It might seem unreal, but Nelly Furtado — the Grammy Award winning international superstar — might actually consider representing Portugal at Eurovision 2017.
Rose Slanic, Nelly’s manager, has told Eurovisionary that Miss Furtado is open to the possibility.
She said: “If RTP contacts us with further details and a considerable amount of time, we might consider the idea.”
“MANEATER” — NELLY FURTADO
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Nelly is the daughter of Maria Manuela and António José Furtado, who originally hail from São Miguel Island in the Azores.
She rose to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which included her best-known single “I’m Like A Bird”.
Subsequent albums included gems like “Promiscuous”, “Maneater” and “Say it Right”, and have resulted in the sale of more than 40 million records worldwide.
“SAY IT RIGHT” — NELLY FURTADO
Nelly hasn’t released any chart-toppers recently, but she’s been busy in the studio working on a comeback album.
We’re loving the idea of having a Eurovision song on the set list, and welcoming her to the Wiwi Jam 2017 in Ukraine.
There’s just one big hurdle: If Nelly wants to represent the Iberian nation at Eurovision, she’ll need to win Festival da Canção. Given its occasionally dated winners, her radio-friendly, contemporary tracks won’t do her any favours.
We’re sure everyone is fan-girling hard right now and screaming internal selection, but a competition is a competition.
This much we know: Portugal has embraced Nelly.
In 2004 she sang “Força” — the anthem for Euro 2004 — which was held in Portugal that year.
“PROMISCUOUS” — NELLY FURTADO
Are you excited for Nelly’s comeback album and her potential Eurovision run? Do you think that RTP should consider her? Or would you prefer to see Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro fly the flag for Portugal? Let us know below!