Bulgaria’s state broadcaster BNT has announced that it will not field at contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Perhaps officials are still paying off the bill from 2010, when Miro rubbed buckets of oil all over his back-up dancers.
An official statement read as follows.
National Television will not take part in Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Motivated by the desire to promote Bulgarian music and Bulgarian artists, BNT has sent participants to the prestigious competition for 9 years. In order to participate, BNT is obliged to pay a licence fee, which has gone up by a 100 percent this year, compared to 2005 – the first year of participation. BNT also has additional expenses for the national selection of participants and the presentation of the Bulgarian song to the European public, as well as for all services and special effects during the show. Given the cost of this project and pending budget cuts next year, BNT has decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest as a first step in the financial constraints the television will have to take.
Booooooo. That makes us sad. But we completely understand the broadcaster’s decision during these tough times. As we reported back in June, electricity prices have risen more quickly than the average Bulgarian salary. Given those conditions, spending taxpayer money on the likes of Sofi Marinova and Elitsa & Stoyan does seem rather wasteful. We are seriously upset, but hope to see Bulgaria at Eurovision again soon.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)