ESCountdown 2019: #29 – “Like It” by ZINA, Belarus

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #29 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Belarus, “Like It” by ZINA, written by Yulia Kireeva, Viktor Drobysh, and Zinaida Kupriyanovich (the full name of the artist). The song is performed in English, and will be performed 8th on the first semi-final on May 14.

At just 16, ZINA is the youngest of this year’s Eurovision competitors, but she’s no novice to show business; she’s twice competed for the chance to represent her nation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but missed out on the win both times. She’s also a veteran of Russia’s Star Academy franchise series Fabrika Zvyozd, where she finished third during the tenth season, and an accomplished voice actress, providing the Russian voiceover for the title character in Disney’s Moana and also the character’s appearance in Ralph Breaks The Internet as well.

This is a good little dance ditty, coupled with a bit of acoustic guitar, almost in a flamenco-style, which adds a little off-kilter flair to an otherwise typical Eurovision-style dance entry. Zina is a very likeable performer, and her look in the Belarusian competition reminds me of early Britney Spears. All in all, it’s not a bad little song, and if the fan community gets behind it, it could do far better than most think.

Belarus debuted in the EuroVision contest in 2004, making it one of the more recent participants; they have participated fifteen times thus far. Their best finish to date was sixth place, with “Work Your Magic” by Dimitry Koldun in 2007. They have qualified for the final only four times since the semi-final round was introduced in 2004, including last year, when their top notch entry, “Forever” by Alekseev, was scuttled first by an outlandishly creepy, serial-killer-weird music video and then by a poor live performance at the semi-finals.

Here’s the official music video…enjoy!

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