President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has expressed his dissatisfaction at the country's preparations for Eurovision 2009 in an unexpected outburst by the head of state.
According to reports, Lukashenko considers it necessary to completely replace the current working team behind Belarus' Eurovision entry, which this year resulted in Petr Elfimov's selection with the song Eyes That Never Lie. The song failed to get through the first semifinal on May 12th, languishing in 13th place overall. Lukashenko pointed out his frustrations over divisions within the team, amongst other things, during a press conference to journalists following his working trip to the Mogilev region of the country.
Belarus has only managed to reach the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion since its debut in 2004, when Dmitry Koldun reached 6th place with Work Your Magic at the 2007 contest in Helsinki.