It’s official – Belarus is no longer taking part in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to take place in Rotterdam this coming May.
The Belarusian national broadcaster has selected the band Galasy ZMesta to represent their country in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The originally submitted song “Ya nauchu tebya” was rejected by the EBU, due to the fact that the song did not meet the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, as the song was based on politics. Belarus thus got an extended deadline to submit a new entry, or modify the firstly submitted one. BTRC submitted a new entry, and now the EBU has confirmed that this new song was rejected as well, and that thus Belarus is not going to compete in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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This means that 39 countries are going to compete this year in Rotterdam – 16 will compete in the first semi final on the 18th of May, 17 will compete in the second semi final on the 20th of May, and six are pre-qualified for the Grand Final which will take place on the 22nd of May.