The grand final of Operación Triunfo 2018 is just two weeks away and things are getting dramatic. On this week’s gala, Marta was eliminated, two acts were given a pass straight to the grand final and what on earth was going on with Julia’s staging? Let’s take a look!
First up, the elimination. This week Marta was up for elimination for the fourth time, along with underdog Sabela. Marta again showed she’s the queen of the ’80s with the George Michael ballad “One More Time”, while Sabela let loose with “El cuarto de Tula”. Sabela was saved with 64% of the vote, one of the highest margins so far this series.
Then it was on to the rest of the performances, with only five acts remaining. Famous opened this section with an entertaining performance of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”. Not only did he nail the vocals, he also did a decent job with Iggy Azalea’s rap. Over the weeks famous seems to have found his groove and is picking up audience support.
The other big performance was Natalia, who delivered Nancy Sinatra’s sultry “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”. The song perfectly suited Natalia’s femme fatale style, and delivered the song with gusto. Natalia seems to be a singer that needs the right kind of song (and that’s ok), but when it’s a good match, she slays.
Miki had fun with “Hijos de la tierra”. But there was the sense that he’s reached his limit. Miki has a particular style that he’s super comfortable with, he does well and the audience appreciate it. But it also means that his performances can feel a bit samey.
Alba Reche performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”. To be clear, this was not the sultry, slowed-down version from 50 Shades of Gray. It was the original upbeat version from 2003. Including the rap. While Famous could handle the rap in his song, Alba was out of her depth delivering Jay Z’s rhymes. It wasn’t Alba’s best performance and showed her limits.
And omg we need to talk about the staging for Julia‘s performance. Julia sang Demi Lovato’s “Sober”, a heartbreaking song about living with the devastation of substance addition. The show producers chose to wheel on shelves of bottles, setting up a tacky, boozy backdrop behind Julia. Needless to say, viewers were not impressed by this tone-deaf concept, noting it was especially inappropriate given Demi Lovato’s very real struggles with addiction. The only good point was Julia’s flawless vocal performance, which almost managed to rise above the shocking backdrop.
The scoring was done differently this week. The judges each gave a score out of ten to the six remaining contests. The act with the highest score would be going straight to the grand final without facing elimination next week. That honour went to Natalia, who scored a perfect ten from all four judges.
One more act was also given a pass to the grand final when the professors of the academy chose one act to save. They picked Famous, the third time the professors have saved him from facing elimination.
So, next week Natalia and Famous will be immune from possible elimination. The four remaining acts — Alba Reche, Julia, Miki and Sabela — now face the final elimination. After next week’s performances, the jury will select one more act for the grand final, and the public vote will decide the last two finalists. Honestly, we’re still upset at Agoney narrowly missing out on the grand final last time and we’re not expecting it to be any easier this time.
Also of note this episode: Alfred Garcia (formerly of Alfred y Amaia) performed his debut solo single “La tierra hasta marte” (From Earth to Mars). We’ll be looking at that in more detail in an upcoming post.
Operación Triunfo 2018 – Gala 11 performances
- Group performance – “Ni tú ni nadie”
- Marta – “One More Try”
- Sabela – “El cuarto de Tula”
- Famous – “Problem”
- Julia – “Sober”
- Miki – “Hijos de la tierra”
- Natalia – “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”
- Alba Reche – “Crazy in Love”
What do you think of OT 2018 Gala 11? Who else should make it to the grand final? Share your thoughts below!