The title of the Portuguese entry for the Junior Eurovision 2018 was recently released. Rita Laranjeira will sing “Gosto de tudo (Já não gosto de nada)”, translating to English as “I like everything (I do not like anything anymore)”. The song is expected to be revealed in the next days. Will Portugal surprise in Minsk and put an end to a not sucessful history in the competition?
How was Rita Laranjeira chosen?
Despite the poor result of the previous year, RTP decided to use “Juniores de Portugal” for the second year in a row. The format was open to submissions from children with Portuguese nationality and with an age between 9 and 14 years old. Among the 70 received applications, a jury composed by music and media personalities selected the 10 finalists.
The 10 finalists did a presential casting, and the winner was invited to represent Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a song selected by RTP. Rita Laranjeira has performed three songs in the casting: “Eu sei”, “Somewhere over the rainbow and “I surrender”. Despite knowing the winner, we are still waiting for the song to be released.
To find the song to take to the competition, RTP invited a composer to present one or more songs with themes addressed to children, meeting a criteria of diversity, empathy and modernity.
Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal does not have a successful journey in the contest. The first Portuguese appearance goes back to 2006 when Pedro Madeira represented the country with the song “Deixa-me sentir”. In 2007 Portugal decided to participate once again, but the outcome didn’t change, placing second to last once again. Between 2008 and 2016 Portugal decided to stay out of the competition, and only in 2017 has returned. Last year, Mariana Venancio has represented the country with “Youtuber”, beating only Cyprus and Ireland in the voting table.