SPAIN – Spain will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) will use the ninth series of reality television talent competition Operación Triunfo as the platform to select the Spanish entrant at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. As a member of the “Big 5”, Spain automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Operación Triunfo is a Spanish reality television music competition to find new singing talent. The ninth series, also known as Operación Triunfo 2017, premiered on La 1 on 23 October 2017, hosted by Roberto Leal and broadcast from the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya in Terrassa, Barcelona.
On 4 December 2017, it was announced by Leal, during sixth week’s live show or “Gala 6”, that the performer that will represent Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be selected from the contestants competing on the ongoing series.
On 20 December 2017, TVE announced that the five contestants that will succeed in advancing to the series’ final will also be the five candidates to represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
The televised show that will select the Spanish entrant and song for Eurovision will take place before the series’ final, so the Spanish entrant to Eurovision will not necessarily be the overall winner of the series.
For the Eurovision selection show, the five finalists of Operación Triunfo 2017 will be assigned songs written by “prestigious authors” by the staff of teachers at “The Academy”, where the contestants are trained during the Operación Triunfo competition. The Spanish entrant to Eurovision will be decided by public vote.
THE STORY ABOUT THE DATE
There are not that popular blogs in Spain which follow the talent show claiming that the Eurovision Gala is set for January 29th. But we all must have in mind that Spanish national broadcaster is a TV station which changes things the veery next minute. Therefore the is not official confirmation yet.
In the meantime after last night’s show the Europeans are ecstatic all over the web as Amaia performed “Shake It Out” (Florence And The Machine) in the 9th Gala and won episode’s voting becoming a hot favourite to represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Watch her performance in this post.