Romy Monteiro confirms interest in Eurovision 2018…days after being named Junior Songfestival host


Daniël Dekker, one of the key figures in AVROTROS’ annual Eurovision selection procedure, recently told Dutch media that he would consider her for Eurovision 2018.

And today singer Romy Monteiro made it clear that she’d love to take up the offer to sing for The Netherlands in Portugal should it arise.

Speaking to Dutch radio station 100% NL, the 24-year-old star said: “I think it’s a great honour and I would definitely say yes. I would start rehearsing and focusing right away, even though it is still a year from now.”

Romy has been a steady presence in our Facebook feed in recent days.

Following our earlier report that she may be considered for Eurovision, AVROTROS announced that the singing sensation will host Junior Songfestival — the country’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest selection.

Romy, who is currently wrapping up her role in the musical The Bodyguard, will host the two semi-finals and final, which takes place on September 16.

“In recent years, the festival has proved a real springboard for young singing talents,” Romy said of the announcement. “And the boys and girls we see this year in the semifinals are also each such promising talents.”

Romy came to public attention in 2014 when she competed on The Voice of Holland, where she made it through to the quarterfinals. It wasn’t apparent at the time, but that season of the show spawned at least two Eurovision connections. Her coach was Eurovision 2015 star Trijntje Oosterhuis and the winners of that season were OG3NE, who went on to represent the Netherlands this year.

She may not have won the title, but Romy did win the leading role in the Dutch version of the musical The Bodyguard, where she slays some of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits daily.

The musical also shows off another one of Romy’s talents: dancing. In 2016 she took part in the television show Dance, dance, dance, where she competed in a group along with mother Antje Monteiro, also a musical star.

Her voice combined with her ability to move would give The Netherlands the chance to send a dance track — the first in a very long time. But trust us: Romy will stand out even if she stands in place and belts out a ballad!

Romy also has loose connections to Portugal, where Eurovision 2018 will take place. Her estranged father, who left the family while she was still young, is Angolan-Portuguese.

The timing could work out very well. Next month, after almost two years of performing in the musical, Romy will bid farewell to her role in The Bodyguard.

Are you liking the idea of Romy at Eurovision? Do you think her Junior Songfestival gig is a sign AVROTROS wants her for the adult ESC as well? 

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