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EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Zena

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Belarus: Zena

by Christopher Smith

Since entering Eurovision for the first time in 2004, Belarus has only qualified six times, and it remains that it’s best performance is still the first time of qualification in 2007 with “Work Your Magic” which finished sixth. The yea the country fielded 16 year old singer and actress Zinaida Kupriyanovich better known as Zena with the song “Like It”. Zena had previously represented the country in Junior Eurovision twice, first in 2016 with the song “Mir” and again the following year with “Kosmos”, as well as co-hosted Junior Eurovision the following year!

So all eyes were on this Eurovision ‘veteran’ as she won her country’s backing to perform at Eurovision proper in 2019. “Like It” or not was the voting question and the response came back. 31 points in total with a fairly even split of 18 from the Jury and 13 from the tele vote to finish in twenty fourth place, the joint worst finish for Belarus along with 3+2 feat Robert Wells with “Butterflies” in 2010. “Like It” was written by Yulia Kireeva and co-produced with Zena herself.

The song has Topped the Belarus airplay chart and reached No.6 on the singles chart, so there has been some joy for the Belarus team this year. Zena has already released a new single “World” as she embarks on a new found stardom and demand as a singer with, no doubt, many others to follow. At such a tender age, Zena has everything before her with the world, her oyster. Good luck Zena!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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