The winner of Operación Triunfo will not necessarily represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, as the RTVE board decides on selection process.
El Mundo reports that the RTVE board has unanimously decided that the Eurovision 2018 participant will be decided as part of a gala show. Operación Triunfo will not have a special Eurovision Gala show to decide which of the OT participants will take part in next years contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Of note is that only one of the previous three Operación Triunfo participants who went on to represent Spain at Eurovision actually won Operación Triunfo. Rosa who represented her country in 2002 was the only winner of the contest to head to the competition, while Beth and Ramón del Castillo both finished in the top three.
RTVE revealed Operación Triunfo as the selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon at the start of December, RTVE stated their decision was influenced by:
(trying) find the best formula to choose our next Eurovision representative. Operación Triunfo is again a successful format that encourages positive values, such as effort and training. It also discovers and supports new talents. Moreover, the current season has generated a lot of social activity and interaction, as well as a special link with the audience.”
Operación Triunfo returned to Spanish screens in October, six years after the last edition was aired and thirteen years since it was last aired on TVE. It has proven very popular with audiences, attracting over 2 million spectators on average per gala. The final of the show will take place on January 29 2018.
The date of the selection has yet to be revealed.
Source: El Mundo
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.