In just three years he has gone from absolute anonymity to stardom and now he seeks to put a finishing touch, or a movie, to a year full of success. Aitana Ocaña (Barcelona, 21 years old) finalizes the details of her performance this Saturday at the Goya awards gala presented by Antonio Banderas and María Casado at the Soho CaixaBank Theater in Malaga . "Nervous but very happy," she says in a telephone conversation about how the second finalist in Operación Triunfo 2017 is doing , the program that catapulted her to fame and that has opened the doors to a professional life she always dreamed of. She is cautious with the information she can give about the gala. Without revealing the chosen song, he affirms that people "are going to be very surprised." “It's a solo performance, but at the same time no, I'll leave it there. As a vocalist, I'm alone ”, is the only thing she agrees to reveal, confirming that Vanesa Martín, the other guest artist, will not accompany her on stage.
His foray into the Spanish film awards gala is preceded by the praised performances of Rosalía in 2019 and another ex-triumph , Amaia Romero, in 2020 . Last year her friend, partner and winner of OT 2017 made a tribute to Marisol, Goya de Honor, with a performance that Aitana loved. She says that in this time she has not seen her friend and has not been able to ask her for any advice to face such an important moment. “Not long ago we were going to meet but in the end we had to cancel it. We will talk after the performance and he will tell me what he thought of it ”, he assures with a cheerful tone confirming that, although they see little, they love each other very much . Aitana prepares to take the baton and although she knows that the level is high, she hopes not to disappoint. It will be a different ceremony and not only for film professionals who will witness a hybrid gala with the nominees participating from their homes . She will also face the stage without an audience. "The feeling is different because although you know they are watching you from the screen, you do not feel the same as if they were with you," he laments.
Since the pandemic began, he has not done any concert except for the Starlite in Marbella in August and the Coca Cola Music Experience in September, where she already performed with people watching her from their homes. “It is very different, but it is what it touches. Let's see if little by little everything returns to normal ”, he declares. In the absence of concerts, Aitana has invested these months in working on her second album, 11 Reasons , which came out on December 11 and, just 11 weeks later, has already received up to 11 awards – including several Gold and Platinum records – from the hand of Universal, his record company. The interpreter of hits such as Telephone , You are going to stay or The photo of the DNI ensures between laughs that she does not have any kind of knock with the number eleven and admits that it was a simple coincidence.
The one who is considered in Spain as one of the female artists of the moment also sees her popularity skyrocket in Mexico, Latin America and the United States thanks, in part, to her collaborations with other stars such as David Bisbal, Morat, Cali and Dandee, Sebastian Yatra and even Katy Perry . Singing Resilient with the American has been a dream come true for Aitana. "She was the one who chose me, she wanted me to be the one to cover her song," she explains, still enthusiastic. "Then I read in interviews of hers that she said that she was reflected in me when she started in music, and that of someone you have admired since childhood is a privilege." He says that they have only been seen telematically but as soon as the measures for the pandemic allow it, he wants to travel to Los Angeles and meet her in person.
Just as reserved that she is shown not to reveal any surprise from the Goya, Aitana also measures her words when asked about her management of success in these three years . On some occasion she has confessed that after leaving the OT academy, at only 18 years old, she went to a psychologist to help her and her family to ration the fame that had suddenly come into their lives. Now he avoids talking about any topic related to his personal facet for fear of seeing his words taken out of context in a headline. He is aware that his private life arouses great interest and more since two years ago he has been in a relationship with the actor Miguel Bernardeau, son of Ana Duato and the protagonist of series such as Elite or the film Ola de crimes , among others. He doesn't hide it, but he doesn't talk about it either. She does note that to comply with the sanitary protocol neither Bernardeau nor her parents will accompany her to her next appointment at the Goya, but she does not doubt that they will continue her performance as her most loyal admirers. She prefers not to lose focus or divert her attention and prepare for what is one of the most important performances of her career. But as if it were a movie with a great production, Aitana is now ready for its sequel and announces that "new things and a tour project are coming soon" .