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EBU statement on Belarusian participation

26 March 2021 at 20:20 CET
Satellite dish at the EBU's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. EBU
Published on 26 March at 20:20 CET

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has released a statement regarding Belarus' 2021 Eurovision Song Contest entry:

"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 have failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May."