This week saw the ninth Gala of Spain’s Operación Triunfo and we are now just one month away from the grand final. But before then, there needs to be some more eliminations. And there was one tonight, along with some Catalan realness, no duets, temporary fencing and a little Spice.
First of all, we have to talk about the group performance. Tonight the remaining acts took on the Spice Girls’s 1997 Latin pop hit “Spice Up Your Life”. It was super fun and it made us wondered if Universal Spain will have another attempt at putting together a group with some of the OT acts. Perhaps a girl group this time.
For a while it seemed like Marilia couldn’t be eliminated. For the past three week she’d been in the bottom four and escaped elimination each time. But this week was different. Marilia showed a different side, giving a spirit performance of Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)”. She was up against second-time eliminee Marta, who continued her love of ’80s pop with Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”. It was Marta’s cheesy ballad that won audiences over, snapping up 53% of the vote and sending Marilia home.
One of the big performances of Gala 9 included something never heard before on OT: a song in the Catalan language. Miki performed fusion group Txarango’s song “Una lluna a l’aigua”. The Barcelona audience loved it — but so did viewers from around Spain. Miki was voted the week’s audience favourite, making him the first and only act to get the honour twice this series. Also, Miki a Eurovisión?
Another strong performance came from Alba Reche. She continued to show her versatility with her vision of indie pop group Love of Lesbian’s song “Allí donde solíamos gritar”. The performance was enough to take Alba again into the audience’s top three for the seventh time.
Also in the audience’s top three was Famous. He performed Luis Miguel’s “El Reloj”. While the Eurovision favourite was in the audience’s top three, the jury was less impressed. He was in their bottom four and faced elimination.
Another performance that inspired mixed reactions was María‘s take on Bad Bunny’s recent hit “Amorfoda”. María’s vocals were a little rough and pitchy, but the questions was, was this bad vocal technique or did it emphasise the passion and emotion of the song? The jury wasn’t impressed and put María in their bottom four.
Natalia wasn’t on form with her version of Zara Larsson’s “Lush Life”. After coming into the contest as a hot favourite, Natalia’s popularity seems to be waning a little, perhaps because Natalia entered the contest an almost perfectly formed pop star and hasn’t has the same journey and growth as other acts. But the jury still like her.
While Sabela did her best with Emeli Sandé’s “Next to Me”. Sabela joked that her English was still pretty bad, but aside from some unusual pronunciation, her vocals were otherwise in good form.
Julia found herself in the bottom four for the second time, with her performance of La 5ª Estación’s “Me Muero”. There are only four shows left and we’re now at the stage where really good singers are going to end up in the bottom.
So, facing elimination was Marta (again), along with Famous, María and Julia. The Academy professors saved Famous for the second week in a row, while the remaining contestants voted to save Julia. This means that next week Marta and María will face elimination.
Operación Triunfo 2018 – Gala 9 performances
- Group performance – “Spice Up Your Life”
- Marilia – “Only Girl (In the World)”
- Marta – “I Want to Know What Love Is”
- Natalia – “Lush Life”
- Miki – “Una lluna a l’aigua”
- Julia – “Me Muero”
- María – “Amorfoda”
- Alba Reche – “Allí donde solíamos gritar”
- Famous – “El reloj”
- Sabela – “Next to Me”
What do you think of OT 2018 Gala 9? Who would you like to see in the Eurovision Gala next year? Share your thoughts below!