Earlier this week, the competing song allocations for the OT Eurovision Gala were revealed. But before we get to hear the songs, there’s still OT 2018 to be won. Tonight we got down to the nitty-gritty with the semi-final.
Natalia and Famous already have a guaranteed place in the grand final, so tonight it was up to Alba Reche, Julia, Miki and Sabela to battle it out for the three remaining places in the grand final. Let’s see how it went!
The stand-out performance of the evening came from Alba Reche. Already a fan favourite, she showed why she’s a serious contender to win the series. Alba performed the Sara Bareilles ballad “She Used to be Mine”, from the musical Waitress. And she nailed it. No shouty bits, no awkward rap, just a gutsy ballad delivered with depth and emotion.
Miki performed Fun.’s “Some Nights” and delivered another one of his entertaining performances — and had no trouble with some of the trickier English lyrics. Unfortunately Miki may have been the recipient of some Eurodrama around the Eurovision Gala song allocations. Miki will be singing three songs, and some fans of the show are angry at him — even though he had no say in the song allocations.
Sabela has been the underdog of the series. She struggled to make an impact in the early weeks, and fluctuated some placing amongst the public’s top three and also facing elimination. But tonight she showed what she’s good at. Sabela performed the dramatic “Negro caravel” and delivered rich, emotional vocals.
The final contender to perform solo was Julia. She accompanied herself on acoustic guitar as she performed “Ya lo sabes”. It was a competent performance, but many felt it wasn’t quite of the level that should be delivered in Gala 12.
The gala also featured solo performances from finalists Natalia and Famous, who both aptly demonstrated why they deserved a place in the final. OT 2017 finalist Ana Guerra also showed up to perform her saucy new single “Bajito”.
There were group performances too. Alba, Julia and Natalia delivered girl group realness with “Este amor ya no se toca”, while Famous, Miki, Sabela brought the sunshine with “Calypso”.
In tonight’s gala, the jury could choose one act to go through to the final. Their pick was Alba Reche, a decision which seemed well justified. The vote was then open to the public, who voted for their favourite out of Julia, Miki and Sabela — via paid SMS vote only.
Sabela topped the public vote, with 43% of the vote. Also joining her in the grand final was Julia, with 37% of the vote. Sadly Miki missed out, picking up just 20% of the vote. Like Agoney in OT 2017, he has been left at the door of the grand final.
So! It’s all come down to this. Next week Alba Reche, Famous, Julia, Natalia and Sabela will compete to be the winner of Operación Triunfo 2018. And then when that’s over, we can get on with obsessing over the OT Eurovision Gala.
OT 2018 – Gala 12 performances
- Group performance – “Human”
- Alba Reche – “She Used To Be Mine”
- Miki – “Some Nights”
- Sabela – “Negro Caravel”
- Julia – “Ya lo sabes”
- Alba, Julia, Natalia – “Este amor ya no se toca”
- Famous – “Sólo tú”
- Ana Guerra – “Bajito”
- Natalia – “Seven Nation Army”
- Famous, Miki, Sabela – “Calypso”
What do you think? Who should win OT 2018? Who should represent Spain in Tel Aviv? Leave your comments below!