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Endemol’s ‘Operacion’ makes Spain TV history

Winner of contest to rep country in Eurovision competish

MADRID — The final program of Gestmusic Endemol’s reality talent show “Operacion Triunfo” made TV history Monday, notching a 68% market share — the best perf of any program in Spain since the launch of its private TV channels in 1990.

Broadcast by pubcaster RTVE, the show was seen by 13 million viewers.

The four-hour gala cut down the surviving six contestants to three, one of whom will rep Spain in the Eurovision song contest on May 25. Contest provoked hysteria in the participants’ villages, plus front page articles in Spain’s most sober daily newspapers, El Pais and El Mundo.

In a series of galas, the audience will now select the song to be sung at Eurovision, and who will sing it.

According to Gestmusic Endemol managing director of international Isabel Raventos, the Madrid-based production company has already received 100,000 applications to star in the second season of “Triunfo.”

Show is earmarked for versions in Mexico and Brazil as part of Endemol’s joint production ventures with Televisa and TV Globo.

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