Spanish broadcaster RTVE has given more information on how its going to select its 2019 Eurovision act.
A few months back, the broadcaster confirmed it would use its highly popular talent show Operación Triunfo once more as Eurovision selection mechanism for 2019. The show has proven to be a successful platform for many popular Spanish singers to launch their pop career. 16 young artists hope to step into the shoes of Rosa, David Bisbal, Soraya, Ainhoa, Edurne and last year’s runner up Aitana.
The show had previously been used as Eurovision mechanism from 2002 to 2004, with Spain reaching comfortably top ten. 2018 didn’t have a return to the top ten in store, improvements have been made in the hope for success.
The biggest change is the decision to open up the ability to represent Eurovision to all 16 candidates, rather than the semi-finalists as was the case last year.
Song submission from general public and music industry
In total RTVE‘s aim is to select 20 songs; Half of those submissions will come from the general public, the other half written and composed by professionals in the Spanish music industry on request by RTVE. Those interested to submit via the general public have from November 1st to November 15 to do so. Entries must include lyrics in one of the co-official languages of Spain which includes Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician.
As last year, the broadcaster, producers and Academy tutors will match the singers and songs, to have the most impact. This means contestant will either perform as solo singers, duo’s or even groups.
On December 10, the selected 20 songs will be made public on the official Operación Triunfo website for the public to hear. The three most popular songs by the public will be shortlisted for the Eurovision gala. Another seven songs could be selected by a professional jury. In total no more than 10 songs will be performed during the special Eurovision gala. The act to represent Spain on May 18th in Tel Aviv, will be decided by the public alone.
Last year Spain were represented by Alfred and, its overall winner, Amaia, performing the love ballad Tu Cancion. The song finished 23rd in the grand final with 61 points.