JUNIOR EUROVISION 2021: Shining the spotlight on Simão Oliveira from Portugal and his song “O Rapaz” (The Boy)!

December 10, 2021

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Simão Oliveira will represent Portugal this year with the song “O Rapaz", translated to “The Boy". Here is all the information you need on Simão and his song!

Who is Simão Oliveira?

Simão Oliveira comes from Arouca, a town near Porto. He is a talented clarinetist and plays in his hometown’s youth band. He is the first member of his family to pursue a career in music. At the age of four, he began to sing and fell in love with Fado – the Portuguese traditional music style.  

He is the winner of this year edition of The Voice Kids, at the age of 14. 

Simão loves the countryside and his animals. He’s not so keen on modern technology. 

How did he get selected

The Portuguese Broadcaster, RTP, decided that this years winner of The Voice Kids Portugal, would be the representative from Portugal 

Tell us about the song!

“O Rapaz” (the boy) is a love ballad, where Simão says he is a boy of love songs, and that he became a singer in the morning, and played those sounds on the radio to keep the memory of grandmother alive.  

Fernando Daniel and Diogo Clemente have written and produced the music. Fernando Daniel was also his mentor at The Voice and a former contestant of Festival da Canção. 

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Sing along to 'O Rapaz': Lyrics

Portuguese

No rádio, p’la manhã, fiz-me cantor, Ouvia e repetia, sempre só. Brinquei ao som dessas canções de amor Que guardam a memória à minha avó.

Eu sei que é muito cedo, eu sou um petiz, Não tenho idade até p’rás entender Mas oiço um coração no que se diz, Na alma portuguesa de o dizer.

Sou o rapaz das canções de amor, Fizeram de mim Tudo o que sonhei. Sou o rapaz que se fez cantor Num rádio a tocar O que vida tem.

Ouvi as dores de quem escreveu a vida, Num canto antigo a dar a voz Às histórias que guardei.

Sou um rapaz, vou crescer e o amor Vai dizer por mim Tudo o que cantei.

A quem perguntar, Vivo os dias de hoje Mas sou de outro tempo, Sou assim.

Sou o rapaz das canções de amor, Fizeram de mim Tudo o que sonhei. Sou o rapaz que se fez cantor Num rádio a tocar O que vida tem.

Sou um rapaz, vou crescer e o amor Vai dizer por mim Tudo o que cantei.

English translation

On the radio, in the morning, I became a singer, I listened and repeated, always alone. I played to the sound of these love songs That keep my grandmother’s memory.

I know it’s too soon, I’m just a kid, I’m not even old enough to understand them But I hear a heart in what is said, In the Portuguese soul of saying it.

I’m the boy of the love songs, They made of me Everything I dreamed of. I’m the boy who became a singer On a radio playing All that life has.

I heard the pains of those who wrote their life, In an old chant giving their voice To the stories I kept for myself.

I’m a boy, I will grow up and love will say for me Everything I sang. To those who ask I live in the present But I’m from another time, It’s just who I am.

I’m the boy of the love songs, They made of me Everything I dreamed of. I’m the boy who became a singer On a radio playing All that life has.

I’m a boy, I will grow up and love will say for me Everything I sang.

Portugal at Junior Eurovision

Portugal has five participations in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the periods of 2006-2007 and 2017-2019, with the best result being the 14th place of Pedro Madeira and Mariana Venâncio in 2006 and 2017, respectively. The last participation was in 2019 and Portugal was represented by Joana Almeida and “Ven Conmigo” (Come with Me), finishing in 16th place with 43 points, all from online voting.

Last year, RTP decided not to participate due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This year the Junior Eurovision Song contest will take place on December 19, 2021 in Paris at the The Seine Musicale. 

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