Sergey Lavrov: “The EBU decision on Belarus was disgusting and pure censorship”!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the Eurovision Song Contest and EBU’s decision for banning the Belarusian entry from the upcoming contest in Rotterdam.

Organizers of the contest disqualified Belarus from the contest last week after deeming their songs too political.

Speaking in Thursday’s televised comments, Lavrov called the decision “disgusting” and “pure censorship”.

The decision to ban Belarus from the Eurovision Song Contest was really disgusting. An act of clear censorship!

Sergey Lavrov

The first song submitted to the contest called “I’ll teach you” allegedly mocked protesters who disputed the results of the Presidential elections last summer.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said the country would submit another song, but the organizers said the replacement was also breaching the rules and that Belarus would be disqualified.

Armenia’s withdrawal due to the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the blockade of Belarus reduced the number of countries participating in this year’s competition from 41 to 39, while proving beyond doubt that those who believe that politics has nothing to do with the contest, are watching something different.

Listen to the song that would represent Belarus at Eurovision 2021 below:

Do you agree with Sergey Lavrov or do you consider the exclusion of Belarus fair?

Source: Associated Press

Belarus: Galasy ZMesta submitted 2 new songs for Eurovision

Belarus selected representatives have submitted two new songs to represent the Eastern European country in Rotterdam.  Galasy ZMesta sparked controversy for the song they initially selected song.

In an interview for STW Dzmitryj Butakou, leader of Galasy ZMesta told that the band had already submitted two new songs to represent Belarus in Eurovision.  During the interview he said that he did not understand why the EBU disqualified their initial song.

Galasy ZMesta was internally selected to represent Belarus with their song “Ya nauchu tebya” (I’ll Teach You) in Rotterdam.  However, the song received criticism from the public because of its lyrics.  The song allegedly makes fun of the Belarus opposition and their demands.  The band had made fun of the opposition to Lukashenko’s government in the past.  On 11 March the EBU disqualified the song for its political nature.

Moreover, Butakou said during the interview that “there were some people” who had an interest in disqualifying his band.  Nevertheless he said he had already sent two new proposals.

There is no problem because we write 2 songs a week. We already have six ready. We chose a few and sent them.

 

Source: Belsat.eu

Belarus: “We will submit a new song for Eurovision 2021” says President Lukashenko!

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has said that Belarus may submit a new entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after the previous one was rejected by the EBU because of its political lyrics.

With lyrics such as “I will teach you if you cross the line”, the song provoked strong reactions from opposition figures and sparked calls from the European Parliament and fans of the competition to exclude Belarus from the popular competition.

The organizers of Eurovision 2021 and the EBU threatened Belarus with a ban on Thursday if it did not submit a modified version of the song or a new song.

Admittedly, what was said was that allowing Belarus to participate in this song would legitimize Lukashenko’s violent crackdown on the mass unrest that struck the country after the August elections.

For Lukashenko, all of the above was another example of an attempt by outside forces to overthrow his 27-year rule. The lifelong president, who has traditional Russian backing, accuses the West of sparking protests to overthrow him.

“They are starting to put pressure on us on all fronts. “Even at Eurovision, I see it,” Lukashenko said in his first public comment on the issue.

“We will submit another song,” he said, adding: “You see that all this is being politicized.”

For the record, Belarus’ public television station’s original choice for Eurovision 2021 was the song “Ya nauchu tebya” with the band Galasy ZMesta.

Source: Reuters

Belarus: The submission of songs for Eurovision 2021 has started!

Belarus Public Broadcaster has started submitting entries for Eurovision 2021. The deadline for submitting songs is January 31, 2021. It is unknown whether the final selection of the representative and the song will be made by internal selection or through a national final, as is usually the case. the country’s public television.

On September 25, following the open stance taken by VAL against incumbent President Lukashenko, Belarus Public Television announced that a new representative would be selected for the Eurovision Song Contest. There has been no update since.

However, the start of the submission of entries for Eurovision 2021 was officially announced a while ago. There is no restriction in terms of nationality, both performers and creators, while the general rules of the competition apply (3 minutes, six people on stage, etc.) .

An important difference this year is that those interested should also send a video, where they perform their song live. Deadline as we said is January 31st, while it remains unknown at this time, the method that will be used for the final selection of the representative.

More information on the website of the Belarusian Public Television.

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

VAL’s answer to BTRC for Eurovision 2021: “We made our choice and BTRC made theirs”!

One day after the announcement of the Belarusian Public Broadcaster (BTRC) that VAL will not represent the country in Eurovision 2021 because they have no conscience, the band gave their own answer and explanation through their instagram profile, typically saying that they made their choice, not being able to tolerate the violence and injustice that prevails in their country.

The group has been on the side of the protesters since the first day of the anti-government protests in Minsk and all other major cities in Belarus, making it known through their social media profiles. So the decision of the BTRC did not come like lightning in the air, we would probably say the opposite.

Their response throws any bridges that could exist, as they accuse the Lukashenko regime of violence, injustice and freedom. Eurovision’s dream ends here for the VALs, who, however, seem fully aware, since, as they say, they were fully aware of the consequences of their actions.

Six months later, we finally heard a response from BTRC regarding our possible participation in Eurovision 2021.

The official release says that we will not represent Belarus at the competition in May, because we “have no conscience”.

The trigger, as we understand it, was our active citizenship — a frank interview for the @ilinterviews project and a weekly video message for our listeners.

To say that we are very upset would be to deceive ourselves. When we took certain steps, we understood the possible consequences.

For us, such concepts as honor, decency, freedom, respect, love and, most importantly, people’s lives are much more important than personal preferences from any current state organization.

The preparation for Eurovision was a joint work of our creative team and BTRC. We made every effort to adequately represent Belarus at the international level. VAL put their whole soul into this work. Precisely because artists have a soul, we could not ignore the violence and injustice that swept Belarus. We made our choice. And BTRC made theirs.

We will always be together with our listeners!

Thank you for such warm support !!!

Together, until the end, forever!

VAL for BTRC decision

 

Δείτε αυτή τη δημοσίευση στο Instagram.

 

Спустя полгода мы, наконец, услышали ответ от БТ по поводу нашего возможного участия в «Евровидение»-2021. ⠀ В официальном релизе сказано, что мы не представим Беларусь в мае на конкурсе, потому что у нас «нет совести». ⠀ Триггером, как мы понимаем, послужила наша активная гражданская позиция, откровенное интервью для проекта @ilinterviews и недельное видеообращение для своих слушателей. ⠀ Сказать, что мы сильно расстроены, самим же и обмануться. Когда мы делаем определённые шаги, мы понимаем их возможные последствия. ⠀ Для нас такие понятия как честь, порядочность, свобода, уважение, любовь и самое главное жизни людей гораздо важнее, чем очередные личные преференции от какой-либо нынешней государственной организации. ⠀ Подготовка к «Евровидению» была совместной работой нашей творческой команды и БТ. Мы прилагали максимальные усилия, чтобы достойно представить Беларусь на международном уровне. В эту работу VAL вкладывали всю душу. Именно потому, что у артистов есть душа, мы не могли остаться безучастными к насилию и несправедливости, которые захлестнули Беларусь. Мы сделали свой выбор. А БТ – свой. ⠀ Мы всегда будем вместе с нашими слушателями! ⠀ Спасибо вам за такую тёплую поддержку!!! ⠀ Разам мы, да канца, навечна! ♥️✊🏻✌🏻

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη VAL = VLAD & LERA 👽🖤👽 (@val.music) στις

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0wfxz5zq04

Source: Wiwibloggs

Belarus: “VAL WILL NOT represent the country in Eurovision 2021”, BTRC announced!

In a simple announcement, Belarus Public Television (BTRC) announced that the VAL band, which had won this year’s national final and thus would represent the country at Eurovision, would NOT be able to do so next year, as they announced many other public broadcasters. Read more