Today the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC revealed that Galasy ZMesta will represent Belarus in Eurovision 2021 with “Ya nauchu tebya (I’ll Teach You)”.
UPDATE: Since publishing this article, the EBU has disqualified this entry from the contest.
The group consists of five members, Irina Sorgovitskaya, Dmitry Butakov, Evgeniy Kardash, Evgeniy Artyukh and Maxim Ponomarenko. They hail from Belarusian city Baranavichy. While the group existed before, it was named Galasy ZMesta just last spring.
The group was selected internally by the broadcaster to represent Belarus in Eurovision 2021. The country will compete in the first semifinal of the contest on May 18th.
Belarus in Eurovision Song Contest
Making their debut in 2004 with “My Galileo”, Belarus didn’t make their first Eurovision final until 2007. In Helsinki, Dmitry Koldun secured a sixth-place finish with “Work Your Magic” – this remains the country’s best result to date.
They have since made five more finals – including, most recently, in 2019 when ZENA scored 31 points in the final, and finished in 24th place overall with her song, “Like It”.
Last year, VAL were selected to take part in the contest for Belarus with “Da vidna” – which would have only been the country’s second song in Belarusian after “Story of My Life” in 2017. Unfortunately, the contest was cancelled and VAL weren’t invited back for the 2021 contest.
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