The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has turned down a second version of lyrics for the Belarus contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest because the lyrics were considered political. The band Galasy ZMesta´s lyrics have been deemed to mock anti-government protests. The protests have been growing since last year when Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected president in elections that the opposition says were rigged. The contest takes place in Rotterdam on May 18-22.
When EBU said no to the first version of lyrics, the band presented a second version but also this one has now been rejected by the EBU.
In a public statement the EBU said it has “carefully scrutinized the new entry to assess its eligibility to compete”. However, EBU had found it to be “in breach rules of the competition that ensure the Contest is not instrumentalized or brought into disrepute.”
This means Belarus will not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest at all, the EBU said.