Оlena Usenko is 14 years old. She lives in the town of Bila Tserkva near Kyiv and attends Katapulta art music school.
Music has lived in Olena since birth. She started practicing vocals at the age of 10. When Olena was 11, she participated in the TV project “The Voice Kids 5”. She did not get to the live shows but was invited by the band “Vremya I Steklo” to perform at their concert “Vislovo” in the Palace of Sports. It was from that moment that she realized that her dream was to be a singer and be known all over the world.
Оlena Usenko participated in the Black Sea Games Festival in 2018 and 2019.
In 2020, Olena applied to the national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time with her song “Never Get Free”. She reached the final and ended up second. After that she radically changed her image and worked hard the whole year, preparing, writing songs, and attending various competitions.
This year, Оlena Usenko presented her own song “Vazhil” at the national selection for the Junior Eurovision 2021. Olena ranked first in both the jury and online voting, with 52 points from the jury and 11 points from the viewers.
Olena plays the guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboards, and percussions. Apart from music, her hobby is painting. She paints portraits and writes poetry in the evenings. Olena practices ballroom and contemporary dancing, has experience of acting in movies and music videos. She can do Michael Jackson’s moonwalk since the age of 3 and sees him as her idol. Olena is inspired by absolutely everything that she sees or hears, especially autumn that is her favourite time of the year.
About the song “Vazhil”:
The song “Vazhil” was written and composed by Olena Usenko. This song is a call to live to the full, fill your life with beautiful moments, be yourself and be conscious of every moment of your life. Time flies, and life is the most important thing that we have. We must value our life and live it as we believe is right.
About the music video:
The music video for the song “Vazhil” shows a real story from Olena’s life. When she was 7 she went on stage for the first time and could not sing. That incident made her give up on singing for three years. She thought that she would never go on stage again. Then, at the age of 10, she pulled herself together. Metaphorically speaking, she hugged the younger herself, and resolved to move on with her big dream to perform on the Eurovision stage.
The music video for the song “Vazhil” can be watched on the YouTube channel of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDhkA7K7g0.
Olena Usenko’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmI4C_xGhCgghEiycXY1BQ
Olena Usenko’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/ellen_usenko
Olena Usenko’s Tik Tok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM85qupLn
Olena Usenko’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100028050630068
Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Junior Eurovision was first held in 2003. Ukraine has participated in the contest since 2006. Since then Ukraine has been first one (Anastasiya Petryk with the song “Nebo” in 2012) and second twince (in 2008 and 2013).