Former Spanish Eurovision Song Contest representatives Patricia Kraus (Brussels 1987) and Alejandro Abad (Dublin 1994) are taking part in a TV programme called 'Operación Triunfo', aired by Telecinco. This musical contest used to be the way to select the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, when TVE broadcasted it.
'Operación Triunfo', 'Star Academy', 'Fame Academy', 'Fabrika Zvezd'… are different names for the same TV programme, in which boys and girls compete to award a contract with a record company and sometimes, to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The italian-spanish broadcaster Telecinco started airing the programme yesterday, October 8th. The Spanish representative in ESC 1987, Patricia Kraus, is one of the teachers who will give the youngsingers all the knowledge they need to become great artists. Patricia is daughter of Alfredo Kraus, the prestigious opera singer who dead in 1999. After her participation in ESC 1987, she has not appeared frequently on TV.
Patricia will be part of the team of teachers led by the well-known musical producer Kike Santander. Moreover, she will be the teacher of a workshop about the music in the 60s and 70s.
Alejandro Abad, who represented Spain in 1994, is also part of 'Operación Triunfo'. In his case, as member of the jury that has to evaluate the progress of the learner singers. Before the programme had started, Alejandro Abad was part of the casting team who had to choose the boys and girls to enter the competition.
Patricia Kraus was the Spanish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated in Brussels (Belgium), in 1987. Her entry, No estás solo, came 19th out of 22 countries, with 10 points from the Greek jury. Years later, Alejandro Abad, with Ella no es ella, was placed 18th (17 points) amongst 25 entries in Dublin 1994.