The Eurovision Bulgaria Twitter account loves to tease. Recently they’ve been giving out hints of the 13 songs competing in this year’s internal selection process. But things have just got a whole lot more interesting.
Earlier in the week, BNT revealed that a “returning artist” was involved with one of the 13 entries. This sparked off much debate and speculation amongst fans, who tried to figure out who it could be.
But today @bg_eurovision has dropped a hint that has made things much simpler — and a whole lot more complicated!
In a tweet, BNT listed all the top five acts from the past six Eurovision Song Contests who can safely be excluded from being part of the Bulgarian selection process.
So that’s a definite no to the Russian Grannies, Kallay-Saunders and Måns Zelmerlöw, among others. But who does it leave? Just seven artists:
- Emmelie de Forest
- Kristian Kostov
- Poli Genova
- Sergey Lazarev
- Zeljko Joksimovic
Of the list, the two Bulgarian acts seem most likely. While it’s been less than a year since Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria at Eurovision, perhaps he’s ready for a second shot. Or is Poli Genova aiming to better her fourth-place finish from 2016?
From other countries, fan speculation has focused on Loreen and Sergey Lazarev. We know that Loreen was looking to make a Eurovision comeback with “Statements”, and with a new look and new sound, is she looking for a new platform to relaunch herself? And there’s long been talk of a Eurovision comeback for Sergey, but has he decided to do it with friendly Bulgaria instead of Mother Russia?
Or could it be time for the Serbian star Zeljko Joksimovic to make his third Eurovision appearance? While all the Bulgarian songs are in English, the multi-lingual Zeljko would surely be able to handle Bulgarian.
Then that leaves 2014 winner Conchita and 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest. Both have been busy with their own music careers and neither seem all that likely to return to Eurovision singing for Bulgaria. However, last year Emmelie did make an appearance at Eurovision, as the writer of the British song. So Emmelie has shown that she’s happy to work with other countries — at least as a songwriter.
Which returning artist would you like to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2018?
Which returning artist would you like to see singing for Bulgaria in Lisbon? Have your say and vote in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!