Rita Laranjeira has been revealed this afternoon as the Portuguese representative in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
Rita Laranjeira will represented Portugal at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. Rita Laranjeira was revealed as the Portuguese participant this afternoon on the RTP 1 program Agora Nós. Carla Bugalho revealed on the show that the 13 year old singer had been selected by a jury to represent Portugal in Belarus.
The young singer will enter the recording studio in the next few days to work on the song that she will be performing in Portugal. Ms Bugalho revealed that unlike in 2017 there will be an official music video filmed for the Portuguese entry. The ten artists who were in the running to represent Portugal were:
- 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 submission closed today.
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.
Source: Cronicas Eurofestivais
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”.