He won Eurovision 2017 with a record breaking 758 points, performing his jazzy ballad “Amar Pelos Dois” for more than 160 million people worldwide. Now, after being welcomed as a hero in Portugal and topping charts across Europe, Salvador Sobral is set to conquer audiences across the Atlantic Ocean. The Eurovision champ has been invited to be on the iconic American talkshow The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Over the past week, rumours spread online about a possible invitation that Jimmy Fallon gave to Portugal’s new star. On Tuesday, Portugal’s Head of Delegation Carla Bugalho announced on Portuguese daytime TV show A Praça that the rumours were true.
“We got an invitation from Jimmy Fallon that arrived the day after the final. We had just landed and we got an email with the invitation,” Miss Bugalho said. However, no confirmation has been made on whether Salvador’s team accepted or rejected the invitation.
Nominated for nine primetime Emmy Awards and winning two, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is one of the most watched talkshows in the United States. It’s supported by constant high ratings and a strong social media presence.
This bang still seems surreal for Salvador and his sister Luísa. In their first TV interview after Portugal’s victory in Kyiv, the Sobral clan was surprised to receive the news about the invitation and the repercussions Salvador’s victory is having worldwide. They thanked everyone that supported them and gave insight on how difficult is to answer every single message.
While trying to maintain a low-profile lifestyle — away from the spotlight and close to the ones he cares most — Salvador Sobral is still dealing with a high number of invitations from outside Portugal. Carla Bugalho explained, “We also received invitations from Good Morning Britain and the Swedish royals — because they support the company that designs and creates the Eurovision trophy.”
The demand is high and Salvador Sobral wants to keep his feet on the ground — and we don’t blame him. It’s time for you to relax and enjoy the moment: the trophy is yours and so is Europe’s heart and soul!
Jimmy Fallon’s invitation marks the second time a recent Eurovision winner has taken America by storm. In 2015 Conchita Wurst dazzled audiences at the Golden Globes red carpet, wearing a velvet slit dress. If Conchita’s beard conquered America why can’t Salvador’s quirkiness do it as well? Let’s do this!
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