Operación Triunfo (OT), the talent show used by TVE to choose the Spanish representative in 2002, 2003 and 2004 is making a comeback at the end of this summer.
TVE and Gestmusic have made public this morning the dates and locations of the public castings for the awarded TV talent show. During the press conference, Toni Sevilla (Director of Content), was asked if Operación Triunfo would be choosing Spain’s next entry for the festival. He said:
“It certainly is one of our options, but we are still studying it. We can’t confirm or deny anything yet”.
After the poor results in recent years, and 2018 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s first win, it is no surprise that TVE is considering to link together once more two of its biggest shows (Operación Triunfo and Eurovision) to try to regain audience numbers and achieve better results.
Back in the day, the three artists that won the show went to represent Spain in Tallinn, Riga and Istanbul and all of them managed to end up at the Top 10 in the Eurovision Final. Over the last 20 years, Spain has only reached the Top 10 six times, and three of them were with artists produced by the talent show: Rosa with “Europe’s Living a Celebration” in 2002 (7th with 81 points), Beth with “Dime” in 2003 (8th also with 81 points) and Ramón with “Para llenarme de ti” in 2004 (10th with 87 points).
The show was also the launching platform for other Eurovision artists like Gisela (Andorra 2008), Soraya (Spain 2009) and Edurne (Spain 2015).
Operación Triunfo is expected to choose its 16 participants from a series of public castings held nationwide during the summer of 2017. The 16 contestants will then move into a 1.200-square-meter complex (La Academia) where they will be instructed in diverse musical and artistic matters. During the competition, 14 live shows will be broadcasted. Every week the artists will have to demonstrate to the public and the jury their skills and what have they learned at the academy. At the grand finale, the winner will take home a cash prize of €100.000 and possibly the chance to represent Spain at Eurovision 2018.
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Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on nine occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.