Operación Triunfo auditions 2019

For the last two years, Spain has been using reality show Operación Triunfo as their Eurovision selection. Yet, in 2018 and 2019, the way of picking the Spanish representative stirred discrepancies among fans. In 2020, that clash may be bigger: the OT dates will, most likely, not fit the Eurovision schedule.

Shortly after Operación Triunfo 2018 finished, the producers announced they were going to give the program a break. Some thought they were talking about a blank year or two, but it’s actually not going to be that long.

Indeed, the first auditions for the show will begin in Barcelona in October. Then, the OT casting crew will tour Spain in the search of the new contestants until November.

That is actually way later in the year than both 2017 and 2018: the edition that Amaia won began its live gala shows in October 2017, while Miki’s series started in September 2018. In fact, there may not be Operación Triunfo 2019, as the new edition will possibly kick off in 2020.

Is there time to pick a Operación Triunfo singer for Eurovision 2020?

Considering OT 2019/2020 will have the same format as its two predecessors, the show will consist of 13/14 gala nights. Given there’s always been almost two months between the end of the auditions and the first live gala show, it’s likely that the next series will begin early in January. If that’s the case, we would not have a series winner until April.

Hence using OT as a Eurovision selection — which must be decided by mid-March at the very latest — may not be possible. At least not how it has traditionally been done.

However, if RTVE really wanted to use OT as their selection method, there would be time for it. For example, if Operación Triunfo began the first week of December and had the same structure as OT 2017, the Eurovision night would happen in the week of the Melodifestivalen final.

Yes, but… does RTVE really want to use OT as their selection method?

The answer is… who knows. In a recent interview with our friends at Eurovision-spain.com, Head of Delegation Ana Bordas explained that the broadcaster is still deciding on their method for Eurovision 2020.

“We’ve been working on our entry since the end of May. There have been several reunions with the RTVE direction and we’re about to take a decision on how our participation will be. Hopefully, we’ll be able to explain more soon,” she says.

Ms Bordas also mentions RTVE is open to take a well known artist to Eurovision. Yet she believes it’s hard that a renowned act wants to enter, as the contest requires a lot of work for a long time and it doesn’t have an economic benefit.

Nevertheless, she appears to be optimistic: “our most important job is to twist the image that has been created about Eurovision and make well known artists want to participate”.

This is how things stand as of July 19. Given Spain’s track record at Eurovision, with years when nothing about its entry was known until January, having the HoD talking about it this early is actually something.

Meet the new hopefuls

To spark interest in the new series, a special event called #OTFest was held. Filmed in the courtyard outside the OT Academy, #OTFest featured performances from a number of singers who auditioned for the new series via social media.

They performed along with stars from the previous two series of OT, including Eurovision Gala winner Miki and runner-up Maria Escamiento. Could Spain’s act for Eurovision 2020 be one of these singers?

How do you think Spain will pick its Eurovision 2020 entry? Should RTVE use Operación Triunfo again? Or should they try to convince a well known act? Who would you like to see representing Spain in The Netherlands? Tell us in the comment section below!

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AC Spain

Just half of what your country is

Una
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Una

Good morning, RTVE. Now it’s time for the broadcaster to “twist” the image of Eurovision and encourage artists to participate. Wow, how remarkable! Huge round of applause for RTVE! I don’t get the economic gain argument. To each their own, I guess. Some artists would skip Eurovision because the work and schedule are intense and they leave no much time for something else. Others prefer to put in the work and effort to get onto the biggest music stage in the world and gain recognition and possibly economic gain from concerts and new albums etc. Others factor in a certain… Read more »

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It depends on the market, for example, many Spanish artists focus on the Latin American market plus the USA since that’s where Spanish music is available, with Eurovision, they are focusing on a market that is not appealing plus if they get a bad result (Amaia & Alfred) they are less likely to be “imported” to the huge markets unlike Aitana, who’s becoming huge in Latin America and the US (Hispanic Market)

Alex
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Alex

Nvm

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Can’t say I’m too sad about it x2

Fionn??
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Fionn??

I know this is totally unrelated but I think Ireland needs a national selection because the internal selection isn’t working and I’d love to see the eurovision hosted in my country

Azaad
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Azaad

The last time Ireland had a national final they got a pretty good song that would’ve qualified with the juries in Vienna. It’s not a bad idea.

Fionn??
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Fionn??

Ya and it could be called éirevision

Azaad
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Azaad

That is a surprisingly good pun based name for a national selection. Beats Selectia Nationala or Eurovision: You Decide

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Mirela for eurovision 2020!

Alon
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Alon

They need to pick internally..
Personally I think maybe Lola indigo with a good song is ideal for eurovision (although I’m not sure about her voice live ..)

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Novak and Simona Wimbledon Best

This is awful. Without OT how will we know who is in love with who?
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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

What does it matter? If the Eurovision public doesn’t love them, that love is doomed to fail. Time to ditch OT and either go completely internal or have a public poll after everyone presents their songs on a TV show.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

I think that was sarcasm.

Lolo
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Lolo

Can’t say i’m so sad about it.

Jowst Nej
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Jowst Nej

RTVE, just so you know, the early 00s were a different time at Eurovision. This doesn’t mean that success will happen again (and hasn’t). If you want Spain to constantly flop in the bottom 5, carry on with this dreadful format. I would just pick internally, you seem to do that better imo.

As Einstein says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again & expecting different results”.

Loin dici
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Side talk: weird (or obvious) to see that juries only favor Spanish entries that are big voice ballads and barely nothing else.

Gina
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Gina

no article about jesc ? 🙁

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

good, ot worked in the early 00s but now it’s incompatible with the international market. instead of letting rtve choose entries and pair them with singers, they should make an open call to all artists

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Oh no. How will we ever cope if this super cool and incredibly successful format won’t be used for Eurovision anymore?