Sunday, May 07, 2017

ESC 2018: SPAIN GOES BACK TO OPERACIÓN TRIUNFO?

News from Spain concerning their participation in 2018. The good old Operación Trumfo, that brought the country to top-10 three times in a row 2002-2004 and so far the last time anywhere near it with the exception of Ruth Lorenzo's 2014 and Pastora Soler's 2012 - both barely 10th - could be making a comeback as country's national selection next year. It seems TVE is prepairing another 20omething finish next week... BUT OT has given us a lot of Spanish flavour and good placings, hopefully this could change the Spanish Eurovision faith again! In light of that ti makes sense, even if TVE has prompty denied it is so....
In 2002 Operación Triunfo was launched and caused a real hysteria in the Iberian peninsula launching the careers of Rosa Lopez, David Bisbal, David Bustamante, Chenoa, Gisela and some others. Rosa took all the runners up with her to Eurovision and Europe's living a celebration finished 7th while the whole of Spain lived with them the somewhat disappointing placing for the expectations. 
The year after Beth was sent to Eurovision despite finishing only third behind Ainhoa Cantalapiedra and Manuel Carrasco. Dime, a song quite her usual style, was a an favorite and finished 8th. 
In 2004 Spain send again a runner up, Rámon de Castillo instead of winner Vicente Segui. Para llenarme de ti was full of Spanish passion and finished 10th. 
In 2005 the connection to Eurovision was cut but the runner up Soraya Arnelas graced the Eurovision stage a few years alter placing 24th. The show went on until 2011 but hasn't produced so many stars anymore, as it always happen if you have it every year, with the exception of 2008 runner up Pablo Lopez and a few minor names also familiar for Spanish Eurovision selections over the past few years.

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