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09 October 2020, 14:10

Belarus announces its Junior Eurovision 2020 participant

Arina Pehtereva. An archive photo
Arina Pehtereva. An archive photo

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – Arina Pehtereva from Mogilev will represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. This information was posted in the Telegram channel of the ATN news agency, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian State Television and Radio Company decided to select Belarus' participant for the contest internally. Otherwise it would be impossible to meet the social distancing requirement. After processing all the applications, the company chose Arina Pehtereva's entry Aliens for the contest.

“The song was written back in the spring, when the coronavirus epidemic broke out in the world. The idea behind the song is simple: the world has stopped, the borders have closed, people can no longer communicate, visit each other, even the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year has changed. However, I believe that the future is in our hands, and it is up to us, children, to save this world and make it better!” Arina Pehtereva said.

The singer was born in Mogilev on 14 March 2008. She started taking singing classes at 6 and got enrolled at a music school at 8 majoring in piano. Arina is fond of drawing, painting and photography. She writes poems and tries her hand at writing music. She is a two-time laureate of Belarus President's special fund to support talented youth.

Since 2014 Arina Pehtereva has been taking part and winning at many national and international competitions and festivals. She participates in charity concerts for children and the elderly. She was awarded a silver medal of the World Association of Festivals.

The young singer took part in The Voice Kids show and has repeatedly become a finalist in Belarus' national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As the world continues to adjust to life during the coronavirus pandemic, the EBU announced that Junior Eurovision 2020 will be hosted from Warsaw, but all artists will perform remotely from a studio in their own country.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will take place on 29 November. The event will be broadcast live by the Belarus 1 and Belarus 24 TV channels.

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