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, will air on La 1 from 23 October 2017 to 5 February 2018, 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(s) that will represent Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest would 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 would also be the five candidates to represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. On 22 January 2018, it was announced that the sixth-placed contestant will also bid to represent Spain as part of a duet combination. “Gala OT a Eurovisión”, the special live show that will select the Spanish entrant and song for Eurovision will take place on 29 January 2018, one week prior to the series’ final on 5 February 2018, so the Spanish entrant to Eurovision may not necessarily be the overall winner of the series. For the Eurovision selection show, the top six classified contestants of Operación Triunfo 2017 will be assigned nine songs 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.
“Gala OT a Eurovisión”, the special live show of Operación Triunfo 2017 to select the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, will take place on 29 January 2018. Nine entries will compete. After a first round of voting, the three entries with the most votes from the public – via telephone, sms and the official Operación Triunfo 2017 app – will advance to a second round of voting. In the second round, the winner will be selected by public vote.
In our poll below you can vote up to three entries you wish to see them representing Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
SPAIN 2018 🇪🇸 OT EUROVISION GALA
|PARTICIPANT(S) / SONG TITLE||FIRST ROUND||SECOND ROUND||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”||Qualified||43%||Predicted to Win|
|Aitana – “Arde”||Qualified||31%|
|Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Chico malo”||Qualified||26%|
|Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”||8%|
|Miriam & Agoney – “Magia”||7%|
|Ana Guerra – “El remedio”||5%|
|Amaia – “Al cantar”||4%|
|Alfred – “Que nos sigan las luces”||3%|
|All Finalists - “Camina”||1%|