Back in August, Nicolas Alves was chosen to represent Portugal at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He will perform the song “Anos 70” (The 70’s) in Yerevan, Armenia next month.
Nicolas Alves is 13 years old and was born in the United Kingdom before moving to Portugal at the age of 10. He was runner up in the latest season The Voice Kids Portugal. Season winner Maria Gil was unable to go to Junior Eurovision due to turning fifteen in December and so being ineligible for the contest.
“Anos 70” was written by Carolina Deslandes, who placed second in Festival da Canção 2021.
Junior Eurovision 2022
The 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on December 11th in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. This is the second time that Yerevan is hosting the contest, after previously having this honour in 2011. A total of 16 countries will ‘Spin The Magic’ later this year. Take a look at the participating countries below.
- Albania – Kejtlin Gjata
- Armenia (Host) – Nare
- France – Lissandro
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- Ireland – Sophie Lennon
- Italy – Chanel Dilecta
- Kazakhstan – David Charlin
- Malta – Gaia Gambuzza
- Netherlands – Luna
- North Macedonia – Lara feat. Jovan & Irina
- Poland – Laura Bączkiewicz
- Portugal – Nicolas Alves
- Serbia – Katarina Savić
- Spain – Carlos Higes
- Ukraine – Zlata Dyzunka
- United Kingdom – Freya Skye
Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal first appeared in Junior Eurovision in 2006, when Pedro Madeira represented the country with the song “Deixa-me sentir,” which placed 14th in the final out of 15 with 22 points. After withdrawing from the contest in 2008, Portugal returned in 2017 with the song “Youtuber” by Mariana Venâncio, finishing 14th out of 16 with 54 points.
Their best placing to date is their most recent as well. In 2021, Portugal sent Simão Oliveira with the song “O Rapaz.” Though the song would finish in 18th place with the national juries, a third place result with the public vote would rocket Portugal to 11th place overall out of 19 with 101 points, their best results in both placing and score.
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