Wonder no more! After being one of Spain’s most awaited mysteries on this road to Tel Aviv, RTVE has finally confirmed the date of the Eurovision Gala — and it’s coming very soon. Spain’s National Final will be held on Sunday 20 January.
In contrast to last year’s Eurovision Gala, this year’s show comes on a busy weekend. At least five countries will have shows running that weekend. France, Hungary and Lithuania will advance their selections on Saturday, while Malta’s Third X-Factor live show takes place the same day as Spain’s final.
— RTVE Comunicación (@RTVE_Com) January 11, 2019
But as with every Spanish Gala, it’s a late one. The Spanish final will begin at 22:05h CET.
Ten songs and nine artists will compete to win the Spanish ticket to Tel Aviv.
Two days after the results of the online vote selectedMaria, Noelia and Natalia, RTVE revealed another lucky seven. The complete list — that includes OT 2018 winner Famous — remains as follows:
- María Villar – “Muérdeme”
- Noelia Franco – “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez”
- Natalia Lacunza – “La Clave”
- Carlos Right – “Se te nota”
- Famous Oberogo – “No puedo más”
- Julia Medina – “Qué quieres que haga”
- Marilia Monzón – “Todo bien”
- Miki Núñez – “La venda”
- Natalia & Miki – “Nadie se salva”
- Sabela Ramil – “Hoy soñaré”
The winner is in the audience hands, meaning no jury (nor a potentially controversial one) will have any vote. But four faces will sit in the oh-so-famous OT jury chairs to offer commentary. They are: Manuel Martos (OT jury member and Universal Spain executive producer), Pastora Soler (ESC 2012), Tony Aguilar (Los 40 Principales) and Doron Medalie (songwriter of Netta’s “Toy”).
The show won’t only welcome Pastora and Doron’s familiar faces, but also a chart-topping diva. Eleni Foureira — who finished second in Lisbon in 2018 — is calling and we’re fly-fly-flying in heaven. Fiery as ever, Eleni is expected to burn the stage — and the nation!
More artists are yet to be announced. Stay tuned!
Full songs on January 17
It’s game on! Rehearsals are well underway in Barcelona and all of the finalists are in the process of polishing the final versions of their songs.
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) January 10, 2019
And RTVE has nothing but good news for you! Full versions are set to be premiered on January 17th at 15:00h CET and will go fully online on January 18th. That is – as promised – 24 hours before the National Final.
While the OT 2018 Eurovision Gala is now full steam ahead, there has been some criticism. The Christmas season brought plenty of drama as people sensed nothing but complete apathy coming from the finalists. There are two clear exceptions: Famous and Noelia.
The process has seen some turbulent moments with many fans saying they will only vote for those acts who are enthusiastic about going to Eurovision. This year is no exception and the Spanish broadcaster is once again facing demands for a new selection process and a fairer method of assigning songs to singers.
What do you think about this year’s Eurovision Gala? Are you excited for January 20? And do you have any favourite #Eurotemazo already? Tell us in the comment section below!