By now you’ve all heard the devastating news that Bulgaria doesn’t have the funds to return to Eurovision in 2015, despite the fact that the state broadcaster previously submitted a preliminary application. As we all come to terms with these reports, let’s reflect on why we love Bulgaria at Eurovision—and why we hope they reverse their decision and join us in Vienna.

1. Bulgaria gave the UK twelve points in 2011 and that like NEVER happens #loveyouunlimitedSophia.

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WAIT…WHAAAAAAAAA?

 

2. This Sofi Marinova .gif, forever and ever.

sofi marinova eurovision 2012 dance

 

3. We respect men who lather up in oil and glitter.

bulgaria miro oil 2010

 

4. And we love that Krassimir wasn’t afraid to put his backing dancers on stilts…

 

5. After proclaiming they were “Samo shampioni” (only champions) in 2013, we need them to prove it.

Elitsa Stoyan Bulgaria Eurovision 2013

 

6. We want Miro to demonstrate the art of seductive mouth and eye movement again.

bulgaria eurovision miro 2010 eyes

 

7. Sometimes when we’re thirsty, all we can think about is…

http://youtu.be/CPISaq047x4

 

8. We’re still mad that Poli didn’t make the final…

 

9. Because she seriously worked that runway…

poli genova bulgaria

 

10. And by the way: She had some great Eurovision publicity shots.

Bulgaria, Poli Genova, 1

 

11. We appreciate that Sofi Marinova taught us how to say “I Love You” in 32 languages.

sofi marinova dancing gif

 

12. Are we’re still annoyed she missed the final by losing a TIEBREAK to this:

tooji stay eurovision

 

13. Somtimes when we have nightmares, we hear Elitsa doing this…

Elitsa Todorova Eurovision GIF bulgaria

 

14. And we see her wearing this…

elitsa todorova headpiece eurovision

 

15. And how can we forget this?

Bulgaria caption contest

 

16. But we forgive her because we love all that drumming…

elitsa stoyan drums

 

17. And all this drumming…

elita stoyan voda drums water

 

18. Bulgarians are style icons. Sofi Marinova was the only contestant to wear animal print to a press conference in Baku.

Sofi marinova press conference

Why do YOU love Bulgaria at Eurovision? Let us know below!

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ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

People need to understand that Willy’s 18 reasons are a joke. He is just having some fun with Bulgaria. Normally I avoid the “XX Reasons why we like….” posts but I read this one because I like Willy & I like Bulgaria. I have loved their songs over the last 5 competitions; yes, the songs, without any reference to the staging. I listen to their songs regularly & enjoy them every time. For that reason, I disappointed to hear they won’t be performing in Vienna. Charles, you need to get some fun in your life. Your posts give the impression… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Charles: Trust me; I DO listen to the songs and rate them by what I HEAR, before I rate them by what I SEE on stage. As a matter of fact, were I in a position to vote in May, I would have given 12 to Carl Espen from Norway (and I picked him for #1, after hearing the studio version and seeing the video BEFORE the contest), 10 to András from Hungary (you do make a point when stage performances should not take priority over the song itself; but in this case, I had to make an exception because… Read more »

Ranting Ruby
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Ranting Ruby

COME BACK, BULGARIA! We love your thumping crazy Eastern European ethnic disco-flavoured post Soviet incomprehensibility! You are what ESC is all about!!!

Alex
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Alex

I personally love Bulgaria for the music, though. Regarding what everyone here is talking about with this supposed staging-music dichotomy (as though anyone actually watched ESC on mute), Bulgaria was said to have been screwed over in 2012 for Sofi actually making the performance only about music, with no dancers on stage or any other fancy planning. I really did enjoy Sofi’s song, voice, and simple staging, even if the very start of the performance was out of tune (which nobody really commented on anyways). Did anyone notice that Bulgaria’s on-stage drums got picked up by the microphones in 2007?… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

@CookyMonzta: What exactly do you want to LISTEN TO in Eurovision? For a moment you made it look like it’s not a music contest but … a project runway finale episode with the Fashion Week going on … And yes, quite frankly, you did miss a lot from my comment .. but don’t bother. You have a party to attend and a lot of beer to drink … Have fun! @Bledar Leka: You can jump like a monkey on stage, simulate a sex scene with your dancers, you can ask your grandmother to bake a cake on stage too, whatever… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

@Charles you talk about people about having their opinion but you then go on to make our opinions look wrong, because I would like to see Bulgaria in 2015.

I also love the gif of Sophia.

And judge all you want but I have a feeling a country may début or a surprise return…

Johnny Rapid
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Johnny Rapid

Ok,If Bulgaria comes back in 2016 they need to comeback with AZIS! LOVE HIM TO DEATH me and my friends before going clubbing put always some azis to get the PARTY STARTED
Greeting from Portugal

Bledar Leka
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Bledar Leka

Charles, if you don’t like the performances you know that they do radio broadcasts of esc right?

Platinum
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Platinum

Timselvision, you are right. I will tell you a secret. We should win ESC in 2007 but we didn’t and do you know why? After the semifinal in 2007 the director of ESC called our president by that time Georgi Parvanov and asked him if Bulgaria wins ESC is there a hall in Bulgaria with capacity of at least 20 000 people and our president said we don’t have such a big hall. That is why we didn’t win in 2007 ESC, because we couldn’t be hosts the next year 2008 becuse we didn’t have such a hall. But from… Read more »

KeeKee
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KeeKee

Wow, I always knew it that the Bulgarian participations were really poor and kitschy, but never realized they were so unnoticed and dull. This article sucks big time, really, if these are the 18 reasons.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Charles: Party pooper! What exactly DO you want to see at ESC? Or did I miss something in your commentary?

Charles
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Charles

Having more countries 38 or 39 or 40 or 100 may be fun for all of you, but one has to be incredibly naïve to believe that the more countries in, bigger are the chances of having even better songs … that has never happened before and it’s not going to happen now regardless whatever is number of countries taking part … Instead of being so upbeat and excited like a kid for a candy with the number of countries, maybe each one of us here should be more looking forward to the songs coming on … we can either… Read more »

JPSuisse
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JPSuisse

NOOOOOOOO!!! Bulgaria along with Moldova put the fun into the contest!!!!! I will happily send the money to Sofia so that they can participate! Please please change your mind Bulgaria! I want 40!!!!!!

emma
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emma

AZIS ????????????????????????????

:((((

Nikos
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Nikos

I was really expecting to hear something amazing from them in Vienna after we heard their JESC song. Hopefully they can make something happen to be in Vienna after all.

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Bulgaria has always great and epic entries in my opinion, I seriously love them xD They even should´ve won in 2007 imo 😛

Deniz@TurkNL
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Jr esc nl

yes that was exactly what I meant!
Dutch power haha

Deniz@TurkNL
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Hey Charles,
I actually think that if there are many participants, there is more change for quality songs.

It is not just because there are more countries that the songs will be worse.

I am sorry, In this post I had a blackout with my English .. 😉

grandprixfire
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I love Bulgaria in Eurovision because I’d like to see AZIS on stage for Bulgaria at Eurovision… ;’D

beccaboo1212
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🙁

Mark
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Mark

Why why why? They cheesed us by preliminary confirmation.. That means we are probably going to have only 39 participants in diamond anniversary of the contest which is a shame…

D
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D

They said they will consider working with a private broadcaster like in JESC, after Junior Eurovision this year, so we never know they might reverse their decision.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

charles but more countries does mean more chance on more quality songs

Alex
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Alex

Lovely Bulgaria! They were robbed in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

But they need to polish their performances on stage.

Maya G
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Maya G

After 2 years in a row of being able to qualify to the final with the public vote but missing the final because of the judges vote bringing them down (2012-2013) I really can’t blame them for staying out as long as the current system is still implemented.

Charles
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Charles

@[email protected]: Quantity is not the same as quality …unless of course you wouldn’t mind having 40 awful songs in the competition … Imagine just that!

Charles
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Charles

@Jamaraqueer: We’ve grown both with different Eurovisions and what you seek and love in it … it’s your choice, what I seek and feel the desire to know requires only my ears … and it’s been like that since I was a kid fascinated by the Eurovision I began following in the early 80s … You just cannot be so Kardashian to the point of honestly believing we all here love Eurovision for the same reasons, being those all the crap you’ve bothered to list … If you’re not into it due to the music (as well), I ask myself… Read more »

Deniz@TurkNL
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Number 19 #
That brings the participating number to 38 and that sucks, because we wanted 40 :/

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

Charles, Eurovision is a TV spectacular! It’s not just a song contest. Can you honestly tell me you don’t enjoy ESC staging, Moldova’s antics, the wind machines, etc? Don’t be so narrow. You’ll miss a lot…

Charles
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Charles

This is too Project Runway for my taste … having said that, all these reasons clearly just make me have no interest on what Bulgaria has to offer musicallywise … if they can’t afford to come, fine no big deal … see you another year. Music please?