Portuguese broadcaster RTP1 has now revealed the title of Simão Oliveira’s entry for Junior Eurovision 2021. He will perform O Rapaz, meaning the boy, at the contest in December.
What do we know about Portugal’s JESC team?
Junioureurovision,tv has also shared some more information about Oliveira and his musical influences. 14 years old and from Arouca, near Porto, Simão is a huge fan of traditional Portuguese fado music and cites his musical influences as Tony de Matos, Amália Rodrigues, and António Zambujo. He is also a talented clarinetist and plays in his hometown’s youth band.
Fernando Daniel may be familiar to Eurovision fans as the fifth-place finisher in 2017’s Festival da Canção with his song Poema a Dois. More recently, he mentored Oliveira on The Voice Kids Portugal to win the competition.
Diogo Clemente is another Festival da Canção alum, finishing in 3rd place in 2018 as the composer of Só por ela. He has collaborated with prominent Portuguese artists such as Raquel Tavares, Maria de Fátima, Carminho, Mariza, Marco Rodrigues and Marisa Monte.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Junior Eurovision 2021 will take place in Paris, France following Valentina’s victory in JESC 2020 with “J’imagine”. The contest will be held in La Seine Musicale on December 19th. 19 countries will be competing in the 19th edition of the competition:
- Albania – Anna Gjebera with “Stand By Me”
- Armenia – TBC
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- Bulgaria – TBC
- France (Host) – Enzo – “Tic Tac”
- Georgia – artist to be decided 13th November
- Germany – Pauline with “Imagine”
- Ireland – Maiú Levi Lawlor
- Italy – to be decided during November
- Kazakhstan – to be decided on 6th November
- Malta – Ike and Kaya with “My Home”
- The Netherlands – Ayana with “Mata Sugu Aō Ne”
- North Macedonia – Cast of Dajte Muzika
- Poland – Sara James with “Somebody”
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira with “O Rapaz”
- Russia – to be decided on 30th October
- Serbia – Jovana and Dunja with “Children’s Eyes”
- Spain – Levi Díaz,
- Ukraine – Olena Usenko with “Vazhil”
You can keep up with our JESC 2021 coverage here.
Portugal’s Junior Eurovision Journey
In 2006, Portugal made its debut in the JuniorEurovision Song Contest, where Pedro Madeira represented them with the song “Deixa-me sentir” which placed 14th. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition five times.
Their recent participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was in 2019, where Portugal internally selected Joana Almeida to sing the song “Vem Comigo (Come With Me)” where they managed to place 16th, after receiving 43 points from the online vote.
News Source: Junioreurovision.tv
Photo Source: Filipe Failero