Gery-Nikol wins Eurovision Bulgaria fan poll as broadcaster BNT continues 2017 artist search 26

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

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.

Kristian Kostov

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.

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