Earlier in the month, the EBU excluded Belarus‘ entry “Ya nauchu tebya” from Eurovision 2021. Now the EBU says they are still having discussions with broadcaster BTRC about their participation. However, BTRC says their replacement song will be ready “in a few days”.
On 11 March, Belarus’ song “Ya nauchu tebya”, sung by pro-governmental group Galasy ZMesta, was excluded from taking part at Eurovision 2021. The EBU stated that the entry contained political messaging and was bringing the contest into dispute.
Since then, fans have been wondering whether the Eastern European country would take part at all in Rotterdam. After all, Galasy ZMesta has been noted for writing songs in which most if not all lyrics contain political undertones.
For a long time, fans and Belarusians wondering about the country’s entry were faced with silence. Even after the Head of Delegation meeting of 15 March, no update on Belarus was presented.
Breaking the silence, the EBU told Belarusian news portal TUT.by that they are still in negotiations with the BTRC about their bid.
In a short statement, they said:
“We are still having discussions with BTRC about the change regarding the lyrics of their song or the presentation of a new song in order for it to comply with the existing Eurovision rules.”
BTRC’s director-general claims song will be ready “in a few days”
Meanwhile, BTRC’s director-general Ivan Eismont told pro-governmental press agency Sputnik that he never felt that the song was politicising the contest.
Nevertheless, Eismont said that BTRC had suggested that Galasy ZMesta make a new song. Eismont expected that the new song would ready to be released “in a few days”.
Speaking to Belarus’ second public broadcaster ONT as reported by Sputnik, Eismont said:
“From the perspective of the show business, Eurovision is a show. They made a million-worth song for us. I think that very soon, in a few days, you will hear a million-worth song again, which will be listened in the whole of Europe.”
With regards to travelling to the contest, Ivan Eismont himself has one problem. Currently, Eismont is unable to travel to Rotterdam due to sanctions imposed on him by the European Union.
Earlier in the month, the EBU confirmed it would not accept “Ya Nauchu Tebya (I’ll Teach You)” as Belarus’ entry for Eurovision 2021. At the time, the EBU said “It was concluded that the song puts the non-political nature of the Contest in question. In addition, recent reactions to the proposed entry risk bringing the reputation of the ESC into disrepute.”
The EBU wrote to the broadcaster requesting that they submit a modified version of the song or a new song.