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March 11, 2021

North Macedonia: Vasil sings “Here I stand”

Today, also North Macedonia presented its song. Vasil will sing “Here I stand”, a song he wrote and composed himself. Vasil Garvanliev has some Eurovision experience. In 2019, he was involved in the successful entry “Proud”, sung by Tamara Todevska, as a backing vocal. In 2020 he was chosen to represent North Macedonia in the contest. After the cancellation it took a long time before North Macedonia confirmed Vasil as their contestant again, but here he is.

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EBU: Belarus, change the song or be disqualified!

At the moment the Belarusian entry was published, people started complaining about the lyrics. The song was, in the eyes of many, a way to explicit political song. EBU started investigating and came up with a statement on the Belarusian song today: “As part of the regular procedure for all songs submitted to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), the EBU has carefully scrutinized the Belarusian song, Ya Nauchu Tebya (I’ll Teach You) by Galasy ZMesta to ensure it complies with the rules of the competition. It was concluded that the song puts the non-political nature of the Contest in question. In addition, recent reactions to the proposed entry risk bringing the reputation of the ESC into disrepute. We’ve written to the broadcaster BTRC, which is responsible for Belarus’ entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, to inform them that the song, in its present form, is currently not eligible to compete. Furthermore we’ve requested that they take all necessary steps to submit a modified version, or a new song, that is compliant with the ESC rules. Failure to do so could result in disqualification from this year’s Contest.” What we are now all waiting for is a reaction of BTRC. Will the lyrics be changed or will Belarus withdraw from the contest. To be continued…. source: EBU

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