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!

Do you think Salvador Sobral should accept Jimmy Fallon’s invitation? Or should he stay home and focus on his upcoming gigs? Tell us all in the comment section below.

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Amy Kelly
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Amy Kelly

I would LOVE to see Salvador on any nighttime show, and Jimmy Fallon would be great!

João Gomes
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João Gomes

Honestly, I’d much rather see him being interviewed by Colbert or Conan… On the other hand, Jimmy Fallon does indeed do a lot of silly antics, and Salvador is no stranger to those either (see Salvador’s presence at 5 Para a Meia Noite with Filomena Cautela, it’s on YouTube and it’s subtitled).

Miros?awa Štern
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Miros?awa Štern

If Salvador Sobral accepts this invitation, it’ll be a great opportunity. However, it is not recommended to travel if his health problems still are persistent. I give him a warning, though. Jimmy Fallon is fake and offtentimes it shows up on his show, which might not appeal to Salvador.

Anne
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Anne

It was fantastic if he accepted…

Because it would be a boost to the eurovision recognition worlwide, and specificaly in USA:

Janey
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Janey

except Fallon tends to be a little fake and scream alot, Salvador might not like that.

Mia
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Mia

The problem may be the distance and his restrictions to travel; when he talked about the invitation he seemed happy, he even refered some great interviews in the show, such as the ones of Jim Carey or Robin Williams

Janey
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Janey

Well, his english is great and he’s a funny, talented guy, no wonder Fallon invited him. Hopefully he’ll accept it, otherwise it’d be a dumb decision not to go. I actually think they might get along, Fallon doesn’t take himself seriously.

Darth Thulhu
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Darth Thulhu

This would be a really unusual event for American late night, if it happened. First, Fallon works for a different Media Megacorp than the Viacom Empire (who own LogoTV), so there would be absolutely Zero mention of Eurovision broadcasts in the USA. For longer than I’ve been alive, it’s pretty much been an unwritten rule that the various media juggernauts don’t ever promote or even positively discuss one another’s ventures, unless they’re also participating and/or getting a cut. Secondly, Salvador would either require a translator, which most US media balk at for live-before-an-audience shows, or he would have to respond… Read more »

P.pt
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P.pt

Salvador speaks english fluently, almost without a foreign accent. You can watch his wiwibloggs interview in this article.
Last year the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert made a sketch about Eurovision… clearly they could mention it without acknowledging that it was broadcasted in the US.

Robyn Gallagher
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Indeed! He used to live in America – his English is flawless.

A
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A

I used to live in America, my english is not as good as his.

Darth Thulhu
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Darth Thulhu

If Salvador’s English is flawless, then the English-language interviews I’ve seen are almost eerie in their awkwardness. I was ascribing the halting responses and odd answers to “having to hunt for the right words”.

If that isn’t actually an issue, and he doesn’t need charity extended for his level of fluency, then I am significantly less confident in his ability to give a good interview live on camera. Unless the questions are known ahead of time, and/or admiring softballs, I now fear he may not be able to express himself positively, given the exchanges I’ve seen.

P.pt
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P.pt

Halting responses, hunting for words? That is an extremely odd interpretation of the way he talks since he makes no pauses to think and his sentences are grammatically correct. He has little to no filter, he just says what is in his mind regardless of what others might think, and yes that can be awkward sometimes (for those who listen), but also brilliant on many occasions because of his sense of humor and because it comes out as genuine and refreshing. Let us remind that he is also “awkward” in his performances and people liked him.

Helena
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Helena

Yep, whatever. Here is what’s going to happen: Salvador will go to the show despite his average English, there will be a script, he will subvert it as always, it’s going to be fun, he will get more fans, Music wins, and haters gonna hate.

MIGUEL
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MIGUEL

My friends, in Portugal we speak very good english and also other european languages…. .Its not an issue for Salvador.This is not the States….i wish you guys would have the capacity to think and speak at least 5 words in Portoghese…..Put this on your heads once and for all…IN PORTUGAL WE SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES FLUENTLY.

A
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A

He wouldn’t need a translator and you clearly have not watched his interviews, Salvador can speak english very well, just like most portuguese people.

Leo Herlington
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Leo Herlington

What?! Salvador is pretty comfortable in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian. You clearly haven’t been paying attention xP Luísa is even better. She almost speaks in perfect Virginia neutral accent American English.

Darth Thulhu
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Darth Thulhu

I’ve heard two of Luisa’s English interviews, and she seems a good deal more confident and natural at expressing herself in the language. Agreed that she seems to be all-but-native in her accent.

I ascribed “poor English fluency” to the English-language interviews I’ve seen from Salvador because they were so halting and awkward, which I was putting down to “he is searching for the words in another language”. If that’s actually full English fluency, then those interviews are even more pained than I originally thought.

Crystal
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Crystal

On most American late night talk shows, musical guests are not usually interviewed by the host unless they’re a major star (like Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, or Ariana Grande, just to name a few), although Salvador’s victory going viral *could* result in him being interviewed. There are no new shows scheduled for the upcoming week (Memorial Day break). Next week, I’m not sure.

From what I’ve heard of him speak, Salvador’s English sounds all right to me. I had no trouble understanding him during his victory speech.

VF
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VF

Salvador told on Portuguese TV that Kristian Kostov knocked on his door with a camera saying he liked his song, but he found it all kind of fake (who wouldn’t).

P.pt
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P.pt

Where did you see that?

VF
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VF

Escportugal

P.pt
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P.pt

yes! I eventually found it.

Branko
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Branko

Any link available?

Padeira de Aljubarrota
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Padeira de Aljubarrota

pareces as velhinhas da minha aldeia……… se calhar isso não convinha aqui vires dar barraca sobre isso 😉
(mas ele também não disse nada de mal)

queee
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queee

He didn’t say that. Parece q querem mais problemas, pqp somos o nosso maior inimigo.

queee
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queee

He didn’t it like that, stop creating drama where it doesnt exist. Parece q querem mais problemas, pqp somos o nosso maior inimigo.

Gustav
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Gustav

Dear Bernardo and All!
Aren’t you aware of the new music from Salvador? You didn’t make a post about it…It’s Alexander’s Search and it’s fantastic.

Ann
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Ann

Was one of his new songs ‘Pressagio’?

Gustav
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Gustav

Ann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdDK4GA5bCw

I can’t really understand why Wiwi guys don’t talk about it…. We’re having posts about Alma’s new album, we even had one on that San Marino guy…

jim
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jim

Nobody cares about his new music, his songs are boring and they all sound the same. Amar pelos dois was more than enough to put us all to sleep.

P.pt
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P.pt

lol! You clearly have no idea. One of his new projects is alternative rock.

Xana
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Xana

Is that why he won? Sore loser.

Helena
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Helena

Alexander Search is not Salvador’s project, it’s Julio Resende’s project, where Salvador is the singer. The first single is already available.
There is also Salvador’s project with Leo, and their second album is coming on 2018, where coincidently Julio is the pianist.

Denis
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Denis

Jimmy Fallon is my favourite late night talk-show, just watched a clip:)
Doubt Salvador would appear though, he probably find it to fast-food for his liking!

Hada
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Hada

I hope he goes, or they find a way to arrange an interview even if it’s by satellite feed. This seems cool.

Zebb
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Zebb

Ah, wanted to grab another can of popcorn but only grabbed doubts after comments.
However would be interesting to check his eng interviews.

Jonas
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Jonas

Hope he will go, it’d be good for his career.

Alan
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Alan

I think he would more likely appear on The Late Show as the American Network that owns and runs The Late Show also runs LogoTV which airs the Song Contest here in the US.

James
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James

I wanna see Salvador perform on Later with Jools Holland, which happens to also air in the United States. That’d be a good follow up after Luisa’s previous appearance a couple of years ago.

Gustav
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Gustav

Wow! That is really fantastic to have someone from Esc doing the US! Has it happened before? Abba, maybe?

James
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James

Celine Dion did multiple guest appearances in the Tonight Show since Jay Leno’s tenure.

Hada
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Hada

Well…

Napaw
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Napaw

Abba, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John.

AngieP
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AngieP

Salvador is “building bridges”! I didn’t know USA is aware of him and his victory. And “The tonight show” is a famous talk show with millions of people watching it. Love it btw! Jimmy is hilarious! Salvador got really famous thanks to Eurovision. It’s good for him, people learned about him.But he has to deal with all this exposure. He’s grounded so I’m sure of that. He doesn’t need to appear everywhere he’s invited to go. If he should go to the US? No, it’s not necessary. He can do selected appearances and focus on his career, his mysic, and… Read more »

pssfda
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pssfda

He has already said that he does not see the point in this interview.

P.pt
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P.pt

No he hasn’t! He only said he is not sure whether he is going or not, it’s his agent that is taking care of it. They joked ironically about how he fitted so well in a scripted talkshow.

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Liam Lindsay
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Liam Lindsay

I say go for it, make the most out of the year as a ESC winner, this could open serious doors for him musically, and for those who say that he can’t go due to medical reasons are just stupid, they’ll organise things for him like they did for ESC.

Go for it, Salvador!!

P.S. America will go nuts for him, his charm and awkwardness is endearing to many people worldwide

Davve
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Davve

I dont think Diva-Salvador will go to perform in this”fast food show”… Lol

annabel
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annabel

Yeah, he said in a recent interview that he does not identify himself with this kind of show ( curiously he said the same about ESC) . But it’s like you say, guess he was once again being a hypocrite and performing his “diva” show, and that he’ll accept it, now that he was already been crowned the king of “fast food” and is called a “pop star”. LOL

P.pt
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P.pt

He joked about scripted interviews, he didn’t say he doesn’t identify himself with talkshows. He has already been in a few talkshows.

Jonas
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Jonas

Annabell, he never said that. He has performed in a lot of talk shows too. I dont see hypocrisy in saying that you dont identify with a contest, even if you’re competing. i dont even remember him saying that, proof please? everybody is free to say that anyway, you dont have to be a blind sheep. You think Lordi identify with the contest? Lol
If there are any hypocrites it’s people like you and other euro fans, who bash the contestants online every year.
If you think ESC is a fast food show, you’re just proving he’s right.

Alex
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Alex

Oh give it up already…

Miguel
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Miguel

Eres muy cutre

jim
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jim

Salvador will probably claim that he can’t go to USA because it is too far away from Portugal and his doctors won’t allow this.
Tbh I hope he wont go because if he goes he will certainly embarass himself again with his akward comments and probably end up insulting everyone in the tonight show and in esc

P.pt
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P.pt

Embarrassment only comes when one gives too much importance to other’s criticism and doesn’t believe in what he’s saying or doing. Ricky Gervais is amazing at insulting people with reality…

Alex
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Alex

As an American, I would love to see Salvador on Jimmy Fallon’s show. You and the other people that don’t like Salvador can keep quiet and leave your TVs off.

Miguel
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Miguel

De momento el unico que esra insultando y tergiversando eres tu

Veronique
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Veronique

“If Conchita’s beard conquered America” Huh? lol “why can’t Salvador’s quirkiness do it as well?” Long live the Quirkiness.

Jomaire
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Jomaire

Long Live to the King!

Jo
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Jo

Well. That’s random …

Jo
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Jo

I wonder if he will accept the invitation since that’s a very “fast food talk show”.

jerry
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jerry

I wonder if Salvador will want to go to OGAE events.

PTG
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PTG

It would be really weird if Salvador accept it. I hope he refuse the invitation.

azaad
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azaad

Tell Alex Florea this.

P.pt
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P.pt

I would “love” to see Alex ranting about Jimmy Fallon and Salvador, probably saying something like it was all an hoax, after all Salvador “doesn’t” give interviews.