Statement issued from the EBU regarding Belarus

March 11, 2021

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Belarus may be disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 due to the political content in their submitted entry Ya Nauchu Tebya (I’ll Teach You) performed by Belarusian band Galasy ZMesta.

The EBU has issued a statement regarding Belarus’ entry this year. Many issues were highlighted in the statement, including how “The song puts the non-political nature of the contest in question” as well as how reactions to the song “Risk bringing the reputation of the ESC in disrepute”. 

The EBU has stated that the broadcaster would need to modify the current version of the song or submit a new song that complies with the rules of the contest or face disqualification. You can check out the full statement from the EBU below.

Immediately after its release , the song gained criticism from fans due to the political content in the lyrics regarding the summer 2020 protests in Minsk, Belarus following the election. Belarus have been heavily condemned for selecting the band Galasy ZMesta to represent them at Eurovision 2021, not only due to the political content of the entry but because of the band’s controversial catalogue of songs and posts on their website regarding protesters.

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