Spain: TVE sets Eurovision national final on 29 January

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,141 views

TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster has officially confirmed the date of the 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final. The Spanish public will choose their Eurovision act and entry for Lisbon on Monday 29 January.

The 5 finalists of Operación Triunfo will battle in the 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final for the golden ticket to Lisbon. The 2018 Spanish Eurovision entry and act will be deliberated solely by the Spanish public.

The national final will be held prior to the Grand Finale of OT 2017. The competing songs will be allocated to the singers by the academy’s teacher committee.

The 5 songs have been composed by famous and celebrated composers. The song titles and composers will be officially presented on 23 January along with the announcement of the song/singer allocation.

The Spanish broadcaster will be disclosing more details regarding the 2018 Eurovision Spanish national final in due course.

  • 22/01: 5 finalists determined
  • 23/01: Song presentation/allocation
  • 29/01: National final (5 acts)

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 The 2018 Spanish Eurovision national final will be part of the OT 2017 shows.

The show has slowly but swiftly gained back much fame and name in Spain and has set the social media platforms on fire.

A total of 16 hopefuls kicked off the talent show last October; after tonight’s eviction only 7 participants remain in the academy: Agoney, Ana Guerra, Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, Miriam and Roi. One of them will fly to Lisbon!

Amaia hot favourite to represent Spain

According to the Spanish fans, Amaia, Aitana and Agoney are the hot favourites to go to Eurovision. The Spanish broadcaster ran a poll asking the internet users to vote for the act they would like to see in Eurovision. These were the results:

  • Amaia: 36.5 %
  • Aitana: 19.1 %
  • Agoney: 18.7%
  • Miriam: 8%
  • Ana Guerra: 6.8%

Operación Triunfo and Eurovision

Operación Triunfo kicked off in Spain in 2001 and TVE used it as the mechanism to select the 2002 Spanish Eurovision entry and act.

The first edition of the talent show was a massive hit in Spain, thus getting much exposure and mediatic coverage. Rosa Lopez was crowned the winner of OT 1 and won the golden ticket to Tallinn with her song Europe’s living a celebration.

TVE used the same format for the following 2 years in order to select the Spanish Eurovision entry and act: Beth (2003) and Ramon (2004).

TVE axed the show after its third edition. In 2005, Spanish private television channel Tele Cinco revived the talent show and aired a total of 5 seasons and had no link to Eurovision.

We must not forget that 2 of the participants of the 4th edition of Operación Triunfo went on to represent years after their participation: Soraya Arnelas (2009) and Edurne (2015).

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.