Mariana Venâncio will represent Portugal at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Eleven-year-old Mariana Venâncio was born on 4th October 2006 in Portuguese capital Lisbon. Lisbon is due to host the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, following the victory of Salvador Sobral this year. Mariana will be the third Portuguese representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – the last time they participated was in 2007. Her idol is the Portuguese singer Aurea. When she goes to Tbilisi in November, she will be taking her family with her for support.
This year, she took part in the final of Juniores de Portugal, the national final show used to select the next Portuguese Junior Eurovision entrant. Mariana and four others were internally selected by RTP to take part in the selection, and all sang the song “YouTuber”, that was specially written and composed for the contest. Mariana received 4 jury points and 5 televote points, meaning that she would be going to Tbilisi in November.
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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.