Tel Aviv 2019

Belarus: ZENA releases official music video for “Like It”

ZENA becomes the latest 2019 act to release an official music video ahead of the contest

Although Belarus’ ZENA is now deep into her rehearsals ahead of her Eurovision performance next week, she has finally released the official music video for her entry. Previously, her performance from the Belarusian national final was the ‘official’ video for the song.

This week, Belarus’ ZENA has completed her second rehearsal for the Eurovision song contest. You can get an insight into her staging in our reviews for both her first and second rehearsals. But before ZENA takes to the stay for the first semi final on May 14th, she has released the official video for Like It.

The video was filmed back in April, and was directed by Albert Plekhov and Andrei Tsar. The vibe of the video is very much within the ‘modern and youthful’ aesthetic behind staging for Tel Aviv.

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Who is ZENA?

Zinaida Alexandrovna Kupriyanovich, is one of this year’s youngest entrants, aged just 16. Thankfully, she just performs as ‘ZENA’. Despite her age, she has already had a successful career in her own right. She has competed on New Wave Junior 2013, Junior Slavianski Bazaar 2014 and attempted to perform for Belarus at Junior Eurovision twice, placing 4th in 2015 and 3rd in 2016. She later co-presented last year’s Junior Eurovision when the contest was held in Minsk. 

Following Belarus’ audition stage, ZENA progressed to the final and eventually won the national selection with Like It. This year, the winner was decided purely from a jury vote, where she scored 69 out of a possible 70 points. 

Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Belarus made their debut in the contest when the semi-finals were introduced in 2004. Aleksandra and Konstantin were the first act to represent Belarus, failing to qualify for the final with their song “My Galileo”. 

Belarus didn’t make their first final until 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished in 6th place in Helsinki with his entry, “Work Your Magic”. Belarus have qualified on four other occasions – in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017. 

Last year, Alekseev failed to make the final for Belarus with his song “Forever”, finishing in 16th place in the semi-final with 65 points. ZENA will be hoping to improve upon this result when she performs 8th in the first semi-final on May 14.

What you do think of the video? Do you think ZENA will bring Belarus back to the final this year? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! We’ll also be posting plenty of content on our YouTube in the run up to Tel Aviv!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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