After three months and dozens of performances it has finally come down to this. At the grand final gala of Spain’s talent show/reality show/Eurovision national final Operación Triunfo, Famous Oberogo was voted the winner of the 2018 series.
It was a tense superfinal vote, with just 1% separating Famous from runner-up Alba Reche. Famous received 36% of the vote, while the sultry-voiced Alba was on 35% of the vote.
In third place was Natalia, who also proved a popular superfinalists with 29% of the vote.
The gala show began with the five finalists — including Julia and Sabela — each gave a solo performance of their choice.
Famous performed “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going”, best known by Jennifer Hudson’s performance from the musical Showgirls. It’s a hearty song and Famous put everything into it, showing off the full extent of his vocal talent. For many viewers, this was the moment when it was obvious that Famous had to win.
Alba Reche performed the Postmodern Jukebox version of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Alba delivered the song in her modern cabaret singer style, sounding like a nightclub chanteuse who’s seen it all, honey. The performance was perhaps not quite the showstopper that the grand final needed, but it was still good.
Natalia also served musical realness. She performed “Never Enough”, originally sung by Loren Allred in The Greatest Showman. Natalia also used a staple of Eurovision: the projection dress. While we’ve seen projection dresses from Aliona Moon and Sabina Babayeva, the most impressive was Elina Nechayeva’s 3D projection dress in Lisbon.
And the Estonian diva was watching. She responded with a tweet featuring a screenshot of the dress as the Spanish “police report” meme photos. Shady lady! Update: We’ve since learned that the Elina tweet was made by a hacker, attempting to drag the classy Estonian diva into the world of Spanish memes. The rogue tweet has since been taken down.
Then it was time for the bottom two acts to learn their fate. In fifth place was Julia, who had earned only 10% of the vote. Coming next in fourth place was Sabela, with 12% of the vote. This left Alba Reche, Famous and Natalia to face the superfinal.
The three superfinalists reprised the songs they had originally performed at Gala 0, way back in September. Alba sang Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”, Famous did Stevie Wonder and Ariana’s “Faith”, while Natalia sang Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”.
And after a tense results section, Famous was crowned the king of OT 2018 — and showed that his parents knew what they were doing when they named him Famous.
The OT 2018 finalists will return next week in the Christmas gala. Their performances will include duets of OT songs with their original artists, including Cesár Sampson joining Famous on “Nobody But You”.
And coming up next month will be the OT Eurovision Gala, where Spain will decide its act for Tel Aviv.
What do you think? Are you excited for Famous winning OT 2018? Who would you like to see represent Spain at Eurovision? Sound off below!