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.
“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.
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