First, we were supposed to get a national final. A call for entries was made and some artists, infamous among esc fans for touring NF around Europe, published their desire to send a song there (not many NF were kept this year, and the ones who were are more or less brand at home you can’t invite yourself in, like Melodi Grand Prix, San Remo, Festival I Këngës, Melodifestivalen, Festival da Canção). Of course, Belarus hasn’t a real national final: it used to be a mean to have a TV show (and all national finals have that bit understood) but the results were often decided through 100% juries (so that it becomes an internal selection disguised) or just changed after the final was over because of “allegations” of problems in the televote (in 2012, Alena Lanskaya won the national final but was changed for Litesound, who had already lost many national finals because considered not close to the power enough).
However, last year and after the 100% jury decision in 2019, a televote was introduced, which VAL won and they were kept as the entry. Since then, new elections have put more protesters in the street, whereas before, the resistance to the “last dictator” of Europe, as he’s often considered, didn’t take the form of very visual protests supported by celebrities, intellectuals and even the European Union. Most Belarussian artists supported the protests and were banned from the national broadcaster for representing Belarus in the contest. VAL were out.
They’ve found a band who made their entire recent career based on mocking protesters, calling for their emprisonment and supporting the last dictator of Europe. Moreover, they wrote lyrics that mention the need to “teach” those protesters. How? It does not say. Guess!
Now a call for a ban against Belarus is rising among Eurovision fans. It has 20k dislikes on Youtube and only 1.9k likes (and it’s very evident that an incredibly small margin of these are related to music). Let’s see how other delegations react. The famous Georgia 2009 case was mentioned, but it never comes to the EBU banning an entry. They ask for a change (in lyrics, in artists…), the country refuses and withdraws, which seems to be the road we’re going to take. In 2017, Russia also withdrew their artist when the EBU had a very difficult time handling the conflict there. What do you think will happen now?