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21 May 2013

Lukashenko advises against taking Eurovision results too close to heart

Lukashenko advises against taking Eurovision results too close to heart

MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) – President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has urged to stay cool and calm no matter what Eurovision results are. The head of state said it on 21 May as he met with gifted students and talented youth, including Belarusian contestant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Alyona Lanskaya, BelTA learned.

“No matter how our representative has performed at such public events watched by millions of people, we should be very appreciative. After all, there were many great things about the performance of our girl at this contest. However, you should never take such results too close to heart,” the head of state said.

“I know what you feel, Alyona, about the way Russia voted. You can take these 12 points, not less. This demonstrates how politicized and even falsified this contest is. Those who read news have probably learnt about a scandal around the falsification of voting results that broke out in one of the participating states. I am not even talking about the geographical voting principle,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“Therefore, you should take it easy, just listen and enjoy the music and performers. I do not want to cast a doubt and question the winning entry. Indeed, the girl from Denmark was very good and her performance was great. However, our girl was just as good. Therefore, I suggest we should stay cool and calm regarding such voting results,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Belarus’ contestant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Alyona Lanskaya came 16th with 48 points in the Grand Final of the contest. Belarus got the highest score, 12 points, from Ukraine. The countries that voted for the Belarusian act included Israel (3 points), Moldova (4 points), Azerbaijan (7 points), Armenia (5 points), Malta (2 points), Greece (1 point), Montenegro (3 points), Georgia (5 points), Macedonia (5 points) and Lithuania (1 point).


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