Friday, April 27, 2018

Spain - Tu Canción - Amaia y Alfred

23 - 61 pts, not in semi

Spanish broadcaster TVE revived the good old Operación Triunfo to select this years Eurovision star.
The last five contestants had 9 songs among them (incl. duets) from which the Eurovision entry was chosen.
Alfred Garcia & Amaia Romero won the Eurovision Gala with their duet Tu Canción (Your song), written by Raul Gomez Garcia  and Sylvia Ruth Santoro Lopez.

The song was released as a digital track (see below) and on several Operacion Triunfo CDs (see below)
A new version announced as Version Definitiva was recorded for Eurovision. (Listen here)
This version was released as a 1-track cdsingle on March 23. It comes in a digipack sleeve with a small booklet with lyrics, pictures and info. Nice! (Universal 0602567489382).
The promo issue is different from the original release, it comes in a fold-out sleeve without tray.

An English version Your Song was released on April 27 (digital)

A week after the Eurovision Gala Amaia Romero went on to win the whole OT competition. Boyfriend and Eurovision partner Alfred Romero finished 4th.

All nine songs from the Eurovision Gala were released on digital platforms on the 29th of Januari. A CD release including all nine Gala songs is out since February 23 (see OT CD's below)
You can listen to all the songs here (you'll need Spotify).

English version DRI
Tu Canción - Version definitiva (ESC version)
- cdsingle
Tu Canción - original OT version
- various OT CDs, see below
Your Song - English version
- digital release
Tu Canción - live
- CD/DVD El Concierto
Tu Canción - karaoke (= instrumental)
- On the official karaoke album (digital)

Alfred's Revista + CD
All entries from the Eurovision Gala are released on a Deluxe 2CD on February 23. It has one CD Lo mejor (2ª Parte) with more highlights from the show (incl. a cover of Quedate Conmigo) and a second CD with all 9 songs from the Eurovision selection. (see full tracklist at the end of this post). The Deluxe edition also has 16 postcards, everything you always wanted.

Then there are two exclusive magazines (revistas) that each come with a CD.
Alfred García: Sus Canciones (18 tracks) and Amaia Romero: Sus Canciones (19 tracks) both include Tu Canción (the original version).
Alfred's also includes his version of last years Portuguese winner Amar Pelos Dois.
Other contestants Ana Guerra, Miriam and Aitana Ocaña
also have a magazine/CD release.
All magazines were released in Spain on May 9.

The Spanish physical charts of April 15
Tu Cancion was released as a CDsingle on March 23. The preselection song Camina, performed by all OT stars, was also released as a 1-track CDsingle with a calendar for 2018/2019.
On April 6 the 3rd place song Lo Malo by Aitana y Ana Guerra was also released as a cdsingle.
Lo Malo is already the biggest hit of OT 17 so far, outselling the Eurovision entry.

Other CD's with music from the new Operación that were already released are:
Amaia's Revista + CD
- Operación Triunfo 2017: Lo mejor (1ª Parte) was released on December 8 and features highlights from the first shows. It includes Eres Tu (The Spanish 1973 entry, OT live clip here) performed by all contestants.

El Concierto
A live version of Tu Canción can be found on the CD/DVD set El Concierto (Live recording from the Bercelona Palau Sant Jordi concert)

- Operación Triunfo 2017: Duetos was released on December 26. This one features duets from the OT Christmas show. 
- Operación Triunfo 2017: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti was released on February 2 . This one features love songs to tie in with Valentines day. It includes a coverversion of last years winner Amar Pelos Dois by Alfred García.
- Operación Triunfo 2017: Lo mejor (2ª Parte) is out on February 23. (Single CD and Deluxe 2CD, see above)

On May 4 all Gala's were released on two 7CD box sets.

All CDs are released by Universal Music Spain.

1st Digital release image
Tu Canción enters the Spanish top 50 charts at #1, but that list is sort of discontinued as the main charts. Now there are three charts: A top 100 including sales and streaming, a top 50 with physical and digital sales and the top 20 with physical only sales.
Spanish top 100: 4, 3, 7, 12, 15, 17, 12, 20, 17, 32, 29, 43, 53, 26, 37, 19, 52, 73, 79, 100, -
Spanish top 50 Physical+Digital singles: 1, 3, 5, 10, 7, 10, 1, 8, 1, 1, 2, 5, 2, 2, 3, 13, 16, 24, 33, 30, 38, 49, 49, -
Spanish Physical singles top 20: 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 9, chart discontinued
Links and sources:
Thanks to Frederick.
Amaia Romero: Facebook
Alfred Garcia: Facebook
Operación Triunfo pages
The cdsingle at BeaRecords
Viva España: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

It may be a bit cheeky to release a coverversion even before the contest has taken place, but Marina Damer and Carlos Ambros did just that. It was released as a digital single.
Marina Damer already released a coverversion of last years winner Amar Pelos Dois. (more about that here at Eurocovers).

What Is Operación Triunfo?
TVE started Operación Triunfo (OT), a reality show style talent competition, in 2001 to select the 2002 Eurovision entry. The first series was won by Rosa Lopez who went to Eurovision with the song Europe's Living A Celebration. She ended in 7th place in Tallinn. The TV shows, accompanying concerts and CD releases were extremely successful.
The Eurovision entries of 2003 and 2004 were also connected to the OT series but the Eurovision singer were not the winners: Beth (Dime, 8th in 2003) was 3rd in OT and Ramon (Para Llenarme De Ti, 10th in 2004) was 2nd in OT.
In the following five editions the ties between OT and Eurovision were severed but the 2005 runner up Soraya Arnelas went on to represent Spain in the 2009 Moscow Eurovision. Edurne, who was 6th in the 2005 OT went to Eurovision in 2015.
Operación Triunfo died a slow death after the 2011 season but it is revived in 2017/2018.
In 2016 a re-union TV series and concert of the 2001 edition proved that OT still is popular. The TV shows had high ratings and the concert in Barcelona sold out in a few hours (17.000 attended).
The TV series and concert were released on a CD/DVD set OT: El Reencuentro (Universal). This includes a new live version of Europe's Living A Celebration by Rosa López, the Eurovision entry of 2002.

Tracklist CD 2 - Operación Triunfo 2017: Eurovisión
1. Camina - Finalistas de Operación Triunfo 2017
2. Al Cantar - Amaia
3. Arde - Aitana
4. Que Nos Sigan Las Luces - Alfred
5. Lejos De Tu Piel - Miriam
6. El Remedio - Ana Guerra
7. Tu Canción - Amaia y Alfred
8. Lo Malo - Aitana y Ana Guerra
9. Magia - Miriam y Agoney

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