Lisbon 2018

RTVE receives over 200 songs for OT Eurovision

RTVE will have plenty to choose from for their Eurovision selection in Operación Triunfo. ESCPortugal have reported that over two hundred songs have been sent in. Each of the composers is hoping to see their song flying the Spanish flag in Lisbon.

All in Spanish

Just last week, the Spanish broadcaster confirmed that all songs taking part in the Eurovision selection have to be in Spanish. Interesting, as the past two Spanish national finals did not have that requirement. 2016 entrant Barei even chose to perform her song in English only in Stockholm.

Perhaps a duo?

On 23rd January, we’ll know which songs RTVE have selected as potential Eurovision songs. The Spanish broadcaster will then also tell the finalists of Operación Triunfo which song they’re going to be singing. The singers will then have about six days to prepare their Eurovision presentation.

All composers were asked to tell RTVE which candidate they would prefer for that song. The Operación Triunfo organisers will work with the information they have. Interestingly, composers were allowed to name multiple artists for their song. In other words: We could end up with a duo representing Spain in Lisbon. Admitted, it’s not likely, but the option is there.

Five finalists for Operación Triunfo

The final of Operación Triunfo’s Eurovision adventure will be taking place on Monday, 29th January. You might need to stay up a little longer than usual for it, as it will start at 22:35 CET.

Six acts are currently in the running for five spots in the OT Eurovision Gala. Amaia, Miriam, Alfred and Aitana have already managed to qualify for the Eurovision show. Amaia had a perfect jury scory in Monday’s show. Agoney and Ana Guerra will be fighting it out on Monday for the final spot in the final.

Who is your favourite in Operación Triunfo at the moment? Let us know below or on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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