The EBU has responded to a proposition by the Belarusian Culture Solidarity Foundation’s (BCSF) to have several Belarusian musicians perform as guests at Eurovision 2021.
A proposal by BCSF to have Belarusian artists perform as guests at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been responded to by the EBU. This comes after BTRC, the national broadcaster of Belarus, was forced to withdraw from this year’s contest.
The head of the foundation, Sergey Budkin stated:
“We suggested that during one of the interval acts of the broadcast, the bands NaviBand and VAL, already well-known for the Eurovision family, should perform together with the opera singer Margarita Levchuk”
Naviband represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with their song “Story of My Life”. VAL were selected to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with their song “Da Vidna”. These songs mark the two occasions so far that a song has been performed in Belarusian at Eurovision.
BCSF’s idea was for Naviband, VAL and Margarita Levchuk to perform the winning entry of Eurovision 1997, “Love Shine a Light” by Katrina and the Waves.
In response, the EBU stated that the program of the show has already been fully approved, including the interval acts. The EBU also hopes Belarus will be able to return to the contest in 2022 once the situation stabilises. Finally, the EBU reassures BCSF that the EBU will demand that the broadcaster complies with the values of their charter.
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 39 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.
Source: ESCBubble | Image Source: VAL