BELARUS – Following the huge reactions across Europe to the choice of BTRC for Eurovision 2021, the developments were rapid.
Belarus will not participate in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest as the second chance given was also a flop for them.
Their new song submitted failed to meet the terms and rules of participation. Therefore Belarus is out of Eurovision 2021.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 26, 2021
“On Wednesday 10 March we wrote to the broadcaster BTRC, which is responsible for Belarus’ entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, to request that they take all steps necessary to amend their entry to this year’s event to ensure it is compliant with the rules of the competition.
Following this BTRC submitted a new song, by the same artists, within an agreed timeframe.
The EBU and the Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, carefully scrutinized the new entry to assess its eligibility to compete.
It was concluded that the new submission was also in breach of the rules of the competition that ensure the Contest is not instrumentalized or brought into disrepute.
As BTRC has failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May.”