Spain: 3.1 viewers tuned in to see national final; press conference at 12:00 CET

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 768 views

Last night saw Spain select its 2018 Eurovision hopefuls via Operación Triunfo. Amaia and Alfred were crowned the winners of the 2018 Spanish national final. Operación Triunfo was the most watched programme in Spain yesterday, with circa 3.1 million people tuning in.

TVE 1 was the most watched television channel in Spain last night, thanks to Operación Triunfo (OT) with 23.6% of the prime time share. Last night’s OT 2017 gala broke many a record as it was the most viewed OT show of this edition, with circa 3.1 million viewers tuning in to see Spain select its Eurovision representatives for Lisbon.

The 2018 Spanish national final was the most viewed TV program in Spain last night.

It is interesting to note that the Spanish national final has not had such high viewing figures since 2004, when Ramon won the golden ticket to Istanbul during OT’s 3rd edition.

Amaia and Alfred will fly to Lisbon with their song Tu canción.

Press conference

TVE is holding a special conference today at 12:00 CET in order to officially present Amaia and Alfred as the 2018 Spanish Eurovision hopefuls. You can follow it live stream on TVE’s official website,

Spain in Eurovision

Spain debuted in Eurovision in 1961 and has won the competition twice with Massiel (1968) and Salome (1969).

Spain has not missed a single contest since it joined the competition in 1961, this year will see the country’s 58th participation in the contest.

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. 

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.