Belarus: Arina Pehtereva selected for Junior Eurovision 2020 with the song ‘Aliens’
The Belarusian broadcaster, BTRC, has announced that Arina Pehtereva will represent the nation at Junior Eurovision 2020 with the song ‘Aliens’.
This year the Belarusian broadcaster switched to an internal selection from last year’s televised national selection show, selecting both act and entry. Arina Pehtereva was chosen to defend the Belarusian colors in Warsaw performing the song ‘Aliens’.
A few words about Arina
Arina Pehtereva was born on March 14, 2008 in Mahiljou, the third largest city in the country. At the age of six, she began taking singing lessons and took part in several competitions and festivals. In 2017 and 2019 she was a candidate in the Belarusian junior ESC preliminary round. In spring 2019 she also applied to the Russian “The Voice Kids”. In the team of the Ukrainian ESC candidate Svetlana Loboda ( Moscow 2009 ) she reached the battles.
About the song “Aliens”
Pehtereva says “Aliens” was written at the beginning of the corona crisis. The young artist said about her song:
The song was written in spring when the coronavirus spread around the world. The idea of my song is simple: The world has stopped, borders have closed, people can no longer visit each other and even the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is different. But I believe that the future is in our hands, and it is up to us children to save the world and make it better!
Her song premiered on a morning TV show where she sang it in Russian with a small part in English.
The Junior Eurovision story so far
Belarus took part for the first time in the contest in 2003. All of the country’s entries have achieved a top 10 placing except the ones in 2004 and 2018. The national managed to reach victory in 2005 and 2007. In 2018 Daniel Yastremski rerpesented the ex soviet state with his entry Time, which came 11th with 114 points.
Last year national final winner Elizaveta Misnikova represented the nation with her entry ‘Pepelniy’ which came 11th with 92 points.