The musical contribution with which the authoritarian-led Belarus wanted to enter the race at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) was already collected about two weeks ago. The song “Ja nauchu tebja” (“I will teach you”) by the band Galasy ZMesta, in its form at the time, “questioned the non-political character of the competition”, said the ESC organizer, the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva. Before that, there had been complaints because the song, with lines like “I’ll teach you to dance to the tune”, mocked the protest movement against long-term ruler Alexander Lukashenko in the eyes of many people.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) requested a new version, but that didn’t work either. After examining the new song, “it was concluded that the new submission also violates the competition rules, which ensure that the competition is not instrumentalized or discredited,” said an EBU statement on Friday evening. Therefore “Belarus will unfortunately not take part in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May”.