Spain’s Operación Triunfo tends to be a very intense emotional rollercoaster and today another chapter of that telenovela is happening. The official OT Twitter account announced today that there’ll be a surprise about Eurovision at 13.30 CET — the contestants will receive their songs for the OT Eurovision Gala!
The tweet that sparked the drama was published early in the morning, but it just mentioned a surprise regarding Eurovision coming in the afternoon.
— OT 2018 (@OT_Oficial) December 11, 2018
Meanwhile, RTVE’s account for Eurovision wasn’t much clearer about what’s to come…
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) December 11, 2018
But the OT live channel in Youtube broke the news: the contestants are being given the songs at 13.30! Or at least, that’s what the timetable says:
According to that, today we’ll probably only know the titles and the very basics of each songs. We expect to have another “reparto de temas” where the OT professors will assign their entries to each contestant, and they’ll later start experimenting with their voice tones.
As it’s on Tuesday and tomorrow there’s Gala 12, don’t expect the contestants to make a big deal about the song today, as they face the semifinal of OT tomorrow. In fact, the Eurovision gala won’t happen until January, but the contestants will have to record the songs earlier.
Watch the song reveal live on the OT live stream, at 13:30 CET, today.
The OT Eurovision Gala
While only six acts remain in OT 2018 (Alba Reche, Famous, Julia, Miki, Natalia and Sabela), the OT Eurovision Gala will be open to all 16 competing acts from the 2018 series.
From the 1000 or so entries received, only 20 will be finally paired with the 16 contestants of OT 2018, including those who have already been eliminated from the show. Ten songs will come from the ones submitted online and ten more from internally selected compositions. In all cases, authors could name their preferred contestant to sing their song, but this is not binding.
The 16 OT contestants will record demos of their potential Eurovision songs and they’ll be made available online. Then it’s up to the audience to vote for their favourites, with the top three going straight to the Eurovision Gala. Up to seven more will make the final cut, as selected by a professional jury. This will form a total of ten songs that will battle it out in the Eurovision Gala to be Spain’s choice for Tel Aviv. The Eurovision Gala is expected to be held sometime next month.
What do you think? Which OT 2018 acts would you like to see in the Eurovision Gala? What sort of song should Spain send to Tel Aviv? Sound off below!