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Ruth Lorenzo, Brisa Fenoy and Emma Sandström submit songs to Gala Eurovision

RTVE’s submissions for Operación Triunfo 2018‘s Gala Eurovision closed yesterday. Now familiar names, including Ruth Lorenzo, Brisa Fenoy and Emma Sandström have revealed they have submitted songs.

From Eurovision to Gala Eurovision composer

At the close of submissions RTVE have received over 1000 entries, far exceeding the number received last year. Since then, names of composers who have been invited and applied have begun to emerge. Following Wednesday night’s episode of OT Gala 8, Ruth Lorenzo, who achieved a top 10 result with ‘Dancing In The Rain’ in 2014, announced during the post-show OT Chat that she had entered a composition for the January selection show.

Despite charming the audience with her X Factor and talent show knowledge on the judging panel, it proved to be a dramatic night for the Eurovision 2014 singer. OT favourite Famous received his first nomination by Ruth Lorenzo, although he was later saved by the academy. However all was well again in the OT Chat post-show as Ruth declared Famous to be her personal favourite.

Unsure of whether she was allowed to announce the news or not. Ruth looked to the director of the academy and OT Chat host, Noemi Galera, before stating that she has indeed penned a song for Gala Eurovision. Thereafter all eyes again turned to Famous, who apparently has hopes on being Spain’s representative in Tel Aviv. The Eurochat special of OT Chat can be found under the ‘programa 8’ links on the official channel.

This is not the first time Ruth has had an impact on Operación Triunfo. Last year she made a guest appearance during OT 2017, performing her single ‘Good Girls Don’t Lie’. As well as this, Ruth also collaborated with one of the contestants after the show, Marina Jade. The debut single ‘Drinking Like I’m Sober’ was co-written and co-composed by Ruth and Marina.

Brisa Fenoy makes OT comeback

Following the massive success of Aitana and Ana Guerra’s Brisa penned track ‘Lo Malo’, there was no doubt that Spain’s hottest property would be called upon again by RTVE to write songs for Gala Eurovision. Indeed this year Brisa has submitted multiple entries that could be the next ‘Lo Malo’ for one of the OT contestants.

I’m composing songs, I’ve done several of them, let’s see if they catch any.

Brisa Fenoy speaking to BLUPER.

With almost 75 million views on YouTube, 65 million streams on Spotify and a remix for the Latin America market, ‘Lo Malo’ is one of the most successful Spanish songs of the year. Last week this success was honoured with ‘Aitana War’ receiving the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award at the LOS40 Music Awards. Brisa herself was also recently nominated in the ‘Best Spanish Act’ category at this years MTV EMAs. Meanwhile the Cadiz singer has been busy continuing to release hits of her own. The funky beats of ‘Parriba’ being Brisa’s latest single.

Emma Sandström turns singer to songwriter for 2019

No stranger to attempting to take to the Eurovision stage herself, Finnish singer Emma Sandström has now turned to songwriting. Emma first came to everyone’s attention during the 2017 edition of Finland’s selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu with ‘Circle of Light’. Bravely battling through some technical difficulties, the endearing effort still ensured 3rd place for the fan favourite mystical banger.

After time to reflect and a renewed passion to exorcise the demons of the past, Emma made a surprise return during San Marino’s new selection show 1in360. Again Emma proved a hit with the fans, making it all the way through the lengthy process to the grand final. As a result Emma’s pop-ballad ‘Diamonds’ finished a respectable 7th place.

Now Emma has revealed the time is right to try her hand at penning songs for Eurovision artists, rather than be the leading lady in front of the mic. From her recent online Vlogs it seems she’s enjoying the therapeutic process and has written songs for selections across Europe, not just Spain’s Gala Eurovision. Although unable to reveal the entries at this time, Emma has teased what we can expect from the potential Spanish entry.

The song is gonna be in Spanish and I’m gonna sing the demo. Imagine Shakira meets Jennifer Lopez meets a little Avicii meets Spain and imagine also kind of a Eurovision slash football arena. Just an arena anyway and dancing!

Emma Sandström

Watch the full Vlog going behind the scenes at the camp below:

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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