When Conchita Wurst won Eurovision 2014, it was too much for some politicians in Belarus to bear. They moaned that it would be innapropriate for the country to compete in the next edition of the show, and openly supported calls by Russian politicians for a “heterosexual Eurovision.” Well, it seems that the state broadcaster has turned the other cheek (or at least passed along the impressive viewing figures to the pols) because we can now confirm that Belarus will participate in Eurovision 2015.
Yes, Belarus has confirmed that it will join the party despite two consecutive years finishing in 16th position. As the deputy prime minister recently stated, there are acts that are underrated every year. But Eurovision is an internationally televised competition, and only BTRC, the Belarussian broadcaster, should decide on the country’s participation or withdrawal. They’ve got their heads on straight.
Notice that this statement was made in June 2, one week before Russia confirmed its participation. It seems that once a country that was about to withdraw because of lingering prejudice confirms participation, all others confirm they will also take part!
We already know that Alexander Rybak will help Belarus pick its entry. Will that lead to Belarus’ first win? Time will tell…
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)