Mariana Venâncio has been selected this evening to represent Portugal at the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Portugal has decided, with Mariana Venâncio being selected to represent the country on their return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They beat off competition from four other singers tonight in the final of Juniores de Portugal. Each of the five competing singers was internally selected by RTP to take part in the national selection.
The five singers who took to the stage this evening were:
- Filipa Ferreira – 5 Jury – 4 Televote – 9 points – 2nd
- Matilde Leite – 3 Jury – 2 Televote – 5 points – 4th
- Margarida Lima – 2 Jury – 3 Televote – 5 points – 3rd
- Duarte Valença – 1 Jury – 1 Televote – 2 points – 5th
- Mariana Venâncio – 4 Jury – 5 Televote – 9 points – 1st
The winner was decided by 50% televoting and 50% jury voting. On the jury were:
- Carlos Mendes – Represented Portugal at Eurovision 1968 and 1972
- Inês Santos – Represented Portugal at Eurovision 1998
- Pedro Gonçalves – Participated in the Portuguese selection process for Eurovision 2017
The Portuguese entry for this years contest in Georgia is called “YouTuber”, the song was written and composed by João Cabrita and Mariana Andrade. The song was revealed to the public for the first time last week. It is not known whether the song will be permitted to take part in Junior Eurovision, due to the use of a specific brand name. In 2012 San Marino was forced to change their Eurovision Song Contest entries name due to the use of Facebook in the title.
Watch the winning performance below:
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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.