Paris 2021🇵🇹 Portugal

Paris Day 1 Review: Portugal’s Simão Oliveira gets us underway at La Seine Musicale

It is time to head to La Seine Musicale in Paris for day 1 of rehearsals ahead of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Portugal, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Georgia, Spain and Poland.

Read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

Also, don’t forget to support your favourite Junior Eurovision entries in our XTRA VOTE competition by voting here NOW!

Rehearsal review

Rehearsing today for Portugal inside La Seine Musicale is Simão Oliveira, performing “O Rapaz”. As the first rehearsals are closed to the press, this review is based upon content made public by the EBU and France Télévisions.

Simão is centre-stage, alone for his performance with just his microphone in hand. He wears a very traditional outfit, with a brown blazer, white shirt and black trousers topped off with a black bow tie and matching brown cap. The focus here is all on delivering his fado, a traditional Portuguese style of music.

Portugal’s staging here is very minimalistic with a heavy focus on lighting to create an intimate atmosphere. The LED backdrop contains a starry sky with the occasional shooting star providing an added focal point. We see images of an older Portugal throughout the performance appear on the backdrop which emphasises how fado is such a important product of Portuguese culture.

Simão, fresh from his win in The Voice Kids Portugal earlier this year, oozes confidence and “O Rapaz” will certainly stand out amongst the field in Junior Eurovision 2021. Performing last as announced in yesterday’s running order will undoubtedly be to Portugal’s benefit too.

Rehearsal video clip

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals from La Seine Musicale. If you want to know what to expect for the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule.

A fan of the adult contest too? Remember that you can also play ESCXTRA’s Eurovision Prediction 2022 on our brand new platform now at prediction.escxtra.com!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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