Belarus: Lukashenko makes first public comments since EBU disqualified “Ya nauchu tebya”

March 14, 2021

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There has been reaction from Belarus since the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) disqualified the song, Ya nauchu tebya, in its current format from Eurovision 2021. On the 11th March 2021, the EBU disqualified the song given its political lyrics and the reputational risk to Eurovision. The Belarussian broadcaster has to either change the current lyrics or submit a new song.

Reaction from Belarus?

Disputed Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko has commented on the matter to Belarussian media outlet Belta and confirmed the country will make a new song following demands. He commented:

“They are starting to press us on all fronts. Even at Eurovision, I see. What are these guys there? Well, they just added authority to them. As they say, good PR. Well, if anything, we’ll make another song. No question.”

Belta also reported comments from Belarussian broadcaster BTRC, where all questions surrounding the issue will be answered in due course. The broadcaster commented:

“At present Belteleradiocompany is in continuous dialogue with the permanent services of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the owner of the Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as the final decision on the format of participation is made, Belteleradiocompany will be ready to answer all questions related to the organization of this project.”

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