TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has revealed and allocated the nine potential Spanish 2018 Eurovision entries which will compete at next Monday’s Spanish national final. The reveal took place during a special show which was streamed lived on the Spanish broadcaster’s official website.
The 5 Operación Triunfo (OT) finalists will fight for the right to represent Spain at the forthcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, during next week’s OT Gala #13 (Spanish national final).
Today the 5 competing candidates were allotted their respective potential Eurovision entries by the teachers’ group.
The hopefuls met up with their entries’ composers and will begin working with them on their songs. Both the composers and teachers will coach and help the finalists prepare their respective national final performances, choreography and stagings.
The 6th Operación Triunfo finalist, Agoney, will also partake in the national final as part of one of the three duets. Hence Agoney will also be bidding to represent Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
The 9 potential entries
- Amaia – Al cantar (Rozalen)
- Alfred – Que nos sigan las luces (Nil Moliner)
- Aitana – Arde (Alba Reig)
- Miriam – Lejos de tu piel (Steve Robson & Diego Cantero)
- Ana Guerra – El remedio (Nabalez)
- Agoney and Miriam – Magia (Funambulista & David Otero)
- Aitana and Ana Guerra – Chico malo (Morgan & Simms)
- Amaia and Alfred – Tu cancion (Raul Gomez)
- The 5 OT 2017 Finalists – Camina – (OT 2017 participants/Manu Guix)
Spanish national final
- The 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final will be held in Barcelona on Monday 29 January and will be aired live at 22:35 CET on TVE 1, TVE International. The gala will also be streamed live on rtve.es. The 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final will be part of the OT 2017 shows.
- The show will be hosted by Roberto Leal, one of Spain’s most sought after tv presenters
- The 2018 Spanish Eurovision entry and act will be determined solely via a 100% public televoting deliberation
- The Grand Finale of Operación Triunfo has been set on Monday 5 February.
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.