It was over almost before it started in Belarus‘ national final. Junior Eurovision 2018 host Zena convincingly won the jury vote with an almost perfect score, and will represent the country at Eurovision 2019 with “Like It”.
In one of the strangest national final formats, Zena’s victory seemed assured from early on. With a 100% jury vote, each song was publically scored immediately after the performance.
With Zena performing second of the ten songs, she took 69 out of a possible 70. That meant a perfect score was required from one of her nine rivals to topple her. In the end, no song could beat “Like It” – and that meant Zena would be going to Tel Aviv!
Zena – “Like It”
Belarus National Final 2019 – Results
- Michael Soul – “Humanize”, 59 points
- ZENA – “Like It”, 69 points
- Eva Kogan – “Run”, 54 points
- BLGN & Mirex – “Champion”, 65 points
- Sebastian Roos – “Never Getting Close”, 62 points
- Alyona Gorbachova – “Can We Dream”, 59 points
- PROvokatsiya – “Running Away from the Sun”, 55 points
- Aura – “Čaravala”, 55 points
- NAPOLI – “Let It Go”, 58 points
- KeySi – “No Love Lost”, 59 points
Unsurprisingly, the format of the results caused a few tensions amongst the acts, as they saw their hopes dashed before their eyes.
Further eyebrows were raised by some of the generous reasons given for songs. One juror gave PROvokatsiya a score of 9/10, apparently based on combining her birth month and the number of band members on stage. We’re serious, y’all.
Aged just 16, Zena — or Zinaida Kupriyanovich — will most likely be one of the youngest participants at this year’s contest. She’s previously attempted to represent Belarus at Junior Eurovision in 2015 and 2016.
Whilst she didn’t win those contests, Zena finally got to Junior Eurovision in a different way. She was a co-host of Junior Eurovision 2018, alongside Evgeny Perlin and Helena Meraai.
Do you love “Like It”? Or do you think Belarus could miss out on the final once more? Let us know all your thoughts on Zena and her song in the comments section below.