Spain’s popular reality talent competition Operacion Triunfo made its return to our screens last year and served as the selection show for the Spanish Eurovision entry for 2018. Due to the success of Alfred y Amaia, broadcaster RTVE have decided to use the format again for Eurovision 2019.
The program kicked off on 19 September and brought eighteen young singers together in a performance school (think Fame Academy). Each week the contestants perform live at gala events for the teachers, headmaster, fellow contestants and the audience at home. Each week four singers are nominated for elimination. One is saved by the Academy’s staff, one by the contestants and one by the public vote. The singer who isn’t saved is then eliminated.
The show is now in its ninth week and nine contestants remain: Alba, Famous, Julia, María, Marilia, Marta, Miki, Natalia and Sabela.
A special Gala Show: Gala Eurovision will take place in January 2019 where the contestants who remain in the contest will sing as solo acts, duos and bands in order to be selected as the Spanish Eurovision representative for Eurovision 2019.
Operacion Triunfo airs weekly on Wednesday nights on Spanish channel LA1.
Last year’s Operacion Triunfo Gala Eurovision was won by Alfred y Amaia who also found love on the show. They went on to represent Spain at Eurovision 2018, finishing 23rd with ‘Tu Cancion’. Amaia was also crowned the winner of Operacion Triunfo a week after the Gala Eurovision Show, while Alfred finished 4th.