Belarus will no longer take part in Eurovision 2021.
The EBU have this evening released a statement reporting their decision regarding the Eastern European nation’s participation in this year’s contest, following the removal of the previously selected entry, Galasy ZMesta’s “Ya nauchu tebya”. The full statement can be read below;
“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 artists, 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 have failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May.”
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 26, 2021
Belarus have previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest on sixteen occasions, reaching the final six times. Their best result to date is 6th place in 2007, achieved by Koldun’s “Work Your Magic”.
We hope to be able to welcome back the country’s Eurovision fans and a strong representative entry of the Belarusian people in Eurovision 2022.
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