Ruth Lorenzo has submitted songs to Spain’s national final selection show.
The Spanish representative at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruth Lorenzo, has revealed that she has submitted some songs to Operacion Triunfo 2018, Spain’s national final show. The singer featured on the Jury Panel at the show’s Gala #8 on Wednesday, and attended the Eurochat at the OT Academy, where she revealed that she has submitted songs to the final.
Ruth Lorenzo represented Spain at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. With her song “Dancing In The Rain”, placing 10th in the final with 74 points.
It was also recently revealed that a total of 336 songs have been submitted so far as the nation searches for their Eurovision 2019 entry. RTVE reports that of the 336 songs submitted so far the majority are pop songs or ballads. In addition songs have been received in Spanish, as well as all other official languages spoken in Spain.
Those submitting their entries may also pick their preferred singer between the 16 participants of Operación Triunfo 2018 (including those eliminated before the gala) although their choice is not binding. Entries can be submitted up until November 15. RTVE will also reach out to professional artists and songwriters to submit entries. From both the public and private call for songs, 10 entries will be chosen from each. Entries must not have been published before September 1 and must contain lyrics in one of the co-official languages of Spain (Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician).
Once all 20 songs are selected, the Operación Triunfo contestants will record them, and an online vote will begin on rtve.es. The three most popular acts will directly qualify to the Eurovision Gala, while a panel composed of music experts and two professors at the Academy will select up to seven other songs.
Amaia y Alfred were selected through last year’s edition to represent Spain in Lisbon. They finished 23rd in the final with a total of 61 points, following their performance of “Tu canción”.
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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.