He’s the in-demand winner of Eurovision 2017, who was invited to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon shortly after returning to Portugal.
And tonight, in an interview broadcast on Portugal’s TVI with Portuguese TV show host Fátima Lopes, the singer reveals that he had to turn down the invitation from one of America’s most popular shows.
As ESC Portugal reports, the jazz star says: “I cannot get out of here — we tried Skype but the Americans do not want any of that.”
Salvador, you’ll remember, had to miss the first week of Eurovision rehearsals owing to ongoing health issues. As his sister explained at the time, he cannot be away from his medical team in Portugal for prolonged periods of time. It’s understandable that long-haul travel from Lisbon to New York isn’t on the cards.
However, the fact that the “Amar pelos dois” singer offered to do the interview via Skype shows that he’s willing and interested in making in-roads across the ocean. Love for two? Portugal and America, honey!
America wants Salvador
Following Eurovision rumours spread quickly that Fallon wanted Salvador for his show, and Portugal’s Head of Delegation Carla Bugalho soon confirmed the news on a Portuguese daytime TV show A Praça.
“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.
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 posts consistently high ratings and has 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 it 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 for most — Salvador is still dealing with a high number of invitations from outside Portugal. 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.”
Jimmy Fallon’s invitation marks the second time a recent Eurovision winner has taken America by storm.
In 2015 Conchita Wurst dazzled audiences on the Golden Globes red carpet, wearing a velvet slit dress. If Conchita’s beard conquered America why can’t Salvador’s quirkiness do the same?
Are you Eurovision fans in America sad that Salvador will be staying home? Do you hope Jimmy will invite him again once Salvador is able to travel more freely? Let us know in the comments box below.