Belarusian news portal TUT.by has confirmed via its sources that Eurovision 2019 alum ZENA — real name Zina Kupriyanovich — is among the “around half a hundred” applicants to the state broadcaster’s selection for Eurovision 2021.
ZENA has submitted a song for Eurovision 2021
It has long been rumoured that the “Like It” singer would participate in this year’s Belarusian selection process. In January, the 18-year-old used her Instagram stories to answer a question asking when she would return to Eurovision. Then, ZENA answered “this year”, but fans were left wondering whether the Minsk native was joking or not.
Back in December, Zina also performed a 3-minute-long song on BTRC’s New Year’s programming. Debuting a new look, the singer performed her first single since Eurovision, called “Танцы под луной” (“Dances under the moon”).
Meanwhile, TUT.by’s sources from BTRC could also confirm that Natsionalniy Otbor 2020 runner-ups CHAKRAS entered a song too.
How will Belarus select its Eurovision 2021 entry?
In late December, BTRC announced that it had opened its submission window until 31 January. In early February, the broadcaster shared it had received “around half a hundred” submissions. The broadcaster did not confirm an exact number or reveal the names of applicants.
However, since then, no updates have been made. On social media, several candidates have expressed that they feel left in the dark with regards to the selection after the submission window closed on 31 January. Last year, it only took the broadcaster ten days to announce the finalists of the selection.
Earlier, Belarusian state broadcaster BTRC shared that the method of selecting its entry would be announced no later than 1 March. With only a few weeks left for countries to send in their entries, it seems to get less and less likely that Belarus will actually hold a national selection to the level of previous years.
Belarusian Eurovision expert and PR manager Sergey Adrianov told TUT.by that he finds the situation comparable to what happened during the country’s selection process for Junior Eurovision 2020. Then, the country went internal for the first time in its history after a long silence.
“The names of the applicants have not revealed for the first time since 2011, when they sent Anastasia Vinnikova to Eurovision with the song “I Love Belarus” through a closed selection,” Adrianov said to the news portal.
This year, some artists decided against entering a song in the Belarusian selection. The manager of seven-time finalist NAPOLI revealed that the singer would not bring a song to the national final.
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