The number of countries participating at Junior Eurovision 2023 continue to be revealed as days go by. After their participation in the Eurovision 2023 final, Portugues broadcaster RTP has revealed that it will be participating at this year’s contest in Nice.
Further information to be revealed in due course
The confirmation of Portugal’s participation in this year’s contest was revealed via the broadcaster’s socials, with their 2022 representative Nicolas Alves appearing on video to confirm their participation.
Upon the announcement of their participation, RTP is yet to reveal how the broadcaster will select its representatives. For the past two years, the broadcaster has looked to selecting their representative via “The Voice Kids”, with the the final of the latest season due to take place this Saturday, the 25th of June.
About Junior Eurovision 2023
Junior Eurovision 2023 landed in ‘Nice’ after France won the competition for a second time in Yerevan, where its 2022 representative Lissandro won the competition with “Oh Maman”. This year’s competition will take place on the 26th of November at 16:00CET in Nice, at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice, which can accomodate up to 9,000 spectators.
At the time of writing the following countries have been confirmed for this year’s contest:
- 🇫🇷 France (Host Country)
- 🇬🇪 Georgia – Anastasia Vasadze
- 🇩🇪 Germany
- 🇮🇪 Ireland
- 🇮🇹 Italy
- 🇲🇹 Malta
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Tamara Grujeska
- 🇵🇱 Poland
- 🇵🇹 Portugal
- 🇪🇸 Spain
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Portugal’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Portugal first took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, with Pedro Madeira singing his song “Deixa-me sentir”. At the close of voting, Portugal finished 14th in a field of 15 participants with a total of 22 points. Portugal participated once more in 2007, before taking a 10 year break and returning to the Contest in 2017. Since then, Portugal has participated a total of seven times.
Portugal’s most recent participation came in 2022 when Nicolas Alves represented the nation in Paris with song “Anos 70”. Once the combined scores were revealed, Portugal finished in 8th place with 121 points. This is currently Portugal’s best result at the Junior Contest, with 70 points coming from the online vote, whilst the remaining 51 came from professional juries.
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News Source: RTP
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