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The many faces of OT

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 4, 2018 at 2:40 PM

It is a difficult task to list all the talent shows of singers that have been broadcast on television throughout the world. It is still no less difficult to list all the artists who have participated in Eurovision and who became popular from a talent show. But it is very easy to say what has been the most successful program on the Iberian Peninsula, at least, the one that has contributed the most artists to Eurovision. O.T: Operación Triunfo in Spain and Operação Triunfo in Portugal!

Even not all the contestants got the Eurovision passport through O.T. it was partly because of it that they became popular.

Portugal and Spain

In Portugal, the show was never that popular, but it will be the 5th time that a participant of O.T. will took part in Eurovision. First was Sofia Vitoria, the winner of OT2. She became 15th in the semifinal, in 2004. One year later, Rui Drummond (6th at OT1) joined Luciana Abreu and got 17th in the semifinal. From OT3, Vânia Fernandes was 2nd in the semifinal and 13th in the final of 2008 but the 12th place of the same edition, Filipa Sousa, placed 13th in the semifinal of 2012. It is not a case of big succes!

Spain where the show couldn’t be that popular, the program was used to choose directly their representative for 4 times. First with Rosa Lopez. A national phenomenon and the first production of the show. Rosa placed 7th singing the popular “Europe’s living a celebration”. Beth went to Riga one year later and became 8th, even she was not the winner of O.T. The same happened with the runner-up Ramón that placed 10th, in 2004.

But the 4th edition of O.T. (when the format didn’t belong to TVE) also gave two former ESC artists: Soraya and Edurne. Soraya was the runner up and Edurne 6th, but at Eurovision they didn’t get good results.

O.T. across Europe

The original Spanish format had a lot of versions around the World. For example, in Russia, Fabrika Zvyozd, gave to Eurovision the winner of the second season Polina Gagarina, the 3rd place Elena Temnikova (former Serebro) and the 4th place Yulia Savicheva; from the 6th season, the winner Dmitriy Koldun and from the 7th, the also winner of the show Anastasiya Prikhodko. The 8th season included Natalia Podolskaya.

In Greece, Kalomoira was the winner of the 2nd edition; From Operacija Trijumf ( the edition of the region of former Yugoslavia) a young Vukašin Brajić got the 2nd place, the same edition in where Igor Cukrov also took part placing 7th.

This year

This time, Isaura (with Claudia Pascoal) will go on stage as the last son of O.T. Portugal. She placed 8thin it’s last edition. Claudia became popular through the world known talent show The Voice in the Portuguese edition.

From Spain, Amaia (winner of this year’s edition) and Alfred (4th) are the big hopes! Since the Russian former O.T. Polina Gagarina achieved the best classification ever (2nd), will the Spanish duo “Almaia” or Isaura win?

In Spain, the original format will comeback next september or october. If it will be used for selecting the next Eurovision star stills a doubt!

Categories: Spain, Eurovision 2018, Portugal

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