Hélder Reis announced that he has been chosen to serve as the Portuguese commentator for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
TV presenter and reporter Hélder Reis shared the news via Facebook that he will provide commentary for the Portuguese broadcast of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tblisi in November.
Reis is no stranger to the Eurovision world, having commentated for Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2015 and 2016. One of the “most recognizable faces on RTP,” Reis also appears as a reporter on the program A Praça and a presenter on Aqui Portugal.
In the Facebook post, Reis expressed his gratitude for this being one of the “most prosperous phases” in his career. Not only was he chosen to commentate for Junior Eurovision, but he also has a new book coming out, a new music video for his band, Polén, is in the works, and he has also begun taping for the TV show Notícias do Meu País.
After a ten-year break from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Portugal will be represented this year in Tblisi by Marinana Venâncio with the song “Youtuber.” She won her spot in her country’s national final on October 5.
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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.