Watch now: Operación Triunfo 2018 Gala #9 in Spain

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 896 views

We head back to Spain tonight for OT 2018’s tenth show aka Gala #9 with the remaining nine acts battling for the grand prix.

Spain is the first country to have kicked off its search for its Eurovision 2019 hopeful and entry via a televised show.

Last week saw the show’s sixth eviction, Carlos Right left the academy and joined Dave, Noelia, Damion, Alfonso, Joan Garrido and Africa in the list of evicted participants. Now nine hopefuls remain in the competition with yet another eviction set to take to place tonight.

How to watch?

You can watch Operación Triunfo Gala #9 via the following channels  at 22:30 CEST:

  • TVE 1
  • TVE HD
  • TVE Internacional (Africa/Europe)
  • TVE 1 webcast

The Show

Marta and Marilia are in the hot seat this week, one of them will be evicted tonight (photo credit:

Tonight will see the eighth eviction of OT 2018, Marilia and Marta are both in the hot seat since last week, one of them will be eliminated. The key decision lies in the hands of the Spanish audience who will vote for their favourite candidate.

The  OT 2018 hopefuls will  perform cover songs during tonight’s show:

  • MariliaOnly girl (in the World- (Rihanna)
  • MartaI want to know what love is (Foreigner)
  • FamousEl Reloj (Lucho Gatica)
  • María- Amorfoda ( Bad Bunny)
  • NataliaLush life  (Zara Larsson)
  • JuliaMe muero (La Quinta Estación)
  • SabelaNext to me ( Emili Sandé)
  • AlbaAllí donde solíamos gritar ( Love of Lesbian)
  • MikiUna Lluna a l’Aigua ( Txarango)

The show will be hosted by Roberto Leal.

This week Manuel Carrasco (OT 2002), C. Tangana and Vanesa Martín will be attending tonight’s gala and mesmerising the Spanish audience with their latest music.

Pastora Soler, the 2012 Spanish Eurovision hopeful, will be joining Manuel Martos, Ana Torroja and Joe Perez-Orive  and will be part of the jury during tonight’s show.

During the show the 9 candidates will show off their vocal skills and will undergo the following elimination procedure after their respective performaces during tonight’s gala:

  • The Spanish audience will save their favorite candidate from the jury’s deliberation
  • The OT 2018 four member jury will select 4 candidates to proceed to the next show and nominate 4 candidates to leave the academy.
  • The teacher committee will save 1 candidate out of the 4 nominees
  • The 5 participants will save 1 candidate out of the remaining 3 nominees.
  • The last two nominees will be in the hot seat for a week and will undergo a public deliberation, the candidate with the least public votes will be eliminated from the competition the following week.

This week it will be the last time that the Spanish audience will be voting for their favourite participant and thus saving a candidate from the jury’s verdict.

The Participants

  • Alba Reche
  • Famous
  • Julia
  • María
  • Marilia
  • Marta
  • Miki
  • Natalia
  • Sabela

Operación Triunfo and Eurovision

2019 will see Spain select its Eurovision act and entry for the 5th time via Operacion Triunfo, having used this mechanism in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2018.

OT 2018 will determine the 2019 Spanish Eurovision representative, all 16 OT participants will be eligible to defend the Spanish colours in Tel Aviv.

One of 16 OT 2018 will follow Alfred & Amaia‘s footsteps and fly the Spanish flag at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.