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Belarus: Zena – Like it

Over in Belarus, Zena topped the leaderboard in the 100% jury-decided national final and will represent the nation in Tel Aviv with Like It. The performance of Like It wasn't helped by a breathless Zena sounding off key after 2-minutes. The first challenge for Belarus should be to get Zena booked onto a daily Spin class to build up her fitness while also finding some backing singers to carry her during the tricker moments of the song. This won't be a jury favourite, so Zena and Belarus need to work at convincing the televote; that won't be easy with Cyprus in the…
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This isn't a jury song, so Zena so Belarus need to work on convincing the televote.

User Rating: 2.05 ( 14 votes)

Over in Belarus, Zena topped the leaderboard in the 100% jury-decided national final and will represent the nation in Tel Aviv with Like It.

The performance of Like It wasn’t helped by a breathless Zena sounding off key after 2-minutes. The first challenge for Belarus should be to get Zena booked onto a daily Spin class to build up her fitness while also finding some backing singers to carry her during the tricker moments of the song.

This won’t be a jury favourite, so Zena and Belarus need to work at convincing the televote; that won’t be easy with Cyprus in the same half. There are lots of easy wins to work on here in what is an open first semi-final and Belarus does have allies.

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4 comments

  1. Vocal strength – Zena 2 stars. Serhat 3.5 stars. Really, Gav?

    As we know Belarus TV never has the highest sound and vision quality, so this may well come across stronger in Tel Aviv

    For me Like It is a competent if somewhat run of the mill Eurovision Banger. Its biggest problem is that it is in the first half of Semi 1 along with Cyprus.

    I suspect that come the voting it may well have been forgotten, particularly if the producers use it to start the show.

  2. Sounds like something that would come 15th in 2006 or 10th in Melodifestivalen. If Belarus wasn’t so lonely here they’d have a shot at qualifying, although they still could. Might open the show, if Tamta stays high in the odds and to save the name recognition of Darude. Borderline.

  3. You can tell that there was a 16 year old involved with the composition, it just feels very Junior Eurovision to me and it just scream Jury repellent when I watch it live. Worth mentioning her father was in charge of production so when you add in ge 100% Jury it just screams fix. I struggle in the first half to see a scenario where this beats 10 songs in either the jury or televote and tbh I can easily see Björkman sticking this in the death slot.

    NQ

    • It’s interesting to compare Ukraine and Belarus here. Two countries in Eastern-Europe. And ‘we’ Westies usually tend to generalize Eastern-Europe. But to me it seems obvious that Ukraine is the ‘Sweden’ of Eastern-Europe. They mostly send refreshing, original, well-produced class acts to Eurovision. Just think about their entries from 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Despite all controversy, ‘1944’ is one of the best winners from the past years. Then there’s Belarus. I think their only reasonable attempt was 2007. But after that? What a dire bunch on non-music they send to Eurovision. It’s mostly old-fashioned, the productions are lacklustre, and the songs usually are devoid of any purity or emotions. Perhaps we can call Belarus the ‘Spain’ or ‘Ireland’ of Eastern-Europe.

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