The eleventh competitive gala of Operación Triunfo took place on last night. The two nominated contestants sang to stay in the Academy while the other five contestants aimed to named finalists by the jury.
Joining the jury as guest judges this week were Javier Llano and Ana Belén, who filled in for regular judge Ana Torroja. The guest performers this week Rosana and Alfred García, who represented Spain alongside Amaia Romero this year in Lisbon.
Last week’s nominated contestants, Marta and Sabela, each had to perform a song of their choice. Marta chose “One More Try” by George Michael while Sabela chose “El cuarto de Tula” by Buena Vista Social Club. With 64% of the public vote, Sabela was saved while Marta became the tenth contestant to be expelled from the Operación Triunfo Academy.
After Marta’s elimination, the remaining six contestants (including Sabela) were evaluated by the jury.
The performances by the contestants who were not nominated last week were as follows:
- Famous – “Problem” (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea)
- Julia – “Sober” (Demi Lovato)
- Miki – “Hijos de la tierra” (Nil Moliner)
- Natalia – “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga)
- Alba Reche – “Crazy in Love” (Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z)
The jury gave a mark to each contestant based on their performances throughout the series. The contestant with the highest score was declared the first finalist. The marks were as follows:
- Sabela – 33
- Famous – 35
- Julia – 37
- Miki – 31
- Natalia -40 Finalist
- Alba Reche – 37
After Natalia became the first finalist, the Academy staff had the power to make one of remaining five contestants the second finalist. They chose Famous. Next week, the jury will choose one of the four remaining contestants, Sabela, Julia, Miki or Alba Reche, to be the third finalist. The remaining two finalists will be chosen by the public.
A Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo will be held in January to select the Spanish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Any of the 16 contestants that entered the Academy can be selected for Eurovision, regardless of their placement in the competition.
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”.