The 18 participants in Operación Triunfo 2018 have been revealed this evening by RTVE, with less than a week to go until the first show.
The participants in the latest season of Operación Triunfo have been revealed this evening by the Spanish national broadcaster. The youngest of this years participants is 18 years old, while the oldest is 26. The city with the most participants is Madrid with three singers, while Cádiz and Málaga are both represented by two participants.
The eighteen singers are:
- África (22) – Madrid
- Albra Reche (20) – Elche
- Alfonso (22) – Madrid
- Carlos Right (25) – Esplugues de Llobregat
- Damion (21) – Adeje
- Dave (20) – Cádiz
- Famous (19) – Bormujos
- Joan Garrido (22) – Palma de Mallorca
- Julia (23) – Cádiz
- Luis (19) – El Masnou
- María (26) – Madrid
- Marilia (18) – La Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Marta (18) – Málaga
- Miki (22) – Terrassa
- Natalia (19) – Pamplona
- Noelia (22) – Málaga
- Rodrigo (25) – Seville
- Sabela (24) – A Coruña
Operación Triunfo begins next week when Gala 0 will be held. The eighteen singers are competing for sixteen places in the academy, meaning two singers will be knocked out before even making it to the academy.
The show will this year feature its largest setting to date, with just under 900 fans able to support the participants each week in the studio. In addition to a change in the day the show is broadcast, one member of the judging panel has changed. Monica Naranjo will be leaving the show, with Ana Torroja taking her place.
Operación Triunfo 2018 will be used to select the Spanish participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. RTVE revealed today that the show which returned to Spanish screens last year will once again be used to determine the Spanish entrant for 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.