Portugal: RTP comes back to Junior Eurovision with Simão Oliveira for 2021

Portugal: RTP comes back to Junior Eurovision with Simão Oliveira for 2021

Portugal will be back in Junior Eurovisio 2021 and has already decided their hopeful, as Simão Oliveira will defend the Portuguese colors in France next November.

Portugal will back in the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest after a year away and apart from confirming its comeback they have already decided their next hopeful.

RTP has chosen Simão Oliveira to be Portugal’s hopeful for Junior Eurovision 2021, marking the first act to be selected for this year’s edition. 

Simão Oliveira is the winner of the The Voice Kids Portugal, which he won in last night’s final show. 

About Simão Oliveira

Simão Oliveira is 13 years old  from Arouca. He lives with his parents and his 8-year-old sister, Rita. Everyone in the family likes to sing and are very excited, but no one has the dream of pursuing a career. The mother works at the Town Hall and the father at the Santa Casa. 

He started singing at the age of 4  .When he started listening to fado , at the age of 6, he fell in love. There he wanted to start listening to the oldest and most traditional themes and fado singers.  

He frequents the youth band of Arouca and plays the clarinet . Friends find it very funny to sing fado, because it is fashionable, but when they sing the classics they always think it is old. He does not care! His references are Tony de Matos, Amália, and recently Zambujo. 

This year he participated in the Portuguese edition of The Voice Kids, which he won. 

Portugal in Junior Eurovision

Parugal partcipated for the very first time in Junior Eurovision in 2006, completing a total of five participations in the contest since then. Namely, they have taken part in the edition of 2006-2007 and 2017-2019, with the best result being the 14th place of Pedro Madeira and Mariana Venâncio in 2006 and 2017, respectively. 

In Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice, Poland, the nations was represented by Joana Almeida and her song “Vem comigo (Come with Me)”, which finished in 16th place with 43 points.

Last year RTP despite confirming initially their participation for the Junior Eurovision in Warsaw, the ongoing covid-19 restrictions forced the broadcaster pull out of the 2020 competition. 

Angelo D.

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