Olá Portugal! Over the past couple of weeks, speculation and intrigue has been building about who will host Eurovision 2018. And if Impala News has it right, then the wait is finally over.
Although the official announcement is set for Monday, Impala News is already citing what it describes as a trusted source who says that NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah will host Eurovision 2018 with RTP presenters Catarina Furtado, Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela.
Impala says its sources confirmed that the four beauties were part of an official photoshoot last week and are set to be announced at RTP headquarters on Monday. There is no confirmation yet if all four will host the three shows or if we will have something similar to Eurovision 2009, where two presenters hosted the semi-finals and a different pair hosted the Grand Final.
RTP officials did not respond to Impala‘s queries on the matter.
Three of the announced hosts were rumored by wiwibloggs after Portugal’s victory at Eurovision 2017, but who are the chosen ones?
The 34-year-old beauty is a Hollywood actress and currently stars in the CBS hit series “NCIS: Los Angeles”. The talented thespian was born in Boston, but her family moved to Portugal when she was only 5.
She started her career in Portuguese telenovelas before flying to London where she got her Bachelor of Arts. In 2006 she won the Portuguese version of Dancing with the Stars, showing she is not just a pretty face. She’s got legs — and she knows how to werk ’em!
Daniela went on to live in New York to hone her craft and booked a leading actress position in “NCIS: LA”. The series is currently in its 9th season.
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.
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.
After having three male hosts celebrating diversity in Kyiv, RTP is going for a full on female crew to take on the world’s biggest music competition. We’re excited!
What do you think of the four ladies? Are you excited to see them hosting Eurovision in May? Tell us in the comment section below!