Spain: TVE sets national final on 20 January; Foureira special guest

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TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has announced that the 2019 Spanish national final, OT Eurovision, is scheduled to be held on Sunday 20 January and will be broadcast live on TVE 1.

A total of 10 songs and 9 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv and the right to represent Spain at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The Spanish national final will be held in Barcelona and will hosted by Roberto Leal.

During the live televised show all the participants will perform their respective potential Eurovision entries. The final deliberation will lie entirely in the hands of the Spanish audience who will determine the 2019 Spanish hopeful and entry via televoting/SMS/online voting.

If there is a tie between 2 candidates/ songs the Spanish audience will be invited again to vote for their favourite entry/candidate.

The final full length versions of the 10 competing entries will be published on Thursday 17 January at 15:00 CEST on TVE’s official website. This week has seen the OT 2018 hopefuls rehearse their respective songs with OT’s teachers and the entries’ respetive composers.

The 10 competing entries

The jury

A special four member jury pannel will evaluate the competing entries and give their opinion.  Their verdict will not deliberate the 2019 Spanish Eurovision entry and act.

  • Manuel Martos
  • Pastora Soler (Spain 2012)
  • Tony Aguilar (Spanish ESC Commentator)
  • Doron Medalie (composer of Toy /Israel 2018)

Foureira in the house

Eleni Foureira the 2018 Eurovision runner up of Cyprus will be gracing the show and will be performing her Eurovision entry Fuego.

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 for the second consecutive year.

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