After 14 weekly shows the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo 2018 reached to its final night last evening, with 5 competing acts. Big winner of the night was Famous! 

THE CONTESTANTS AND THE VOTING

In the final we saw 5 acts compete on stage: Sabela, Famous, Alba, Natalia and Julia. During the first part of the show each act performed a song of its choice. 

After the first round of voting, the first three acts in votes we FamousNataliaAlba while Sabela came 4th and Julia 5th. These three acts moved on to a Superfinal where thay had the chance to perform again on stage.

After the second round of voting was completed Famous eventually won the competition coming first in votes. The results specifically developed as following:

1. Famous (36%)
2.  Alba Reche  (35%)
3.  Natalia (29%)

Host of the show was  Roberto Leal  while during the show some popular named came on stage performing, such as Rozalen, Amaia (Spain 2018), David Otero και ο Pablo Alboran.  At some point all 16 OT acts got on stage to perform all togethe while next week a special Christmas Gala will be aired.

THE STORY OF OPERANCION TRIUNFO

Operación Triunfo was launched back in 2001 and was used than to determine the Eurovision 2002 Spanish representative. In that first season Rosa Lopez won the goldent ticket to Tallin in Estonia with her song  Europe’s living a celebration.

TVE channel used the same method to select the spanish eurovision acts and entries the following two years : Beth (2003) and Ramon (2004). In 2005 the tv programm was cut and the talent show moved to private channel Tele Cinco but without having anything to do with Eurovision. However, notable that two OT contestants from the 4th season represented the country in Eurovision, Soraya Arnelas in 2009 and Edurne in 2015.

The tv show returned back to its initial base in 2017, when TVE aired again the show after 13 years. The great success of the show led to establish it as the mechanism to determine the Eurovision 2017 representative.

The wiiners of ΟΤ 2017, Alfred & Amaia , represented the country in Lisbon with their song Tu cancion and finished 23rd in the final.

The next Spanish Eurovision act will be determined through Operancion Triunfo during the Eurovision Gala show that will take place in January.

Spain in Eurovision

Spain participated for the first time in  1961 with Conchita Bautista and has achieved twice to win , in 1968 (Massiel) and in 1969 (Salome). Madrid hosted the contest in 1969 where there was a four country tie in the first place on the final scoreboard.

Despite not having missed a single contest since 1961 , Spain doesn’t have remarkable results to show the latest year. Exception was Anabel Conde’s 2nd place in  Eurovision 1995 held in Dublin.

Lets remember that magical vocal perfromace of Anabel back in 1995: