Spain (March 16, 2018)—Spanish broadcaster RTVE chose DPA’s d:facto 4018V vocal microphone for its reality TV show, Operación Triunfo, reportedly for its ability to deliver live sound without picking up interference from a PA system.
The show, which aimed to find new singing talent, ran from October 2017 to February 2018 and was won by Amaia Romero. Along with fellow contestant Alfred Garcia, she will now represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The choice of microphone was crucial to the success of this program because RTVE wanted to return the show to its original live format. This meant capturing the atmosphere of a concert by having contestants sing in front of a live audience each week, on a stage with monitors and a large-format PA.
After testing several options, on-set mixing technician Roc Mateu chose the d:facto 4018V mic. DPA’s Spanish distributor SeeSound supplied 18 microphones—one for each contestant.
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Operación Triunfo attracted an audience of more than five million viewers, the highest viewing figures since the show was first broadcast 13 years ago. It is likely that the show will return for a tenth season later this year.
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