TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has revealed that their national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held on January 29.
The 5 finalists will compete for the chance to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 one week before the grand final of Operación Triunfo. Each of the finalists will be allocated a song by the Operación Triunfo Academy teaching staff. The song titles and composers will be officially presented on 23 January along with the announcement of the song/singer allocation. All 5 songs will be sung entirely in Spanish.
The national final will be aired on January 29 at 22:35 CET on TVE 1, TVE International and will be streamed live on rtve.es. Public voting alone will decide who will represent in Lisbon.
Operación Triunfo was previously used to select the Spanish representative for Eurovision from 2002 to 2004. This proved to be successful, as all three selected artists, Rosa, Beth and Ramón, finished in the top 10 in their respective years. Rosa’s performance at the 2002 contest was watched by 13 million people in Spain, a rating of 80%, which was the most watched moment in history on Spanish television at the time. Soraya Arnelas, the runner-up of the fourth edition of the show, also represented Spain in 2009 with “La noche es para mí”.
The show 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.
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.