Galasy ZMesta will represent Belarus at Eurovision 2021 with their song “Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll Teach You).
The Belarusian broadcaster BTRC has announced that Galasy ZMesta will represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam with their song “Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll Teach You). This is the first time that Belarus is sending a song in the Russian language to Eurovision.
The song was chosen through an internal selection, marking the first occasion since 2011 that the country used this method of selection for their Eurovision entry.
An open call for songs to compete in the Belarusian selection was made in January with around 50 songs submitted to BTRC. Among the acts that submitted into the selection were ZENA, KAZNA, CHAKRAS, Alyona Gorbachova and Vitaly Voronko.
Galasy ZMesta, (The Voices of the Town/of Reason) is a rock group from Baranovichi in western Belarus. The group is comprised of Dmitry Batukov, Evgeny Kardash, Maksim Ponomarenko, Evgeny Artyukh and Irina Sorgovitskaya. During the Belarusian pro-democracy protests, the band criticised the protestors and showed their support for Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus since 1994. The band have also been criticised for transphobic lyrics in some of their past songs. “Ya nauchu tebya” has also been criticised for lyrics mocking the Belarusian pro-democracy movement.
Belarus will compete in the first semi final, due to be held on the 18th May 2021.
Image Source: Galasy ZMesta | Source: Onliner.by
Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on five occasions. Belarus’ best result in the contest came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished 6th in the final with a total of 145 points. In total Belarus has qualified for the Eurovision final six times in sixteen attempts.