Belarus was meant to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 but due to huge backlash, they received a statement from EBU.
A few minutes ago, the following official announcement was published in Eurovision Song Contest digital media platforms:
Back then, the band Galasy ZMesta was internally chosen by the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC to represent the country at Eurovision 2021.
In the beginning, they submitted the song ”Ya Nauchu Tebya” (I’ll Teach You)
However, the song was too political to enter the contest.
EBU has decided to give the country a special time extension in order to submit another song for Eurovision 2021.
A few days ago, Galasy ZMesta sent another song for Eurovision 2021. The song has been carefully examined by the reference group. However, the new song hasn’t met the EBU regulations as well.
Therefore, Belarus won’t take part in Eurovision 2021
You can read the official EBU statement:
“On Wednesday 10 March we wrote to the broadcaster BTRC, which is responsible for Belarus’ entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, to request that they take all steps necessary to amend their entry to this year’s event to ensure it is compliant with the rules of the competition.
Following this, BTRC submitted a new song, by the same artist, within an agreed timeframe.
The EBU and the Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, carefully scrutinized the new entry to assess its eligibility to compete.
It was concluded that the new submission was also in breach of the rules of the competition that ensure the Contest is not instrumentalized or brought into disrepute.
As BTRC has failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May.”
Considering that withdarw, only 39 countries will take part in Eurovision 2021.
You can find all the relevant information on our Eurovision 2021 homepage: