Student of 9-C from the International School “Meridian” Olexander Balabanov, who will represent Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020, was on the live broadcast on “Ukrainian Radio”, on October 1.
The song “Vidkrivay” (Open), which he will perform at the competition, was written by Alexander together with the sound producer, founder of the Adam group, Mikhail Klimenko. Song lyrics are written in English and Ukrainian languages.
– My song is about opening yourself to the world. Get up and do something for yourself and for others. Then everything will be better. This is my personal position, but the school also contributes to this so much, – says Alexander.
– Music is the most important thing for me, but I don’t forget about my studies. Although I skip a lot of school process, I try to catch up. My classmates support me. When I won, the whole class sang my song.
Balabanov participated in the national selection already three times. He was twice a finalist, but he won on the third attempt.
“Hardworking, talented and persistent children study at our international school,” says Christina Dubina, a representative of the Meridian school administration.
– This year, another student of our school, besides Alexander, also took part in the national competition for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. And she took 4th place.
School “Meridian” has experience of participating not only in international music contests, but also in educational ones. She also underlined, that students from their school also took awards.
Alexander: I took part in many contests and festivals before Eurovision. One of them was the International Language and Culture Festival (IFLC). It takes place annually. I have traveled to Brazil, Australia, America and Canada. Children from different countries can communicate and sing together on the same stage. The main goal is to bring the cultures of the world together, says Alexander.
Alexander is fluent in English and studies Turkish.
Christina Dubina: “Meridian” School is proud of Alexander. We were very happy when we learned that he had won the right to represent Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The school is big fan-club for Alexander. We wish him victory.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year will take place online in Warsaw, November 29.