Over the summer she found herself at the centre of the Eurovision 2018 rumour mill, with fans and various news media speculating that she might sing for AVROTROS in Lisbon.
And on Friday Romy Monteiro confirmed that she had, in fact, been approached about singing at the contest for The Netherlands.
Speaking on Lars Boele’s morning show she said that she had been called to talks about a possible participation. But it seems she is taking things slowly, admitting that she’s keen to focus on writing her own music and album, and developing as a singer.
“I have not turned it down,” she said. But it seems that Romy would prefer to wait until she’s released more material in the years ahead.
But it now seems that any conversations Romy may have had were entirely informal.
Shortly after news broke today, Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas tweeted that no one has been formally approached and that nothing has been decided about The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2018 singer.
Nav vragen #songfestival: niemand is nog officieel gepeild of gevraagd
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) August 25, 2017
Following our earlier report that she may be considered for Eurovision, AVROTROS announced that the singing sensation will host Junior Songfestival — the country’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest selection.
“In recent years, the festival has proved a real springboard for young singing talents,” Romy said of the announcement. “And the boys and girls we see this year in the semifinals are also each such promising talents.”
Romy, who until recently was starring in the musical The Bodyguard, will host the two semi-finals.
Romy came to public attention in 2014 when she competed on The Voice of Holland, where she made it through to the quarterfinals. It wasn’t apparent at the time, but that season of the show spawned at least two Eurovision connections. Her coach was Eurovision 2015 star Trijntje Oosterhuis and the winners of that season were OG3NE, who went on to represent the Netherlands this year.
She may not have won the title, but Romy did win the leading role in the Dutch version of the musical The Bodyguard, where she went on to slay some of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits daily.
The musical also showed off another one of Romy’s talents: dancing. In 2016 she took part in the television show Dance, dance, dance, where she competed in a group along with mother Antje Monteiro, also a musical star.
Her voice combined with her ability to move would give The Netherlands the chance to send a dance track — the first in a very long time. But trust us: Romy will stand out even if she stands in place and belts out a ballad!
Romy also has loose connections to Portugal, where Eurovision 2018 will take place. Her estranged father, who left the family while she was still young, is Angolan-Portuguese.
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