Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Belarus
Belarus
(2012–2019)
Flag
(2004–2011)
Member stationBTRC (2004–2021)
National selection events
National final
  • Eurofest
  • 2004–2009
  • 2012–2018
  • 2020
  • Nationalny Otbor
  • 2019
Internal selection
  • 2010–2011
Participation summary
Appearances16 (6 finals)
First appearance2004
Last appearance2019
Best result6th: 2007
External links
BTRC page
Belarus's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Belarus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 16 times since making its debut in 2004. The country's first appearance in a final was in 2007, with the song "Work Your Magic" performed by Dmitry Koldun, placing sixth. This remains Belarus' only top ten placement. Belarus also qualified for the final in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC would be suspended from the union effective June 2021, which will prevent Belarus from participating in further Eurovision events unless BTRC is reintegrated or another broadcaster takes its position.[1]

History[edit]

Belarus entered the contest in the same year that semi-finals began to be used to determine who would compete in the final. As of the 2019 contest, Belarus has qualified for the final six times: in 2007 with "Work Your Magic", in 2010 with "Butterflies", in 2013 with "Solayoh", in 2014 with "Cheesecake", in 2017 with "Story of My Life", and in 2019 with "Like It".

After the 2009 edition, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said that it was necessary to completely replace the current working team behind Belarus' Eurovision entry. Lukashenko pointed out his frustrations over divisions within the team.[citation needed]

Alexander Rybak, the winner of the 2009 contest representing Norway, expressed an interest in composing an entry for his birth country Belarus.[2] Rybak's song "Accent", performed by Milki, competed in the Belarusian national final for the 2015 contest,[3] placing fourth.

Belarus originally planned to participate in the 2021 contest, and were set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final. On 9 March 2021, Galasy ZMesta was announced as the chosen entrant with the song "Ya nauchu tebya (I'll Teach You)".[4] However, the entry was disqualified on 11 March, as it was decided by the EBU that the song was in violation of the contest's rules. Belarusian broadcaster BTRC was ordered to submit either a new version of the song or an entirely new song that is compliant with the rules, or face disqualification.[5] On 26 March, BTRC submitted the song "Pesnya pro zaytsev (Song about hares)" (Russian: Песня про зайцев), also sung by Galasy ZMesta, as Belarus' new entry, however that song was also disqualified, again for the same reasons as their previous attempt, and Belarus was subsequently disqualified from the 2021 contest altogether.[6][7]

On 28 May 2021, six days after the 2021 final, the EBU voted to suspend BTRC's membership. BTRC was given two weeks to respond before the suspension comes into effect on 11 June, but there was no public response.[1] The broadcaster was expelled from the EBU on 1 July, therefore losing the rights to broadcast and participate in the contest.[8] It was subsequently stated that the expulsion would last for three years, however Belarus would have to re-apply for membership after it expires. [9]

Participation overview[edit]

Table key
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
Aleksandra and Konstantin "My Galileo" English Failed to qualify 19 10
Angelica Agurbash "Love Me Tonight" English 13 67
Polina Smolova "Mum" English 22 10
Dmitry Koldun "Work Your Magic" English 6 145 4 176
Ruslan Alekhno "Hasta La Vista" English Failed to qualify 17 27
Petr Elfimov "Eyes That Never Lie" English 13 25
3+2 feat. Robert Wells "Butterflies" English 24 18 9 59
Anastasia Vinnikova "I Love Belarus" English Failed to qualify 14 45
Litesound "We Are the Heroes" English 16 35
Alyona Lanskaya "Solayoh" English 16 48 7 64
Teo "Cheesecake" English 16 43 5 87
Uzari & Maimuna "Time" English Failed to qualify 12 39
Ivan "Help You Fly" English 12 84
Naviband "Story of My Life" Belarusian 17 83 9 110
Alekseev "Forever" English Failed to qualify 16 65
ZENA "Like It" English 24 31 10 122
VAL "Da vidna" (Да відна) Belarusian Contest cancelled[a] X
Galasy ZMesta "Ya nauchu tebya (I'll Teach You)" (Я научу тебя) Russian Disqualified[b] X

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
20092011 Alexander Martynenko
20122016 Marat Markov
20172019 Olga Salamakha

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2003 Ales Kruglyakov, Tatyana Yakusheva Did not participate
2004 Ales Kruglyakov Denis Kurian
2005 Elena Ponomareva
2006 Denis Dudinskiy Corrianna
2007 Denis Kurian, Alexander Tikhanovich Juliana
2008 Denis Kurian Olga Barabanschikova
2009 Ekaterina Litvinova
2010 Aleksei Grishin
2011 Leila Ismailava
2012 Dmitry Koldun
2013 Evgeny Perlin Darya Domracheva
2014 Alyona Lanskaya
2015 Teo
2016 Uzari
2017 Alyona Lanskaya
2018 Naviband
2019 Maria Vasilevich
2020 Evgeny Perlin Not announced before cancellation
2021 No broadcast Did not participate

Other shows[edit]

Show Commentator Channel Ref.
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Evgeny Perlin Belarus 1, Belarus 24

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ The song was disqualified for being political in nature.

References[edit]

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