Former Junior Eurovision participant Pedro Madeira was featured on the jury panel at Juniores de Portugal.
Portugal’s 2006 Junior Eurovision entrant, Pedro Madeira, has revealed on his social media that he was on the jury panel helping decide who will represent the country at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Pedro represented his country at the 2006 contest in Bucharest, Romania. With his song “Deixa-me sentir”, he placed 14th with 22 points.
The final castings took place at the RTP headquarters this morning, which saw 10 artists perform in front of the jury panel.
The ten artists are:
- Carolina Teixeira
- Eva Stuart
- Júlia Ochoa
- Lara Matos Ferreira
- Malia Afonso
- Mariana Chaves
- Matilde Cepeda
- Nuno Siqueira
- Rita Laranjeira
- Sara Monteiro
RTP is holding a separate submissions process for songs for the contest. The broadcaster is looking for songs that deal with the themes of diversity, empathy and modernity. Songs can be submitted until September 28. Once RTP has selected the song the winning artist will then record their version of the song.
Portugal returned to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, having not participated in the competition since the 2007 contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They debuted in the competition in 2006, with the country achieving their best result on their debut.
Portugal debuted at the 2006 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Budapest, Romania. The country placed second-last that year and the year later, before withdrawing in 2008. They were not to return until 2017 where they were represented by Mariana Venancio, who placed 14th with her song “YouTuber”.