TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has revealed which three songs received the most votes in the online voting and will progress to the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo.
The online voting for the Eurovision Gala ran from December 20, the day of the final of Operación Triunfo, until 23.59 CET yesterday. Fans could vote daily for their three favourite songs and then validate their votes using their Facebook, Twitter or RTVE accounts. The three songs with the most votes move directly to the Eurovision Gala. Over 190,000 votes were received.
The full ranking of the songs is as follows:
- María – “Muérdeme” – Qualified
- Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez” – Qualified
- Natalia – “La clave” – Qualified
- Famous – “No puedo más”
- Miki – “La venda”
- Alba Reche – “Qué será luego”
- Marilia – “Todo bien”
- Marta – “Vuelve”
- Natalia y Miki – “Nadie se salva”
- Sabela – “Hoy soñaré”
- Julia – “Qué quieres que haga”
- Carlos – “Se te nota”
- Damion – “Sale”
- Sabela – “Dímelo de frente”
- Carlos – “Nunca fui”
- Joan Garrido y Marilia – “A tu lado”
- Miki – “El equilibrio”
A five-member selection committee made up of two members of the RTVE Board of Directors, two professors of the Operación Triunfo Academy and one member of RTVE Digital, will now select seven more songs from the remaining 14 to advance to the Eurovision Gala. Once all ten finalists have been selected, the final versions of the songs will be recorded for the Eurovision Gala in January.
Amaia y Alfred were selected through the previous edition of Operación Triunfo to represent Spain in Lisbon last year. They finished 23rd in the final with a total of 61 points, following their performance of “Tu canción”.
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, 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 ten occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.