Spain participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with an entry selected through the first series of the reality casting show Operación Triunfo. Rosa with the song « Europe’s Living a Celebration« , composed by Toni and Xasqui Ten, was chosen through televoting by the Spanish public.
Rosa placed 7th with 81 points at Eurovision, where her backing singers where her fellow contestants from Operación Triunfo David Bisbal, David Bustamante, Chenoa, Gisela (who would represent Andorra in 2008) and Geno.
Operación Triunfo (first series)
The first season of Operación Triunfo was broadcast from the Mediapark Studios in Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona and was hosted by Carlos Lozano. After the regular final of Operación Triunfo that took place on 11 February 2002 (where Rosa was declared the overall winner of the season), the top three contestants – Rosa herself, David Bisbal, and David Bustamante – qualified for the Eurovision phase of the contest, which consisted of a semi-final and a final. Three songs were assigned to each contestant among those submitted to national broadcaster TVE, making a total of nine songs. In the semi-final, a jury eliminated one of the songs assigned to each artist, and then a finalist song was chosen for each contestant though televoting. The three songs that participated in the final were « La magia del corazón » by David Bustamante, « Corazón Latino » by David Bisbal, and « Europe’s Living a Celebration » by Rosa.
Result of national final
The national final took place on 18 March 2002. At the close of voting, Rosa received the highest number of votes and was proclaimed the winner and entrant for Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002.
|1||« La magia del corazón »||The magic of the heart||David Bustamante||17.3%||3rd|
|2||« Corazón Latino »||Latin heart||David Bisbal||32.8%||2nd|
|3||« Europe’s Living a Celebration«||–||Rosa||49.9%||1st|
At Eurovision, Rosa performed 5th. At the close of the voting she had received 81 points, placing 7th of 24.
Points awarded by Spain
|3 points||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Points awarded to Spain
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
- « GALA: 11/03/2002 » (in Spanish). Telefónica. 2002-03-11. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
(Note: Entries scored out are when Spain did not compete)
(Note: All information are in order of appearance)