In Portugal 50,000 viewers tuned in to watch as the country returned to Eurovision Young Dancers after a six year break.
50,000 Portuguese viewers tuned into RTP2 to watch the final of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The show which was broadcast on delay at 22:00 GMT, had a share of 1.4% of viewers and a rating of 0.5%.
Portugal’s viewing figures for other Eurovision shows are as follows:
- Junior Eurovision 2017 – 210,000 viewers
- Eurovision 2017 Grand Final – 1.4 million viewers
- Eurovision 2017 Semi-Final One – 893,000 viewers
Raquel Fidalgo represented Portugal at this year’s Eurovision Young Dancers. Born in 1999, Raquel began dancing at just five-years-old. In 2010, she entered the National Ballet School of Portugal, and has performed in many shows and competitions both in Portugal and globally. Most recently, she completed her internship at the National Ballet Company of Portugal, where she now works. Raquel realised that he wanted to become a professional dancer after she performed as Mascha in the Nutcracker in seventh grade.
The eight participants of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 were as follows:
- Norway – Anna Louise Amundsen
- Germany – Danila Kapustin
- Malta – Denise Buttigieg
- Portugal – Raquel Fidalgo
- Poland – Paulina Bidzińska
- Slovenia – Patricija Crnkovič
- Sweden – Christoffer Collins
- Czech Republic – Michal Vach
Paulina Bidzińska won Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, becoming the second consecutive Polish winner of the contest. Paulina Bidzińska from Poland and Patricija Crnkovič from Slovenia progressed to the final duel, in which each dancer had 45 seconds to impress the jury. This was a repeat of the 2015 final.
Source: ESC Portugal
What is Eurovision Young Dancers?
First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.