong? Should the contestants be allowed to sleep more? Let us know down below!