SPAIN – On the TVE programme “Informe Semanal”, it has been confirmed that Operación Triunfo (Fame Academy) will be returning to TVE and will be the process to select the Eurovision representative for 2018.
The rumour that this was likely has been around for a while and although Manel Navarro is currently in Kiev, to represent Spain at this year’s Eurovision, the return of Operación Triunfo as a selection process means that the process for 2018 will return to the one used from 2002 to 2004.
Rosa was the most iconic representative from this process, achieving 7th place in 2002 and gaining TVE over 14 million viewers for that year’s final in Tallin. The song “Europe is living a celebration” is still a Eurofan favourite and was followed up by Beth in 2003 and Ramón in 2004, although by then the interest in the format had declined.
It is also widely expected that the return of the show may lead to the return of previous Eurovision names to TVE screens and to help prepare whoever will be selected for Spain in 2018.