RTP has revealed that Portugal will be the first country to rehearse on the Junior Eurovision 2021 stage on Tuesday morning.
In the absence of a published rehearsal schedule, RTP has revealed that Portugal will be the first country to rehearse on the stage at Le Seine Musicale. First rehearsals will commence on Tuesday, with two days of rehearsals behind closed doors.
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest first rehearsals are held behind closed doors. This has been the case for a number of years to take the pressure off the young singers taking part in the contest. Second rehearsals will be in front of the press on Thursday and Friday.
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.
Image Source: Hugo Manso / JuniorEurovision.tv | Source: RTP
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”.