Last month Belarus broadcaster BTRC confirmed that electropop duo VAL would not receive the return ticket to Rotterdam. Now the broadcaster has opened submissions for its 2021 Eurovision entry. But this year Belarus won’t be holding its iconic live auditions — and the broadcaster hasn’t confirmed how the winning act will be selected.

In a news broadcast on Belarus-1, BTRC announced that singers and bands of up to six people have an opportunity to submit their songs to the broadcaster’s website until 31 January.

However, the hopefuls cannot just submit a polished studio recording. Rather, the Belarusian broadcaster is asking them to submit live performances of their songs in order to gauge the talent on offer.

With that, BTRC is axing its legendary live auditions. From 2015 to 2020, Belarus’ Eurovision hopefuls had to perform their songs live at a BTRC studio, which was also live-streamed to the outside world.

As the broadcaster let all applicants audition, over the years fans have witnessed a good variety of musical acts from Belarus. Ranging from local village choirs to garage rock bands to one man once bringing in his real-life goose, the Belarusian live auditions brought endless joy to Eurovision fans throughout its era of existence.

How will Belarus select its act for Eurovision 2021?

After the submission window is closed, a small panel made up of experts will decide on the fate of the potential entries. Due to the current pandemic, the broadcaster reports that the format of the selection is still up in the air. This might mean that there could be no national final at all.

For their Junior Eurovision selection, Belarus went internal for the first time in that contest’s history. But for selecting their Eurovision entry, Belarus has only gone internal twice before, in 2010 and 2011.

Additionally, the Belarusian edition of the Sputnik news agency reports that both Belarusian and non-Belarusian citizens are allowed to submit entries. All entrants can only send in one song.

What do you think? How should Belarus select their act for Rotterdam? Who would you like to see entering the national final? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Well, I dunno his loyalties (didn’t ask, don’t plan to), but check out who I got to judge for Belarus!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7kN-sUIphY
(Specifically Soroka)

btw
btw
2 months ago

I feel so sorry for Val.
Belarussian broadcaster is awful.

Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  btw

i know, right. i am really mad. I will send a mail to EBU and ask if they can DSQ Belarus. I think all here should send one. This time it have gone to far. Its not about the music anymore in Belarus. Its who LOVE the dictator the most. If you dont love him, your sent to prison or exiled.

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

Making an internal selection pick while the dictator has single digit support. What a coincidence.

Linus
Linus
2 months ago

Artists who send in songs when the dictator is in charge will be HATED. Free Belarus

Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

ps if someone want to know: i was blocked from a PRO- Lukasjenko artists instagram,, Alonya Lanskaya. I asked her why she did release ai PRO Lukasjenko song. She did not approve

Neil
Neil
2 months ago

Still salty about not letting VAL participate…
but good luck ( i guess ) to Belarus,
even though i dont support their government.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Non-Belorussians are invited because…? Belorussian artists wouldn’t want to represent because…? Live performance as submission criterion? That sounds so expensive.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

it is going to be another kitsch disaster – guilty pleasure.

Let’s see how it turns out politically in May.

Una
Una
2 months ago

I am torn between being excited for Belarus or DQing them from my Eurovision experience. Difficult to find the middle ground here. I already have two solid DQs and two half DQs.

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

How do you have DQs when there is only one song out?

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

My Eurovision experience, which I referred to in my previous comment, goes way beyond the songs. That’s all I want to share for now.

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

……um, ok I guess.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

If you’ve got insider details on San Marino SPILL

Marre
Marre
2 months ago

It’s a shame EBU invites a regime that is torturing their people and put all political opposition in prison to use Eurovision as a platform. EBU has no values just empty talk.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Marre

i was going to upvote your comment, but i guess we should wait for the actual entry first. if it’s not some ‘i love belarus’ propaganda stuff again, it could well end up being a song that actually represents belarus and not just its dictator.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Marre

The EBU didn’t do nothing about all the scandals of that other dictatorship called Azerbaijan so this is just more typical behaviour from the EBU.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
2 months ago

Belarus has such colorful method and i like it 🙂

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

The relative success of Aliens at JESC suggests that BTRC might be onto a qualification strategy if they go internal (no chance they’re winning in 2021 short of submitting Euphoria 2.0)

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
2 months ago

This is such a outdated cringefest lmao. I’m expecting mad lyrical cliches

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

They should’ve internally sellected VAL 🙁

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Sadly, that possibility just ceased to exist once VAL openly supported the protests against Lukashenko. Current BTRC is just a propaganda outlet of his regime.

Hello
Hello
2 months ago

Simple as HELENA MERAII.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

NAPOLI blew all her NF attempts out of the water with her Turkvision song. She brings that kind of energy here, she could finally get that ticket. But f*ck Lukaschenko and kudos to the Belarusian acts/commentators past and present who’ve spoken out against him. It’s a real shame that any act picked to represent them is only going cuz a propagandistic TV channel is footing the bill.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

love her !!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I agree, Napoli is really good here. As someone who criticized her BLR NF songs, I have to say that this is on another level. She’s certainly a viable candidate. Another one is Angelika Pushnova, who tried so many times, only to have her weakest song to date selected for the finals last year. But she can deliver a great performance. So can Napoli, but if the song is in English, I’d go with Angelika (Olga needs to work on her accent). In any case, the two really tried hard many times, so who knows – maybe it’s their lucky… Read more »

Red X
Red X
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I hope NAPOLI could send that song without revamping it into English.

Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Napoli supports the regime just so you know

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Ffs

Michael
Michael
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Where’d you see that? I looked at her Facebook and didn’t see any pro-regime stuff.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Not sure about that, while she has been quite silent since the beginning of the protests, back on August she did post on Instagram about stopping the repression and the violence carried out by security forces. Although that statement was really ambigious, so in the end, it wouldn’t surprise me either.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

I won’t lie – I love iconic Belorussian auditions, for the right and for the wrong reasons. Songs like Kinky Boots and Potato aka Bulba are gold! 😉

I hope they will still have a national final.

If they go internally, I call it now – It will be an attempt of A Million Voices / What If, but musically not nearly as good and sung in broken English. Please, prove me wrong. 😉

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

they should get one of those sammarinese robots from 2018, so brainwashing service won’t be required

123
123
2 months ago

Will contestants have to answer the very uncomfortable question about supporting Lukashenko before getting accepted?

First row at ESC and JESC
First row at ESC and JESC
2 months ago
Reply to  123

In that case the contestants could ask Jamala. She is the expert for such kind of questions.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago

It’s obvious they’re going for internal selection and from their point of view, it’s probably for the best. The dictatorship’s broadcaster just can’t hide the fact that a fair selection process is never going to happen. Live-streaming and live-auditions adds the possibility of scrutiny and criticism from Belarusians and Eurofans abroad, something a dictatorial regime with absolutely no popular support or legitimacy just can’t afford to have.

At this point, it will probably someone who has kept silence since the protests began or just simply a full blown pro-Lukashenko stooge. Placing my bets on Alyona Lanskaya.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Lukashenko didnt like her haha, thats why she was rejected in 2012 after she … + Belarussian broadcaster didnt like her as well …I think it might be – I love Belarus singer from 2011

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Won*

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Lanskaya has become a pro-Lukashenko cheerleader ever since the 2012 rigging fiasco. Just check out her social media, you can see her giving concerts at pro-Lukashenko rallies across the country, appearing in the programs of the state broadcaster, recording propaganda songs or simply just participating in the rallies herself, holding the Belarusian red/green flag, which has now become a symbol of the status-quo and of Lukashenko’s regime.

Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

i was blocked from her instagram. she have released a pro Lukasjenko song

#pioneer
#pioneer
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Alyona? don’t forget about AURA (as long as the song won’t be sth like their mess from 2020 I’m musically fine with them going) or Janet…

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

she already said she’s not going to do it again.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

In that case, could be AURA or Janet. They’re also very pro-Lukashenko. Ruslan Alehno is one as well, who knows, it might happen. Not that many people to choose from anyway.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

So… Kirkorov party it is.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

I’m putting Eurovision: A Second Opinion on again for 2021 and I’m really hoping I can find a non-stooge Belarusian singer to vote on their behalf. If the FB/Insta account has the liberation flag, all the better, but of course Eurovision and events like Slavianski Bazaar are my biggest points of reference so who knows?

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

So far there have been just a few Belarusian NF artists who have explicitly endorsed Lukashenko: Alyona Lanskaya, Ruslan Alehno, AURA, Janet. The list is short.

However there are lots of other artists who have kept silent since the protests, this means we don’t know their true position on the issue or simply they don’t wanna take the risk and alienate the wrong people. Here we found the likes of Koldun, ZENA, Teo, Angelika Pushnova, Nastya Glamozda, Anastasia Malakshevich, Provokaciya, and many others.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

It’ll probably be someone who’s kept quiet. BTRC obviously can’t select artists like NaviBand and VAL who took a stand against Lukashenko, but they’ll likely not want to alienate fans and the wider public outside Belarus, who’ll be the voters and who are unlikely to support Belarus.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

*unlikely to support Lukashenko rather

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Maybe somebody from Russia or Ukraine as well will be representing them

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago

As much as y’all like to drag Belarus, their selection sometimes has absolute gems. I point to Burning Again by Nastya Glamozda, Forever by Alekseev (in studio track), Cicha by Pauline, Hmarki by SHUMA, Humanize by Michael Soul, Champion by BLGN & Mirex, and Blazing by Viola. So I’m looking forward to this.

Last edited 2 months ago by Ashton
waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

We’re not dragging Belarus or its people, we’re dragging their dictator and his propaganda of a broadcaster.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Yeah, this is out of love for Belarus and its people

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago

I’m not talking about now, I’m talking about in the past whenever Belarus does a selection and everyone says ‘this is crap’.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

To be fair… most of it was and that’s partially why these auditions are so entertaining. 😉
Still, I did find some good songs there as well – Michael Soul’s Humanize in 2019, Kattie’s Wild Wind in 2017 or Adagio and Shuma in 2018, to name a few. I really liked Naviband in 2017. Alekseev’s Forever also wasn’t bad. So, it’s not *everything* by any means. But we do get a lot more, shall we say, unedited process compared to most other NFs. 😉

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I still listen to Hmarki and Humanize to this day, they are so good and deserved to win their respective national finals.

Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
2 months ago

non-Belarusian citizens are allowed to take part? That’s a new chance for Aly Ryan.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
2 months ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

Lolllllllllll

Last edited 2 months ago by esc2021rotterdam
Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

Aly Ryan won’t shill for Lukashenko. I think that’s her line in the sand.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

still she also won’t take a stand against him, since, as we know, aly ryan only cares about one person in the whole wide world, which coincidentally also happens to go by the name ‘aly ryan’.

just wait for it … next week, she’ll ‘surprise’ us all with her newly discovered belarussian ancestry. 😉

Last edited 2 months ago by Nils
Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
2 months ago

I hope and pray that Helena Meraai has a song ready for that event because she is amazing.