After taking a break from the 2020 edition of Junior Eurovision, Portugal is set to return to the contest with the traditional fado sounds of “O Rapaz” performed by Simão Oliveira.  

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Portugal in Junior Eurovision 2021: Simão Oliveira with “O Rapaz”

For the first time since its 2017 return, the lusophone country will send a male singer to Junior Eurovision. It was the first country to confirm its 2021 singer when Simão won the second season of the Portuguese version of The Voice Kids back in April.

The singer hails from Arouca, and has been a huge fan of fado since a very early age. His idols all come from the traditional Portuguese genre of melancholic sounds: Tony de Matos, Amália Rodrigues, and António Zambujo.

What do the “O Rapaz” lyrics mean?

“O Rapaz” (The Boy), was composed by Diogo Clemente and Fernando Daniel. The latter was Simão’s coach on The Voice and a contestant in the 2017 edition of Festival da Canção. This will be the first time the country will send a fado song to Junior Eurovision, placing its bets on a more traditional sound than past attempts.

The song’s theme is pretty close to Simão’s identity. “O Rapaz” speaks of how the young boy fell in love with the popular fado songs of the radio and how much they speak to him and remind him of his grandmother. Despite his age, he embraces his “old soul”, and permits himself to enjoy and sing this genre as much as his heart desires to. The official Junior Eurovision website writes that he “loves the countryside and his animals. He’s not so keen on modern technology”.

“O Rapaz” lyrics — Simão Oliveira (Portugal JESC 2021)

Written and composed by: Fernando Daniel and Diogo Clemente

Portuguese text

English Translation

No rádio p’la manhã fiz-me cantor
Ouvia e repetia sempre só
Brinquei ao som dessas canções de amor
Que guardam uma 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 a 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 dias de hoje
Mas sou de outro tempo
Eu 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 a vida tem
Sou um rapaz, vou crescer e o amor
Vai dizer por mim tudo o que cantei
Tudo o que cantei
Tudo o que cantei

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

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

I’m the boy of love songs,
They made me everything I dreamt of.
I’m the boy who became a singer
On a radio playing what life has.

I heard the anguishes of those who wrote the life
In an old chant giving voice
To the stories that I kept.

I’m a boy, I will grow and love
Will say everything I sang for me.

To whoever asks: I live nowadays
But I’m from another time,
I’m like that.

I’m the boy of love songs,
They made me everything I dreamt of.
I’m the boy who became a singer
On a radio playing what life has.
I’m a boy, I will grow and love
Will say everything I sang for me.
Everything that I sang
Everything that I sang.

 

What do you think of “O Rapaz”? Will Portugal’s fado bid will be successful? Let us know below!

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eurana
eurana
17 days ago

O rapaz? Or O velho ?

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
18 days ago

I love Portugal being loyal to their roots, but this is too much for me, he is just a teen and he is singing like if he was in his 70s…

Whisker
Whisker
18 days ago

This is my favourite so far. There is so much I love about this entry, it’s pure talent. I love it love it love it. Best of luck to Simão on the JESC stage!

Polegend Godgarina
18 days ago

this is all so funny to me. eurofans often joke that portugal has an ancient taste at eurovision but with this they took it to a whole another level lmao the fact that they’re sending a kid who dresses like an old man (including THE pensioner’s hat) is just so hilarious to me.

Last edited 18 days ago by Polegend Godgarina
Maldric
Maldric
15 days ago

ancient taste “…good lord…you´re so lost about it

Moonstar
Moonstar
18 days ago

I predict a last place for “O rapaz”. The song is boring and old fashioned and they could have tried harder with the instrumental. The composer of the melody must really think people will fall for his poor composing!

Esc addict
Esc addict
18 days ago

Soulful, authentic, Portugal always dare to bring something different, something showing their culture and I like that, good luck Portugal !

Sabrina
Sabrina
18 days ago

I can’t say I vibe with this one, but it will surely add character to the lineup. It’s hard for me to imagine it doing well on a kids’ competition, but the nice thing here is that Simão seems to have a natural old soul, it’s not one of those cases when they try to make a child look like a mini-adult.

Roodi
Roodi
18 days ago

He is a good singer but the song is very outdated

Marc
Marc
18 days ago

The best thing is that it goes with his personality. Something that we don’t see that often at Jesc sadly I feel.
I really like the lyrics and Fado is meant for live so this may surprise on the Jesc stage.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
18 days ago

I feel like I’m in the minority for liking this song because I’ve seen it ranked very low in mini video ranking list. I don’t make videos myself, but I do plan to publish my own ranking once Armenia reveals Malena’s song and Kazakhstan releases the revamped duet version.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago

This song is so criminally underrated by the junior Eurovision fandom. Perhaps it’s not to everyone’s taste, but if they’re not liking it because they don’t think it’s suitable for junior Eurovision, well I got some words to say about that. As long as the song is not inappropriate for a 9 to 14 year old singer to sing about, I think almost anything goes. O Rapaz could Be a potential dark horse and while I’m not expecting this song to win, Depending on its running order slot, it could do better than we expect. There is precedent for Portugal… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I think it’s perfect for the junior contest, it can introduce children to something maybe they’ve never heard before. I don’t care if it comes last, that’s not the point.

Una
Una
19 days ago

Very nice, I like the vibe and the soul of it. I hope it will do well!!

Joe
Joe
19 days ago

Portugal are one of my favorites this year. It’s so wonderfully traditional and different from anything else in the contest this year. Hoping they come top ten at least.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Joe

I know children aren’t idiots, but is this something many of them would enjoy?

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

This is just an actual question, I hope they do enjoy it.

Joe
Joe
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I dunno. I imagine being a kid and enjoying this but I’m also someone who enjoyed big band as a kid so I’m kind of an old soul

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Maybe there are some little Joes in Europe.

Polegend Godgarina
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

does it matter ? let’s not act like the vote isn’t mostly taken over by adults at jesc… ofc no child would find this cool but they know the adult juries and the adult fans online voting will reward this.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago

I think it does matter, because the enjoyment and education of children is the only reason for this contest to exist. Results should be the least important thing, and what adults think should be irrelevant.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
19 days ago

The song is very beautiful but I don ‘t like Simão Oliveira ‘s voice