The Mayor of Sintra, the town that Rita Laranjeira has grown up in has wished the singer good luck ahead of Junior Eurovision 2018.
Politician and current Mayor of Sintra, Basílio Horta has given his message of good luck to Rita Laranjeira. Mr Horta posted on Facebook stating;
Sintra is youth and Rita is this hope in a county of opportunities. Good luck Rita, never give up on your dreams and you can be sure that we will all vote.
Who is Rita Laranjeira?
Thirteen-year-old Rita Laranjeira was born on 3rd March 2005 in Sintra, Portugal. The young singer is no stranger to singing on stage, as seen in her YouTube videos, which feature her many stage performances over the past year. Earlier this year she also participated in the final of Kids Music Fest in Portugal.
At the live auditions, which took place earlier this year, Rita performed covers of “Eu sei”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and “I Surrender”. The professional jury panel reviewed Rita and nine other artists’ performances before ultimately crowning the young singer as the winner.
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”.