The Belarusian national final took place this  year saw a total of 10 acts compete for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv. The winner was determined by the jury show’s  votes. Each member awarded 0 to 10 points every contestant. ZENA  got 10 points from almost all the  jurors reaching a total of 69 points that crowned her winner of the Belarusian national final with her song Like It

A few words about  ZENA

ZENA (Zinaida Kupriyanovich is her full name) i is just 17 years old, born on September 17 2002 in Minsk. Zena made her first steps in music very young, winning several prizes, among which was the 1st prize in Slavianski Bazaar, a competition for underaged acts, at Vitebsk  in 2014 that gave her a scholarship from the Presidential special fund for talented young people.  She began her music carrer as a candidate in the country’s national finals for Junior Eurovision 2015 and 2016, while in 2017 she participated in Novaya Fabrika zvyozd (The Russian edition of Star Academy). In 2016 she played the voice of   Moana in the russian version of Disney’s movie.   Last November she was one of the 3 hosts of Junior Eurovision  which took place Minsk, Belarus alongside with Eugene Perlin and Helena Meraai.

The entry “Like It”

Her entry Like it is entirely in English while composers of the song are  Yulia Kireeva and Viktor Drobysh who was the composer of the Russian Eurovision 2012 entry Party for Everybody performed by  Buranovskiye Babushki .

Here are the lyrics of the song: 

I guess I forgotten to turn my phone
Off I’m outside my comfort zone
I’m tired of being lonely, tam-tara-ram
Nobody gonna like this, no
Okay, I don’t like these empty words
I’ll go even if it really hurts
It’s making me stronger, tam-tara-ram
I know it’s gonna be

Oh, what should I do?
It’s up to you, karma
Oh, I wish I knew
Give me a sign, karma
Just to remind you
I don’t give up (Give up)
I won’t give up, no
I’ll always try

Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Let me in your heart)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Let’s break the rules)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (I’ll share what I’ve got)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Baby, repeat my moves)

It feels crazy and a little wild
I know what is wrong and what is right
It’s making me wiser, tam-tara-ram
The universe is ours now
Okay, put your favourite sneakers on
And show your emotions on the floor
Add hashtag to find ya, tam-tara-ram
I know it’s gonna be

Oh, what should I do?
It’s up to you, karma
Oh, I wish I knew
Give me a sign, karma
Just to remind you
I don’t give up
I won’t give up, no
I’ll always try

Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Let me in your heart)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Let’s break the rules)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (I’ll share what I’ve got)
Yes, you gonna like it
Yes, you gonna like it (Baby, repeat my moves)

Zena will be performing her entry in the first half of the 1st semi final on 14 May. Below you can take a look at the winning national final performance:

 The Eurovision story so far

Belarus has been participating in Eurovision since 2004 while its best placing was in 2007 with  Dmitry Koldun  and Work Your Magic which finished 6th in the final. In 2018 Alekseev represented the country with his song  Forever but unfortunantely didn’t make it to the final as he finished 16th in the 1st semi final.