When Salvador Sobral brought Portugal its first-ever Eurovision victory this May, the country’s broadcaster RTP inherited a mammoth task: organising the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Lisbon, Faro, Guimarães, Gondomar, Santa Maria da Feira and Espinho are already bidding to serve as host city. And there’s one other gig that RTP will want to start thinking about. Who will serve as the face of the nation by acting as host of the three shows?
Since Salvador’s incredible win in Kyiv, there’s been frenzied questions and rumours about who RTP should invite to host the contest. A number of hosts and actors have expressed their interest and it’s quickly becoming a matter of 40 dogs for one bone.
And what a bone it is! Watched by more than 180 million people this year, Eurovision can define a TV presenter’s career and take it to the stratosphere. It’s also high stakes. Portugal wants to put its best face forward — and it needs to look good and ooze warmth and humour. So, as a Portuguese Eurovision lover, I thought I’d name my favourites.
A 44-year-old TV presenter and actress, Catarina Furtado has media in her blood: She’s the daughter of noted RTP journalist Joaquim Furtado, who famously reported on the Carnation Revolution military coup in 1974. But Catarina is definitely standing on her own two feet, having worked with RTP for the past 14 years.
She has immense experience hosting televised talent shows, including the two most recent editions of The Voice of Portugal — the network’s highest-rated show. Perhaps most germane to this discussion, she also hosted the 2017 edition of Festival da Canção, which resulted in Salvador singing for Portugal at Eurovision. Kind, experienced and, let’s face it, stunningly beautiful, she would be in her comfort zone while leading the show either alone or accompanied.
Sílvia Alberto is also in the mix.
The 36-year-old stunner trained at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, so she’s comfortable on the stage and knows how to deal with drama. Just like Catarina, she served as a host at Festival da Canção. In fact, she’s led the show eight times — through good times and bad, through the amazing Suzy…and Homens da Luta.
A former Disney Club presenter, she hit the big time when she presented Ídolos — the Portuguese version of Idol — in 2003 and 2004, alongside actor Pedro Granger (more on him below). Since then she’s hosted other talent shows including Operação Triunfo (2007 and 2011) and most recently, Got Talent Portugal. From circus performers to dance troupes to singers, Catarina has dealt with them all.
When it comes to the green room — where a host needs to draw out the personality of the acts — the obvious choice is Filomena Cautela.
Funny, charismatic and welcoming, Filomena was Portugal’s spokesperson in this year’s Eurovision final (watch her from 23:52 here). She currently helps laugh Portuguese to sleep with her comedy chat show “5 Para A Meia Noite” (Five to Midnight).
She’s no stranger to the world of Eurovision either. As with the earlier ladies, she played a role at Festival da Canção 2017, hosting this year’s green room. In Portugal, everyone knows her and almost everyone loves her.
He’s perhaps the country’s most famous diehard Eurovision fan — and he’s very easy on the eyes.
Pedro Granger — Portuguese TV host and actor — has traveled to Eurovision each year since 2011, choosing to watch the contest live and in person rather than admiring from afar. Right after Portugal won this year’s contest, the 37-year-old stud took to Instagram where he confessed that he’d love to host the show.
“…And to answer all your messages about me hosting Eurovision here in 2018, of course it would be a dream come true but I know that it’s going to be 40 dogs for 1 one bone.”
Pedro may make a good double act with Sílvia. In addition to co-hosting Ídolos, they also co-hosted Festival da Canção 2012.
Portugal’s Eurovision 2018 commentators
While the potential hosts battle it out, there are two other personalities who can rest assured they’ll be working in May.
Portugal’s Eurovision 2017 commentators Nuno Galopim and José Carlos Malato will once again man the commentary booth following this year’s success, which saw more than 1.4 million watch the show — RTP’s best audience share ever.
So, do you agree with our picks? Do you think that there is someone else who should be given a chance? Let us know in the comments box below!