And then there were three! María’s “Muérdeme”, Noelia’s “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez” and Natalia’s “La clave” are the first three songs that have qualified to Operación Triunfo’s Eurovision Gala, the show through which Spain will select its Eurovision 2019 entrant.
Two weeks after the finale of Operación Triunfo, the first step of Spain’s Eurovision selection is now over. On Wednesday at 23.59, the online voting ended, and three songs have come out on top. Per OT rules, they have now qualified for the selection show as the public’s choices.
The absolute winner of this segment and a major fan favourite is María’s “Muérdeme”. A sticky and slightly sleazy hit with a Latin twang has been at the top of the public vote ever since it was first revealed. Bai la la la la…
María – “Muérdeme”
María wants you to bite her heart, but hey, she decides “if she loses the decency”. As she sings: “If I want, you want; if I dare to, you dare to”.
Will Spain dare to send her to Tel Aviv? Judging from the reaction of our William and Deban, they should consider it very seriously!
Spain Eurovision 2019: OT Gala - 17 songs reactionWe react to the 17 song snippets in Spain's #Eurotemazo2019. Who should win the OT Eurovision gala and sing at Eurovision?
1:26 "A tu lado" - Joan Garrido y Marilia
2:49 "Dímelo de frente" - Sabela
4:11 "El equilibrio" - Miki
5:18 "Hoy soñaré"- Sabela
6:50 "Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez" - Noelia
8:23 "La Clave" - Natalia
9:30 "La venda" - Miki
10:47 "Muérdeme" - María
12:25 "Nadie se salva" - Miki y Natalia
13:48 "No puedo más" - Famous
15:22 "Nunca Fui" - Carlos Right
16:30 "Qué quieres qué haga" - Julia
18:00 "Qué será luego" - Alba Reche
19:07 "Sale" - Damion
20:38 "Se te nota" - Carlos Right
21:59 "Todo bien" - Marilia
23:23 "Vuelve" - Marta
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Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez”
Coming in second place, there’s one of the strongest voices of the edition: Noelia, who sings “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez” (Today I’m laughing again).
After a promising beginning in OT, being the first “favourite”, Noelia didn’t quite take off in the contest, and she was eliminated in Gala 7…albeit with the closest margin of the history of OT. Marilia earned just 0.4% more of the vote than her.
Apparently, that wasn’t the only surprise Noelia had in store. She’s now finished in second place in the public vote and has secured a place in the Eurovision gala for her big voice and her power ballad.
Natalia – “La clave”
Coming in third, just like at Operación Triunfo, it’s Natalia. Her tune “La clave” and its urban feel have conquered the hearts of many Spaniards, who have put her through to the gala.
She’s finished right ahead of the OT winner and pre-contest favourite Famous. He’s one of the contestants who has said he really wants to go to Eurovision, but his song “No puedo más” has fallen short of the necessary votes to qualify through this segment.
“Muérdeme”, “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez” and “La clave” are the first songs to qualify to the Eurovision gala. Another seven will join them eventually, after the jury’s choice. Then we will finally hear the full versions of them all and (hopefully) some revamps.
Do you think these three are the best options? Which other songs would you have put through? Do you think any of these songs will go to Eurovision? Who do you see in Tel Aviv? Tell us in the comment section!