A snippet of the song “Youtuber,” Portugal’s entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been released, and the televote to select the country’s singer has been opened.
At the very end of yesterday’s edition of the RTP infotainment show Á Praça, host Jorge Gabriel revealed the title of this year’s Portuguese Junior Eurovision song by singing an excerpt in a video segment:
RTP teases that the full song will be released on the October 2 edition of Á Praça, to be sung by a “surprise” performer. From what has been revealed so far, the song seems to be about a child’s aspiration to become a video streamer on YouTube.
The public vote to select Portugal’s Junior Eurovision singer was also opened on the show, after each of the contestants was introduced throughout the week. Each of the five contestants will sing “Youtuber” and one other song of their choice at the national selection program, Juniores de Portugal on October 5. The singers, with their respective televote numbers are:
- Filipa Ferreira – 760 100 801
- Mariana Venâncio – 760 100 802
- Matilde Leite – 760 100 803
- Duarte Valença – 760 100 804
- Margarida Lima – 760 100 805.
Each of the contestants’ introduction videos can be viewed on the Festival da Canção website.
The televote will remain open until the end of Juniores de Portugal, when it will be combined with a vote from a jury composed of three industry professionals. The televote and jury vote will be weighted equally. The running order for the program has also been announced.
Juniores de Portugal will be hosted by Á Praça hosts Jorge Gabriel and Sónia Araujo.
The winner of the selection will be expected to represent Portugal at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on November 26 in Tblisi with the song “Youtuber”.
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Portugal has participated twice in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in 2006 and 2007. On both occasions, Festival da Canção Júnior was used to select their entry. Both entries, “Deixa-me sentir” by Pedro Madeira and “Só quero é cantar” by Jorge Leiria, finished second last in their respective years. Portugal withdrew after the 2007 contest, despite high ratings on RTP. They will return, ten years later, for the 2017 contest.