When Bulgaria announced that Elitsa & Stoyan would sing “Kismet” at ESC, our Bulgarian correspondent Xander said “Hell to the no!” and suggested that BNT would eventually replace it. Looks like he was right.
Here’s a quick re-cap. Elitsa & Stoyan performed three songs at the national final—”Kismet”, “Samo Shampioni” and “Dzupai Libe Boso”. All of them mixed Bulgarian folk, tribal-sounding drums and electronic samples. Both the jury and the televoters ranked “Dzupai Libe Boso” last. Good thing: It was a three-minute train wreck that included rappers.
The jury and the public couldn’t, however, agree on which song was best. The jury went for “Samo Shampioni”, while the public went for “Kismet”. Ties are decided by the public vote, hence “Kismet” got the victory.
Xander, our U.S.-based Bulgaria correspondent, described “Kismet” like this:
Another weak choice for Bulgaria. The song starts out like a warm-up session for a Bulgarian folk-singing class, because nothing happens in the first half except Elitsa and her backing vocals singing long, drawn-out notes. Things pick up in the second-half, but the incredibly boring first-half ruins the whole thing for me.
And he quickly found that he wasn’t alone. Here’s what he found on Eurovision fan sites in Bulgaria:
I just read on Bulgarian discussion boards that pretty much no Eurovision fans in Bulgaria voted for “Kismet”, so there’s now this question going around: Was the vote manipulated somehow? I think some Bulgarian Eurovision fans are going to request BNT to conduct an internal investigation. These are rumors/conspiracy theories for now, but just like with Belarus last year, voter fraud is possible and something may come out of the outcry….”Kismet” means “luck”, and I personally think this song is going to need A LOT of luck to qualify in Malmo!”
Even better than luck is a new song entirely. Here’s “Samo Shampioni”. What do you think? Do you think the fact that FYR Macedonia decided to change their song gave Bulgaria the confidence to do the same?