Is Bulgaria in or out? For the past two months the Junior Eurovision 2015 host country has been teasing us with suggestions of both participating in and withdrawing from Eurovision 2016. What’s going on?
Back in September, the official Eurovision Bulgaria Twitter account posted a tweet, which it subsequently deleted, saying: “#Eurovision’16: Final confirmation to be given on a later date (until Oct, 10th). For now: Hallå Sverige! :)”
Exciting news! Though the consensus seemed to be that Bulgaria would hold off until after Junior Eurovision before confirming their return to Eurovision.
Then last week, Team Wiwi caught up with JESC host Poli Genova, who hinted very strongly that she and Bulgaria would be returning “very soon”. Poli also dropped even more hints at a JESC press conference, leading some to wonder if she’d already booked a hotel in Stockholm.
We’ve also been hearing that the legendary Bulgarian singer Lilli Ivanova is seriously being considered as an internal candidate.
But on the flipside, Bulgarian Head of Delegation Joana Levieva-Sawyer told fan media that Bulgaria was not on the list for 2016, citing continuing budgetary concerns.
The deadline is already gone. We’ve said we’re not taking part. If, however, Junior Eurovision helps us gather some budget from advertising and stuff, we may consider it and we may check if we could enter. But I’m not sure it will be possible because the deadline has already passed.
Eurovision Bulgaria confirmed the news with this tweet:
— Eurovision Bulgaria (@bg_eurovision) November 19, 2015
But then a few days later, the outlook became more positive.
Then yesterday, Eurovision Bulgaria posted this tweet, which has since been deleted:
Wonderful Kaliopi set to represent #Macedonia once again at #Eurovision. But will be this the only one returning artist? 🙂
The situation was later clarified:
#Eurovision discussions underway. We hope to solve the problems quite soon, but at this stage can’t tell you any good news.
— Eurovision Bulgaria (@bg_eurovision) November 24, 2015
So it very much seems that Bulgaria are still in the midst of talks, no doubt trying to lock down some sponsorship to allow them to return to Eurovision for the first time since 2013. And if they do manage to make a return, it seems that Poli Genova will also be making a comeback.
Would you like to see Bulgaria return to Eurovision? Is Poli Genova the right artist? Does Bulgaria just need to hurry up and make a decision? Share your thoughts below.