They’re the group — or “common framework” — looking to help Bulgaria finally reach the top of the Eurovision rankings. But we won’t have to wait until Lisbon to hear Equinox perform live.
This year’s London Eurovision Party will play host to their first live performance. The announcement was made on the party’s social media accounts, adding to the already bumper lineup.
And there’s more news still. Sacha Jean Baptiste is back for more. The Swedish staging supremo will put together Equinox’s performance in Lisbon.
Equinox to perform at London Eurovision Party
With their debut live performance, we are so excited to welcome Bulgaria's @EquinoxBulgaria to the party! ?? They will perform 'Bones' for the first time, live to the #LEP2018 crowd! #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/lY4IrJTNq5
— London Eurovision (@LDNEurovision) March 26, 2018
The Bulgarian hopefuls join 23 other acts in taking part in this year’s London contest. Since our last update on March 15, 9 more acts have been confirmed, with Equinox making that 10.
The latest 2018 acts confirmed includes Jessica Mauboy, Ieva Zasimauskaite, The Humans, Benjamin Ingrosso, Ari Olaffson and Jessika & Jennifer.
New special guests include Norway’s Stella Mwangi & Alexandra Rotan, as well as 1983 winner Corinne Hermes. Melfest star Felix Sandman will also be on stage.
Sacha-Jean Baptiste to stage Equinox’s Lisbon performance
Broadcaster BNT confirmed Sacha’s return to help the country through their BNT Eurovision Twitter on March 26.
We are excited to confirm that Sacha Jean-Baptiste is the stage director behind "Bones" – the Bulgarian entry for #Eurovision. Together we hope to deliver a modern, stylish and visually appealing staging. pic.twitter.com/5qG11vpPox
— BNT Eurovision ?? (@bg_eurovision) March 26, 2018
Sacha-Jean previously staged Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess”, helping it reach second place.
BNT hopes the partnership will result in a “modern, stylish and visually appealing staging.” SJB’s appointment may help reassure concern from fans about how “Bones” will be staged in Lisbon.
Bulgaria is Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s second staging gig this year. She’s already signed up to deliver Cyprus’s performance of “Fuego”.
Equinox’s Zhana Bergendorff speaks out on addiction struggle
There’s been more news too coming from the Bulgarian camp recently. X-Factor Bulgaria’s 2013 winner (and now Equinox member) Zhana Bergendorff has been speaking in the media about her battle with addiction.
Talking to UK tabloid Metro UK Zhana said she sees Eurovision as “a new chapter”.
When she won X-Factor Bulgaria Zhana became an overnight celebrity. She left behind a totally different life, including a childhood spent in orphanages. But the pressure of fame and fortune proved too much:
“After I won the show I became the name on everyone’s lips. I was totally unprepared for that. It reflected on my personal life, my family, everything. Not in a good way. Things went backwards really fast, I lost my home and ended up sleeping in my car. I even became addicted to drugs.”
Fortunately, she was strong enough to seek help and conquer her demons:
“I was honest and admitted it because I felt like I was going nowhere but down. I was in a position where I was about to give up, but in life there’s always a solution to every problem, big or small and I’m grateful I found a solution to mine.”
Are you excited to see Equinox’s performance in London? Do you think Sacha-Jean Baptiste can help Bulgaria in their quest for Eurovision victory? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!