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Learn about Arina!

26 November 2020 at 15:30 CET
Arina Pehtereva from Belarus has recorded her performance for Junior Eurovision 2020 BTRC
We reached out to Arina ahead of her performance of 'Aliens' for Belarus this Sunday 29 November. The cheerful and spirited singer was so happy to answer our questions and was really excited at the opportunity for everyone to get to know her even better! Let's find out what she had to say!

The Belarusian artist recently sat down with us for a digital meeting and shared everything with us from her performance rituals to her secret hobbies! Keep reading to get closer to this Junior Eurovision 2020 performer!

What has it been like for you being in the spotlight?

I am very pleased with this attention. I like to give interviews and to participate in the filming. This is how more and more people can learn about my work.

On your Instagram we see that you have won a lot of medals and awards! Tell us about those!

I practice vocals at the age of 6. From the same age I started to participate in various vocal competitions in Belarus and other countries for 6 years! My awards are the memories of each victory!

What is your favourite Belarusian word?

My favourite word in Belarusian is 'каханне'/ 'kachannie' which means 'love' in English.

What is your favourite thing to do in Belarus?

I really like to just relax. We have very kind people here in Belarus too! We have beautiful nature here as well as many rivers and lakes so we also get a lot of tourists who come to visit and enjoy some relaxation here too!

What are your top 3 songs to listen to right now?

Lovely by Billie Eilish, 7 Rings by Ariana Grande and Flashlight by Jessie J.

If you could spend 24 hours with Billie Eilish, what would you do?

I would hug her for 2 hours and for the next 22 hours we would just write songs because she is a very talented person!

Arina Pehtereva from Belarus - Junior Eurovision 2020 BTRC

You mentioned that you might like to try composing music. Can you tell us more about this?

I would like to write something jazzy. I think I could do it!

You like poetry. What is your favourite?

I like the poems made by my grandfather!

You started to sing when you were very, very young. Did anyone in your family inspire you to sing?

I am the only one in my family who sings!

What makes you proud to represent Belarus at JESC?

I am proud to represent Belarus because this is my home. I love making my music here and I want to promote Belarus with my name!

Do you have any performance rituals you do before you go on stage?

Yes! Before going on stage I always tell myself: "you can handle it!".

Do you have a different personality onstage versus your personality offstage?

I'm a good actress and I can convey my emotions on stage but I am still myself.

What message do you want people to take from your song?

I think people will understand that everyone needs to come together and help our planet; that we need to do everything possible to preserve it in the best way for our children.

What's happening here?

Arina spills the details behind one of her Instagram photos!

"Arina was this girl who wished she had many friends. She longed of having another closer friend and one fine sunny day, she took a kite with her and went in search for this friend. She walked for a long time in the forest and field until she eventually met a puppy who was lost! In the end, this puppy became her best friend!"

Arina fills in the gaps!

We played a game where Arina had to 'fill the gaps' in our sentences. Let's find out what she had to say!

My personality in 3 words is: kind, friendly and strong.

The 3 words that best describe my song: stronger, hope and belief.

You might not know that I'm also really good at: drawing and doing make up!

But I wish I was also good at: writing music!

If I could be a previous Junior Eurovision representative I would be: I think I would like to be Viki Gabor.

This year has been difficult but 2020 has taught me that: we need to protect our planet and value our health.

When I first found out that I wouldn't be traveling to Poland I felt: very sad because it's impossible to meet the other participants face to face.

Junior Eurovision is so important to me because: Music is the work of all my life. I have had the goal to participate in this Contest for so many years!

I am most looking forward to: do some jazz music!

The advice I would give to anyone wanting to participate in JESC: is do what you want and have a great time!

We're certain that Arina will make even more friends during and after her performance of Aliens. Make sure you give her some love when you tune in on Sunday 29 November!