The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Belarus‘ act Zena and her song “Like It”. And did we? Read on to find out!
Zena – “Like It”
“Like It” reviews
Anthony: Having missed out twice at junior level, Zena finally goes to Eurovision with the grown-ups and I seem to “Like It”. A guilty pleasure bop of a song, Zena’s one-sided win didn’t come as a surprise with an improved performance at the national final. However, as the Belarusian juries had the final say, it will be a massive gamble, as Spain found out in 2017.
Florian: Belarus has always had a special taste when it comes to their own entries. Ups and downs come and go with every year. Unfortunately, this song just doesn’t connect with me. There’s no personal connection nor does it come by with any sort of original touch that brings something new. The only thing that can really uplift the Belarusian entry this year is the live performance. With excellent staging, there might still be hope for them.
Luis: Well, you’re gonna like it but are you gonna love Belarus enough to vote for it, Europe? That’s a bit more complicated. Zena is likeable, youthful and has so much confidence despite her young age. All those are great assets, but it is not certain they will be enough for Belarus to pop and make people vote for Zena. This is a low-key banger, which will need to have a much higher impact than the national final performance to make it to the Eurovision grand final.
Pablo: Good God, girl, take a breather! It feels like Zena doesn’t stop singing for three minutes straight, making “Like It” feel like a barrage of words thrown at the listener. I enjoy the upbeat girl-pop style Belarus is offering, but this feels rushed in more than one way. This one will be extremely fun to perform at karaoke parties, I just know it. Fun and current, but hurried, I’m not sure of Zena’s chances to sell the package and qualify.
Sebastian: Swedish pop-by-the-numbers and delivered by a teen-something early pop star, “Like It” is exactly that – likeable, safe and friendly. While a hook is there, it doesn’t provide anything revolutionary – more like a B-side track that you’d see by the likes of Zara Larsson or Ava Max. Zena, however, knows how to work a stage and look expensive at the same time. While this won’t win Eurovision, we might be seeing this fast-food pop number do well in light of other non-pop entries which dominate the landscape this year.
Tobias: “Like It” is probably one of the more memorable choruses in the this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and that is because Zena sings “Like It” no less than 35 times! Thirty-five times to make me like it, but sorry to say I am not going to like it. Even though the chorus is catchy the song itself feels very cheesy and it falls out flat and I suddenly forget about the song after it has been played.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.59/10
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