On December 22 Bulgaria’s state broadcaster BNT invited established producers and record labels to submit proposals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
And on Thursday songstress Gery-Nikol received a big boost to her potential bid, as readers of Bulgaria’s largest Eurovision fan site named her their preferred candidate for Eurovision 2017.
Fans cast a total of 195,506 votes in the annual eurovision-bg poll, which saw rising star Gery-Nikol come out on top with 44,983 votes — or 23% of all those cast.
Gery-Nikol has been on our radar for months, prompting us to film a reaction video to her latest single “Gotina i Luda” (Crazy and Cool) earlier this December.
Gery-Nikol: Eurovision fan favourite
The Varna-born beauty has already said publicly that she’s likely to accept a BNT Eurovision offer, and we’re confident that she and her label are preparing a bid of some form.
The blonde bombshell rose to public attention in 2014, when she finished eighth on X Factor Bulgaria as part of the girl group Sweet 16.
She became known for her soulful, R&B-friendly voice, which ultimately led Bulgarian rapper Krisko to mentor her, paving the wave for her to sign with Bulgarian-German record label Facing The Sun.
Her debut single “Ela I Si Vzemi” (Come And Get It) topped the charts in 2015, and her follow-up singles made an impact as well, with “Momiche Kato Men” (Girl Like Me) hitting #5 on the charts, and “I’m The Queen” reaching #13.
Zhana Bergendorf finished second in the fan poll with an impressive 43,933 — around 1,000 fewer votes than Gery-Nikol.
The Virginia Records artist won the second series of Bulgarian X Factor in 2013 and has released four singles. Her track “Nevazmozhni sme sami” topped the charts in 2015.
The mother-of-one speaks Bulgarian, Danish, English and Korean — suggesting she’d handle the Eurovision promotional tour with ease if selected.
And rounding out the Top 3 is Kristian Kostov, who earned 38,737 votes.
The 16-year-old pop singer finished as runner-up on X Factor Bulgaria in 2016, and prior to that was a finalist on the first season of The Voice Kids Russia.
Who do YOU want to sing at Eurovision 2017 for Bulgaria? Do the top-finishers in this poll get you going? Let us know in the comments box below.