The Portuguese press is reporting that RTP has selected four female hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, this May in Lisbon.
According to Impala.pt four well known Portuguese television personalities and actresses have been selected by RTP to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Catarina Furtado, Silvia AlbertoSilvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela and Daniela Ruah, have all been reported this evening to be RTP’s choice to host the competition.
Reports state that the four reported hosts were together last week for a special photo shoot, ahead of the official announcement on Monday. RTP has been contacted for comment on the matter, however has yet to respond to the reports.
Who are the potential hosts?
Catarina Furtado – Has been a presenter on Portuguese television since the 1990s. Her breakthrough came as the presenter of the weekly charts program Top + on RTP, since then she has fronted the Voice of Portugal as well as presenting Festival da Cancao.
Silvia Alberto – Has been a presenter at RTP since 2000 and has fronted a number of well known programs, including Festival da Cancao a total of seven times, as well as Danca Comigo.
Filomena Cautela – Has been a television presenter for a variety of channels since 2004. In 2017 she was the spokesperson for Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Daniela Ruah – Portuguese-American born actress she is best known for playing the part of Kensi Blye in NCIS: Los Angeles.
This is Portugal’s first time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, after Salvador Sobral’s win last year in Kiev with the song “Amar Pelos Dois.” The first semi-final will be held on May 8 with the second on May 10. The grand final, which will feature the ten winners of each semi-final, plus the entries of the Big 5 – United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany – and host country Portugal.
A total of 43 countries will take part in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Russia, as they return to the contest after a year break. The 43 participating countries are:
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
The official slogan for next year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.