One of the four hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Filomena Cautela, has recently shared her experience as host in an interview with Journal de Notícias.
Filomena Cautela starts off the interview by stating that the contest is “beautiful, and a demonstration of freedom, sportsmanship and solidarity between countries”. She also revealed that by the end of the contest, she knew the majority of the songs:
I happen to know the songs all in color. The bandwagon was already singing the Estonian song, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with each country, but as in the rehearsals there was nobody there and I was talking to the white sofas, everything else was improvised… But I tried. Most were in their delegations and I did not want to annoy them. The funny thing is that, after the first semifinal, the artists who performed on Monday and who saw what I did in the “green room” they all wanted to do a lot of things. I think they realized that we were all having fun .
Filomena’s overall take from the contest is that it is “friendly”:
Eurovision is a competition that involves millions of euros, countries and policies, but frankly I think it has nothing to do with the show and what goes on on that stage. For that reason: because we can have Caetano Veloso, opera singers, metal singers, nordic folk, light music, pimbalhona music… On the stage and in the audience where people feel they can be them I’m not just talking about men who dress like women, but whole families with flags, painted and singing everything. People who were dancing to the sound of “Toy” and two minutes later they were enjoying heavy metal.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place on the 8th, 10th and 12th May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. The contest featured 43 countries, with Israel coming out on top with “Toy”.