TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, will be airing a special show #OTvision today where the nine potential Spanish Eurovision entries will be unveiled and allocated to the five national final candidates.
How to watch?
The special #OTvision show will be streamed live on the following channels at 14:30 CET:
- Webcast via rtve.es
About the show
The show will commence at 14:30 CET with some of the recently evicted OT 2017 participants sharing their experiences; Cepeda, Roy and Nerea.
The song reveal is scheduled to take place at 15:00 CET when the show will have a live feed with the Operación Triunfo Academy.
The 9 competing entries at the 2018 Spanish national final will be revealed and allocated to the five finalists; last night’s evicted hopeful will also compete in the national final a part of of one of the three duets.
There will 5 solo entries, 3 duet entries and 1 group entry competing in the national final.
The song titles and the names of the composers will also be revealed during the show.
Hereafter, Zahara, Juanma Fernández (Bluper) and Alfredo Murillo (Buzzfeed Spain) will evaluate the bidding entries and share their views and comments from TVE’s studio.
A total of 6 acts (the 5 OT finalists and Agoney) will battle for the golden ticket to Lisbon at the upcoming Spanish national final which will be held in Barcelona on 29 January.
About the national final
- The 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final will be held on Monday 29 January with a total of 9 entries battling for the right to defend Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Spain.
- The Grand Finale of Operación Triunfo has been set on Monday 5 February.
- Ana Guerra
Agoney, the 6th finalist, will also compete in the national final with one of the three duet songs.
OT 2017 timeline
- 23/01: Song allocation – song titles and composers announced
- 29/01: Spanish national final (100% public televoting deliberation)
- 05/02: OT 2017 Grand Finale
National final date set
The gala will be aired live on Monday 29 January at 22:35 CET on TVE 1, TVE International and streamed live on rtve.es. The 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final will be part of the OT 2017 shows.
The 2018 Spanish national final will be hosted by Roberto Leal, one of Spain’s most sought after tv presenters.
The show has slowly but swiftly gained back much fame and name in Spain and has set the social media platforms on fire. Last Monday’s show was viewed by more than 3 million viewers.
The 2018 Spanish Eurovision entry and act will be determined solely via a 100% public televoting deliberation.
Spain in Eurovision
Spain debuted in Eurovision in 1961 and has won the competition twice (1968 and 1969). The country enjoyed much success in its early days, but now seems to have had a reverse in fortunes. We must not forget that Spain has not made it to the Top 5 since 1995.
The Iberian country has only made it twice to the Top 10 in the last decade, namely in 2012 and 2014 with Pastora Soler and Ruth Lorenzo respectively.
In 2017, Spain selected its Eurovision entry via a national final leading to Manel Navarro‘s victory and winning the golden ticket to Kyiv with Do it for your lover. Unfortunately Spain came last in the Grand Final, continuing the bad spell of poor results in the competition.