It's Sofia Feskova for Russia!26 September 2020 at 11:23 CEST
Over 100 applications were submitted with the hopes to be Russia's Junior Eurovision representative for 2021. Only 39 applicants made it to the semi-finals on 14 September, and just 11 of those made it to the Final on 25 September in Moscow:
- Artyom Morozov - Лети (Fly)
- Arseny Slesarev - Что ты наделала, baby? (What Have You Done, Baby?)
- Artyom Fokin - Возьми мою руку (Take My Hand)
- Gennady Pereverdiev - Настроение Панда (Mood Panda)
- LittleZ: Mikhail Koval and Polina Koroleva - Первая любовь (First Love)
- Sergey Filin and Veronica Litovchenko - В трендах TikTok (In TikTok Trends)
- Sofia Kirsenko - Просто жить (Just Live)
- Sofia Tumanova - Больше света (More Light)
- Sofia Feskova - Мой новый день (My New Day)
- Sofia Shkepu - Alise
- Rutger Garecht - Дорога - моя судьба (The Road Is My Destiny)
The finalists worked alongside voice and choreography coaches as well as professional stylists in the lead up to their performances. There was no audience attending the final due to restrictions imposed in relation with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this didn't prevent the young performers from giving it their all. Many admitted they felt the support of their relatives and fans even without their presence in the concert hall. In the end, Sofia Feskova received the trophy from Denberel Oorzhak and Tatyana Mezhentseva who represented Russia last year.
Sofia Feskova, who is 11 years old and comes from St. Petersburg, said: "I'm very happy! I couldn't even think that this would ever happen and I'd become a finalist. I had worthy and strong competitors. It is an important moment ahead for me to represent Russia."
Sofia will represent her country with her song My New Day. "The meaning of the song is that one should never give up, keep going and fill every day with generosity and happiness," Sofia said about her song.
Sofia Feskova is the 16th Russian participant at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Russia debuted at the Contest in 2005 and took part in every edition since that year. Russia won the Contest twice: first in 2006 with the Tolmachevy Twins, and later with Polina Bogusevich who brought the trophy back to Russia with her song Wings in 2017.