Joana Almeida will represent Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Gliwice.
RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, has confirmed that 10-year old Joana Almeida will represent Portugal in Gliwice with the song “Vem comigo” (Come With Me). Joana was selected by RTP after winning the Gala dos Pequenos Cantores da Figueira da Foz on July 14 this year. This was the first year in which neither the Portguese entrant or song was selected via a public submission.
Joana’s song was written and composed by João Pedro Coimbra, who was invited by RTP to compose this year’s Portguese entry. João also composed “Don’t Walk Away” by Pedro Gonçalves, which finished sixth in Festival da Canção 2017, the Portguese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Joana’s entry for Gliwice, “Vem comigo”, speaks about the environment and the awareness that children and teenagers have about the danger that Earth is in. The song is a message of hope that the youth can make a difference and be the generation that will make a positive impact on the health of our planet. “Vem conmigo” will be released at a future date.
Portugal was represented by Rita Laranjeira last year with the song “Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada)”. Portugal finished 18th with a total of 42 points. Portugal received no points from the juries, and placed 13th in the online vote with 42 points.
Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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”.