BTRC has continued to state this evening that Galasy ZMesta are the Belarusian representative for Eurovision as the lead of the group refuses to talk about the meaning of their song.
This evening the Belarusian broadcaster aired a 10-minute piece in the evening news on Galasy ZMesta, reaffirming the group as Belarus’ entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The report openly questions the legitimacy of the EBU to state that the group needs to rewrite their song to abide by the rules of the contest citing Jamala, Hatari, and Verka Serduchka as acts that have broken contest rules.
Dmitry Butakov, the lead of Galasy ZMesta was interviewed today on Current Time TV a Russian language TV channel created by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. In the interview, Mr. Butakov was repeatedly asked about the lyrics to the song “Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll Teach You) and whether they were political, he stated that:
let’s wait for some final decision after all, so that we have something to dance from, then I will gladly tell you what I personally laid down the meaning in this text. Well, that I didn’t talk about politics in it at all – this, in my opinion, is obvious to any person who can read or at least take the trouble to think over words.
When challenged about the lyrics not being obvious and asked to decipher them for viewers, he stated:
Because the final decision has not been made yet. What for? These are conversations from scratch for the time being.
Throughout the interview, the lead singer refused to elaborate further on any questions regarding Galasy ZMesta’s Eurovision entry or their past catalogue of songs. He added:
I will be happy to chat with you, but again I say, I just do not comment on Eurovision and I would not like it now at the moment.
BTRC the Belarusian broadcaster has yet to state whether they will submit a new song for the Eurovision Song Contest, they have until tomorrow’s Head of Delegation meeting to submit a new song or be disqualified from the contest.
Events in Belarus
In August 2020, the Presidential election in Belarus in which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to a sixth term was the subject of widespread claims of electoral fraud. International monitors have labeled the election neither free nor fair. Following the election, significant and widespread protests have occurred in Belarus.
The Belarusian broadcaster, BTRC, has been subject to a campaign for its removal from the EBU. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who stood as the main opposition candidate in the disputed 2020 elections, has given her support to this campaign. Ms. Tsikhanouskaya supports the move due to the financial benefits that BTRC receives from ad revenue, the high ratings of the Eurovision Song Contest, and the prestige it brings to BTRC. Participation in the contest requires a national broadcaster to be a member of the EBU.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20 and 22 in Rotterdam. A total of 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision 2020 was due to be held in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence gave the Netherlands their first victory since 1975 with the song “Arcade”. After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, it was decided that Rotterdam would host the 2021 contest instead.