The ninth artist to feature in our Who Is series for the Junior Eurovision 2020 season is Arina Pehtereva from Belarus.
Twelve-year-old Arina Pehtereva was born in Mogilev, Belarus. She began her singing lessons at six years old, and has since participated in numerous national and international competitions, including The Voice Kids. The singer is no stranger to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having participated in the Belarusian national final on multiple occasions.
Arina was internally selected by BTRC to represent her country at this year’s contest with her song “Aliens”. Speaking about her song, she said:
“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!”
Belarus debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, and have been present at every contest since. To date, Belarus have won the contest twice – first in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik and her song “My Vmeste”, which received 149 points, and the second time in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich and his song “S Druz’yami”, which received a total of 137 points. Their worst entry came from Egor Volchek and his song “Spjavajtse So Mnoj” in 2004, which received only 9 points. Belarus have placed in the top 3 a total of 5 times to date.