Simão Oliveira will sing “O Rapaz” at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, France.
Portugal’s representative Simão Oliveira has revealed that he will sing “O Rapaz”, which translates as “The Boy”. His song was composed by Fernando Daniel and Diogo Clemente and is set to be revealed soon.
Portugal returns to the contest after a year of absence. The broadcaster did not compete in the 2020 contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is Simão Oliveira?
Fourteen-year-old Simão Oliveira is from Arouca, a village near Porto, Portugal. He began singing at four years old and currently practices the clarinet in his hometown’s youth band. Simão won the latest season of The Voice Kids Portugal under the mentorship of Fernando Daniel, who has gone on to write his competing Junior Eurovision song.
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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”.