In the lead up to this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the participating countries continue to reveal their Junior Eurovision 2023 entries. This time, its Portugal’s turn as Júlia Machado’s Junior Eurovision 2023 entry “Where I Belong” was released.
About “Where I Belong”
As we have previously reported, the songwriting team for “Where I Belong” is Aurora Pinto, Fernando Daniel, Twins and João Direitinho. In terms of familiarity, Twins was one of the songwriters for Mimicat’s entry “Ai Coração”, whilst Fernando Daniel co-wrote Simão Oliveira’s entry “O Rapaz”.
When “Where I Belong” was revealed, RTP revealed what the song is about:
(Where I Belong) tell us about a trip and all the uncertainties and risks that looking for a better place may involve. The story of someone who lives in a dark and sad place and tries to find a brighter life. A place to call home. Julia publicly assumed being bullied. This song is about her, but the hope itself will serve as a wake-up call and a “shout out of solidarity” to all those going through a similar situation.
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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