In less than a month, the winner of OT 2018 will be decided. But before then, we have Gala 10 to look at. The final eight acts each gave a solo performance, and for the first time the audience favourites were not revealed.
Opening the show was this year’s group song “Somos” (We are). All the previously eliminated acts (hola, Alfonso!) were brought back to join in, with an uplifting song on par with last year’s “Camina”.
This week’s sing-off was between Marta and María, whose charming boyfriend was brought on to say how much he missed her culo. María sunk her teeth into Patti Smith’s “Because the Night”, while Marta proved herself the queen of the ’80s with Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”. In the end, María became the ninth act eliminated from OT 2018.
With only seven acts left in the competition, there were no audience favourites this week. So instead we’re first going to look at the three acts who the jury saved from elimination.
This week’s big stand-out performance came from Natalia. At the beginning of the series, she seemed like a potential winner, but over the weeks she delivered plenty of very good performances but not enough great ones. Tonight, though, she brought it. Natalia sand Coldplay’s tender breakup ballad “The Scientist” and fans are comparing it to Amaia’s “Shake It Out” performance from OT 2017. Her emotional delivery was popular with the audience and the jury loved it too.
Closing the show and bringing the house down was Famous, who was in his element with Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”. Famous has faced elimination the previous two weeks, but there was no chance of that this week. He proved himself to be a bold entertainer and rightly got a huge crowd reaction.
The third act the jury saved from elimination was Julia. But here’s the thing — it wasn’t a stand-out performance of the evening. Julia gave a decent enough performance of “A que no me dejas” but it didn’t reach the emotional depths of Natalia’s performance of the entertainment of Famous’. But the jury liked it.
Alba Reche — who has been in the public’s top three seven times — found herself in the bottom four for the first time. She performed LP’s “Lost On You” and it was exactly the kind of performance her fans have come to love, complete with her trademark gravelly vocals. But it wasn’t enough to keep her out of the bottom four.
That means that joining Alba in the bottom four was Miki, Sabela and, yet again, Marta. The academy professors chose to save Alba, though we suspect her large and loyal fanbase would have ensured she would win any sing-off. The four saved acts then voted to save Miki, leaving Sabela and Marta up for elimination next week. This will be Sabela’s second time in an elimination singoff, while Marta is become a veteran with her fourth time.
Next week gets super dramatic, as the four acts who avoid elimination will also be assured of a place in the grand final, while the two others will fight for the one remaining place. Who will make it to the final?
Operación Triunfo 2018 – Gala 10 performances
- Group performance – “Somos”
- María – “Because the Night”
- Marta – “Like a Prayer”
- Sabela – “Te necesito”
- Alba Reche – “Lost on You”
- Miki – “Promesas que no valen nada”
- Julia – “A que no me dejas”
- Natalia – “The Scientist”
- Famous – “Uptown Funk”
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