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Belarus have kept their cards close to their chest throughout much of this Eurovision season, revealing very little about who would represent them at the contest in Rotterdam this May. However, broadcaster BTRC has now confirmed that Galasy ZMesta will sing “Ya Nauchu Tebya” (I’ll Teach You) at Eurovision 2021.

In addition to the announcement, the song has been released at the same time.

Galasy ZMesta – “Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll Teach You) [Eurovision 2021 – Belarus]

Who are Galasy ZMesta?

Galasy ZMesta, meaning “the voices of the town” or “voices of reason” in Belarusian, is a fairly unknown Belarusian rock group from Baranovichi. It’s a five-piece group made out of Dmitry Batukov, Evgeny Kardash, Maksim Ponomarenko, Evgeny Artyukh and Irina Sorgovitskaya. The five met in their home town, where one half were working as musicians and the other half were performing in a local KVN team.

During the Belarusian pro-democracy protests that started in 2020, they openly criticised the protestors. On their official site, they write:

“Dear friends! When “under a sauce” “political battles” try to break the country we love and in which we are living, we cannot stay indifferent…”

Belarus’ Eurovision 2021 journey

In September 2020, BTRC confirmed that the country’s Eurovision 2020 act VAL would not be re-selected for 2021 despite the cancellation of last year’s contest. The duo had criticised the broadcaster, in response to which BTRC claimed that VAL had “no conscience”.

The Eastern European country started the search for its Eurovision 2021 song back in December. Between 1 and 31 January, artists could send in an entry to state broadcaster BTRC.

In the first week of February, BTRC news programme Panorama announced that the broadcaster had received “около полусотни” — meaning “around half a hundred” — entries. Since then, any public updates have been lacking.

In its selection’s regulations, the broadcaster had written that it would decide by 1 March at the latest whether to hold a national selection or not. However, as 1 March went by, BTRC kept silent.

Following Poland’s announcement that it would reveal it’s Eurovision 2021 act and song on 12 March, Belarus became the only participating country who were yet to announce details about selecting its entry.

But now with the announcement of Galasy ZMesta, Belarus has found its entry.

Who sent in a bid for Eurovision 2021?

Of the “around half a hundred” bids, around thirty artists have publicly revealed their candidature for the contest. An official list of all participants was never published.

Belarusian media, including news portal TUT.by and newspaper Komsomolksaya Pravda, earlier could confirm via their sources that Eurovision 2019 alumna ZENA was among the entries.

Alongside this, it confirmed that the runners-up from last year’s selection, CHAKRAS, had also sent in a bid.

Several Belarusian national final frequents, including NAPOLI, refused to submit an entry as a result of the current local situation. From last year’s selection, Sasha Zakharik and Darya Hmelnitskaya confirmed that they also did not enter a song.

What do you think about Galasy ZMesta representing Belarus at Eurovision 2021? Did this reveal come as a surprise to you? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Cheerios
Cheerios
1 month ago

We should keep Belarus in, just so then we don’t have to worry about any of the other songs getting last place overall.

xoxofromPoland
xoxofromPoland
1 month ago

Eurovision is not political contest…. yeah yeah

Last edited 1 month ago by xoxofromPoland
Alex
Alex
1 month ago

If there is audience in the arena, expect them to be booed.

Pikachu
Pikachu
1 month ago

sad. simply sad. Val deserved to go. this band is letting themselves be used by some dictator. I hope they change the lyrics or something this can’t be allowed.

12345
12345
1 month ago

*Sees almost 600 comments*
*Grabs popcorn*

Maria
Maria
1 month ago

A terrible song with terrible lyrics and even more terrible subtext. I hope they will be removed from the competition. Belarusians, you deserve respect, at least, and this application is just a spit in the soul. ???? ????????!

Benny Hill
1 month ago

Main Polish eurovision website released a statement today that due to the band’s political affiliations and breaking the rules of ESC they refuse to post about Belarusian entry this year.

Bigger
Bigger
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

That’s interesting, do you have the link? I would like to read more about that.

Edit: I’m asking because I can’t find their website

Last edited 1 month ago by Bigger
Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Bigger

This is the statement put through the Google translator: ‘The Belarusian public broadcaster, BTRC television, announced on March 9 that Galasa ZMesta would represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song I Teach Tiebia (I’ll Teach You). The group presents on its website that it performs songs that respond to contemporary topics. The band’s repertoire includes, among others works criticizing the protests in which Belarusian citizens have participated en masse since August. These are the result of the presidential elections in August, including manipulation of the results by the authorities. In their Eurovision proposal, the group sings:… Read more »

Bigger
Bigger
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Thank you Benny!

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Bigger

Happy to help.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
1 month ago

Seriously though….what is up with the former Soviet states? The drama in Eurovision is ALWAYS coming from that region.
If its not Russia making a fuss, it’s Ukraine causing political stirs. If its not them then Armenia & Azerbaijan are turning their backs on one another. And now Belarus decide to play up.
The EBU really need to man up and have words and/or take action. All the drama totally ruins the very nature of the competition

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

all these problems have roots in Russia

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

I make you a 100% right , that region has ruined Eurovision I am afraid to say ….

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

this is a rather simplistic look on a region with a history of totalitarianism and violence. Sadly, politics and societies in the countries have not yet settled down to become the cosy, well-run and open societies most of us Western Europeans live in. And yes that reflects in Eurovision, just like it does in every other aspect of life there.

Mark Gormley
Mark Gormley
1 month ago

Where was this cancelling energy when el diablo came out which send anti-christian references?
Personally I do think both songs should be banned but I just find it interesting sectarianism is okay but being homphobic gets -12 points
-Just to be clear i think both songs should be banned for their political message

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

Do you think that “Amen” and “Amen” should be banned too?

sushi
sushi
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan

Lmao, actually yes, both songs can’t have the same name, right? At least change their names…c’mon.

Cheerios
Cheerios
1 month ago
Reply to  sushi

Change Slovenia’s name to “Hallelujah” 😉

Cheerios
Cheerios
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

“I love El Diablo” isn’t saying that she worships the devil. Elena is comparing her abusive partner to the devil and how she isn’t able to leave him. I hope this helped. I’m a Christian btw, so I’d be the last person to support satanic music. I do think that it’s easy to misunderstand, but before complaining about something, I’d say do some more research beforehand. 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Cheerios
Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

I rather fail to see any political message in the Cypriot entry

Milan
Milan
1 month ago

Hahaha, if they are so confident, why don’t they translate it to a language that the majority of the audience can understand? This is as if I delivered my political message in Klingonian.

zelenovi
zelenovi
1 month ago

All the more respect to VAL and Naviband! Nil points for Belarus

Thorula
Thorula
1 month ago

If this song participates can we just all put off the TV for three minutes when it’s their turn. And it’s their turn, not Belarus one because these people are not Belarus

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Thorula

Awesome idea. Switch off tv or the offical esc channel when Belarus comes up. This, together with 0 points from juries, should send out a clear message.

We will find that out when the semi points will be revealed in the aftermath of the contest. Then we will know whether some juries gave points to Belarus, We’ll know who supports who. Televote is a lot more difficult to control. But the five-person jury pannels have *accountability*. I am laughing a bit at this *accountability* thing but in this case it should count a little bit.

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
Mark Gormley
Mark Gormley
1 month ago
Reply to  Thorula

Is this not what China got banned for? They didn’t show Ireland’s song in 2018 with two men dancing?
Where was this cancelling energy when el diablo came out which send anti-christian imagery?
Personally I do think both songs should be banned but I just find it interesting sectarianism is okay but being homphobic gets -12 points
-Just to be clear i think both songs should be banned for their political message

Dante
Dante
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

There is a difference between viewers coordinating not to watch a particular entry vs a broadcaster censoring an entry at the behest of the government. Eurovision rules do not forbid viewers from not watching an entry in the form of protest (this is a form of freedom of speech.) The only time this would be in violation is if the government told citizens not to watch a performance. The Eurovision rules do forbid all broadcasters (participating & non-participating) from censoring the program in any way. Also I’m American and I found “El Diablo” rather tame when compared to some of… Read more »

Pikachu
Pikachu
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

China broke the contract of the EBU. China, like Belarus, is a dictatorship. I mean Belarus’ song is kinda creepy tbh.

I don’t see how El Diablo is Christian… .

Cheerios
Cheerios
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Gormley

I think you misunderstood the lyrics to El Diablo

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 month ago

Does the ebu NOT translate song lyrics or something? How in the hell….

RennyWest
RennyWest
1 month ago

They most likely have translated the lyrics, however they are wage enough to slip through the rule cracks. Belarus can be like: “ You think that dancing to the tune is about obeying? Well, that’s like just your opinion. it’s about literally teaching someone how to dance.” And so on.
We know what the song is really about. They know what the song is really about. But we can’t prove it and Belarusian delegation is laughing in our faces.

Last edited 1 month ago by RennyWest
VSM
VSM
1 month ago

We dont want to Put In was too much and it was just the refrain who was political…

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago

The dictator (with the small d) spit in our face

Shanfa Chai
Shanfa Chai
1 month ago

Minus 12 points from me

Last edited 1 month ago by Shanfa Chai
Marcelo
Marcelo
1 month ago

In the end, the propaganda act was chosen. I mean, it was crystal clear since the announcement of the internal selection and the removal of the live auditions, but even now, having heard the song and the entire profile and portfolio of this so-called “group”, it still manages to disgust in the most horrid way there is and in levels no one thought you could reach at Eurovision.

Nothing else to declare, apart from Long Live Belarus, obviously!

Last edited 1 month ago by Marcelo
Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago

I literally cringed so hard listening to this, and the English lyrics made it worse. I think the EBU should take action and kick Belarus out or have the song replaced.

Zander25
Zander25
1 month ago

EBU rules are like cooking contest, they keep changing flavors in favor with their taste. I really don’t know when or how a song becomes political anymore because EBU is a two sided coin without a dignity in strictly implementing their competition rules.Example – Belarus 2011 (change the song as it was performed prior plus removed USSR in lyrics; Verka Lasha Tumbai obvious tease “Russia Goodbye”: Georgia 2009 withdraws as it’s obvious anti Putin; Jamala singing are true incident in 1944: damn it EBU are you’re rules only a joke?

Craigeemac
Craigeemac
1 month ago

One of three things can happen here. 1. The band are asked to submit another song that is not so obvioulsly inflammatory, and comply. 2. They are asked but refuse to submit another song, and Belarus pulls out of EV 2021 or are disqualified. 3. They are permitted to sing this song and get away with it.

I feel that if the EBU has any cahoonas at all, they will DQ this entry. There have been political songs before (Montenegro 2012, Ukraine 2016, Georgia 2019) and they have all been fine with me, but this one needs to go.

Last edited 1 month ago by Craigeemac
Catherine
Catherine
1 month ago
Reply to  Craigeemac

Double standarts.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Craigeemac

Political songs were even Kaiti Garbi’s song for Greece in 1993 and Yanna Terzi’s one in 2018. But the difference of those opposing to Belarus 2021 is that the Greek songs were political towards Greece, or ctiticising their current situation (what Kaiti Garbi did) or about the patriotism Yanna wanted to deliver to Greek viewers. These types of songs are pretty much ok, and there’s no problem that they refer to something political, but entries like the Belarussian one should be immidiately banned and Belarus to be fined and banned for at least one year (I hope though until Lukashenko’s… Read more »

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Craigeemac

And Armenia 2015 and Portugal 2011.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 month ago

So Belarus wants to be the novelty act of the year. They’re not even trying that’s just sad..

chris
chris
1 month ago

I have been a fan of Eurovision since 2000 when I was 3 and I was never so disappointed!!! it’s disgraceful that they are letting this propaganda song from Belarus participate in Eurovision. such a hateful and political song. I loved the competition from a young age and I was so pleased that it had nothing to do about politics. I think they are gonna lose many devoted fans like me If they let this participate. Such a same. A pure and happy event turned into a political one.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago

And I thought Alabama Watchdog would be the most controversial music act this season.

Peppa Pig ?
Peppa Pig ?
1 month ago

Ignoring the politics, this is still a horrible song. And then the political lyrics make this 1000 times worse

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I bet the “Braids” cultural appropriation thingy doesn’t look so bad now, right?

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Well if Georgia was disqualified in 2009 for being anti-Putin then this should be disqualified for being pro-Lukashjenko!
That or change song! Cause the song is, even without controversy, just a bad outdated song!

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

EBU’s double standards. Putin is offended, so we can apply political rules to small Georgia. Whole people of Belarus are offended, protesters and victims of regime are mocked, who cares. Let’s post it on official Eurovision channel.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  nycforever

The contest was taking place in Russia in 2009. Like it or not, Russia were not going to accept get offended in their own country. I know this is an unpopular opinion but the implications would have been too much.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Very word-heavy. Even if it makes it to the Eurovision stage, it isn’t big enough to make an impact, it’s monotonous and a bit too simple.

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago

Well, my russian is not perfect, but this is what I got: the lyrics, if you write down, are not provokative. BUT if you listen to the song then you get the whole picture! They sing ironicly about NEXTA (independent oppositioners media), Tichanovskaya etc. Their messege is: yeah, right, they promise you a lot, they will teach you, nice life but with bank credits etc. No wonder, they are Dictators faws IMHO

Last edited 1 month ago by Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Popeye Spinach

and if you look at their discography – it`s so clear against why and pro they are!

Last edited 1 month ago by Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Popeye Spinach

and – basicaly they spit in Europes face!

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Popeye Spinach

who

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

Instead of 400 comments saying “omg the lyrics” if someone could actually post the lyrics, that would be really helpful, thanks

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

I tried pasting a link under your comment but it’s waiting for approval. There’s a translation on Genius under the official 2021 album

Last edited 1 month ago by An American ESC Fan
Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

Well, my russian is not perfect, but this is what I got: the lyrics, if you write down, are not provokative. BUT if you listen to the song then you get the whole picture! They sing ironicly about NEXTA (independent oppositioners media), Tichanovskaya etc. Their messege is: yeah, right, they promise you a lot, they will teach you, nice life but with bank credits etc. No wonder, they are Dictators faws IMHO

Lolek
Lolek
1 month ago

If this song doesn’t get taken down, the singers are VERY lucky that they will be singing with a reduced audience… and even then I “worry” for them. They are going to get destroyed out there…

Max
Max
1 month ago

These people are awful. They support fascism and violence against peaceful protests in Belarus. In their songs they laugh at european democracy values. They said that they doubt Belarus as an independent country. In one of their songs called ‘Eurodream’ they joking about European openness and tolerance by singing – “they (read Europeans) want equality and brotherhood, and express their will everywhere, in a quivering impulse of tolerance to put on girl’s dress on a boy”. The song they choose for Eurovision has political message. The phrase from their Eurovision song “I’ll teach you how to dance to my pipe… Read more »

Lolek
Lolek
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

That’s so messed up.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Yesterday a man was murdered in Belgium because of his sexual orientation. This has shocked all of Belgium. That this can still happen in the 21st century, makes me angry and very sad. Is it so hard to respect and to accept each other for who are? To the LGTB community, all my love and support! Same to the people of Belarus!

Last edited 1 month ago by Stephanie
Nils (another one)
Nils (another one)
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

frustrating news for sure. still … i don’t understand how that relates to lukashenko’s propaganda disowning the overwhelming majority of belarusians?

Last edited 1 month ago by Nils (another one)
Brötchen
Brötchen
1 month ago

The band made also made a song against the acceptance of the LGBT+ community in Europe.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

In reply to you and nycforever. Because of what Brötchen and Joe said. I did some digging.

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Horrible news, indeed. but how is it connected to the discussion of belarussian entry.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  nycforever

Because homophobia

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

Hopefully there will be some audience allowed in Rotterdam; if I’m lucky enough to be there, I will be waving the white-red-white flag during this performance.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

How an earth this isn’t by far last in the odds really beats me!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

That will happen very soon

Nils (another one)
Nils (another one)
1 month ago

call me picky, but … while i don’t like to see lukashenko’s pals right here go to rotterdam, i’d love to see lukashenko himself in den haag (the hague).

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

You know what i’m very curious if the russian and azerbaijani juries will award any points to this.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Rather infamously, back in 2013, Belarus protested the new voting system because it meant Russia didn’t give them any points. I’m almost positive that wasn’t because the televote weighed it down. (Same deal with Azerbaijan not voting for Russia – remember when that happened? And it was the juries that did it? Seems so long ago.)

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Will be very interesting!

Benny Hill
1 month ago

Okay. I think I’ve overdone it. I’d better shut up for a couple of days. Stay safe everyone!

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

GET RID OF IT!!! And not only for musical REASONS!

Last edited 1 month ago by Stephanie
Nate
Nate
1 month ago

They are clever. A political song but so subtle it can be perfectly hidden so the EBU can do nothing about it.I’m so sorry about Belarus. They went from Naviband to this.

Mia
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate

Yes, I see nothing in lyrics strictly political tbh, it’s subtle. Especially viewers don’t know Russian.. the other thing are their statements outside, but can you punish someone for that, I mean freedom of speech? Hatari also had political statements regarding Palestine.
Still I don’t know why they do this and what they want to prove, I think it’s unnecessary and stupid.

Danil
Danil
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate

And for Russian-speaking people, this is not subtle at all, everything is extremely clear and open. But, unfortunately, I do not know how to translate this into English(

MTD
MTD
1 month ago

459 comments and counting.

Benny Hill
1 month ago

If this makes it to Rotterdam, please don’t let anyone stop the stage invader.

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

PEOPLE CMOON!!! IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW BAD THE SONG IS MUSICALLY! IT IS THE SPIT TO THE WHOLE BELARUSSIAN PEOPLE!!! OMG! I am so sorry for them! EBU must ban this song which is 100% political. Disgusting! Poor Belarussians! They do not deserve it! Have someone read the lyrics? Does Eurovision channel have conscience after they posted this on their YouTube channel? I have no words. If EBU allows it on Eurovision stage further, then they have to explain it to people offended by the song. DISGUSTING! P.S. These group also has other song that is directly mocking Tikhanovskaya and… Read more »

Danil
Danil
1 month ago
Reply to  nycforever

I am a Belarusian. And it really hurts me a lot. I cried when the video was released on the official channel( It would seem that we are already used to the crazy antics of the insane dictator Lukashenko, but every time he breaks a new bottom. Thank you for your understanding. I do not know English (I write through a Google translator), but I want someone to convey to Europe the full scale of the disaster. This group should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to participate.

Benny Hill
1 month ago

I showed it to my stoner friend. He freaked out because he said he didn’t smoke anything today but he’s tripping.

Joe Lestingi
Joe Lestingi
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Funniest comment so far!

Luke A
Luke A
1 month ago

Can’t Armenia come back and replace Belarus this is a snooze fest, well at least Denmark and Estonia won’t be last now

Last edited 1 month ago by Luke A
Obsessive ESC Lover
Obsessive ESC Lover
1 month ago

EBU need to investigate this song. There is an overwhelming message of fascism and pro-Government propaganda. Highlighted more by the bright red background, symbolizing the Red Army. Belarus ought to be disqualified and suspended from participation until the political situation and agenda are stabilized under human rights.

euggram
euggram
1 month ago

We didn’t this song! This is a mockery of the Belarusian people! Disqualify!!!!

Benny Hill
1 month ago

This is more embarrassing than Kate Gosselin on Dancing With The Stars.

Escfan
Escfan
1 month ago

This year Eurovision is like roller coaster with so much different kinds of songs and scandals lmao

Benny Hill
1 month ago

This is more disturbing than David Hasselhoff in speedo.

Benny Hill
1 month ago

People go to prison for not paying TV licence but the writers of this walk free?

Epicurean
Epicurean
1 month ago

“Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll teach you) This teaches anyone on how not to qualify.

Absolutely shocking entry. Guess Belarus wants to stick it to Europe.