They were in, then they were out, but now Bulgaria has confirmed that it will indeed be returning to Eurovision in 2016. Eurovision.tv broke the news this morning.

The JESC 2015 host country last competed in Eurovision 2013 when Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov performed the drum-tastic “Samo shampioni”. However, broadcaster BNT did not return the following year, citing the participation fee and station budget cuts as why they were unable to return.

But in 2014 they returned to Junior Eurovision, where Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim placed second with “Planet of the Children”. This led to Bulgaria winning the bid to host the 2015 competition. And at JESC 2015, all Eurovision media in Sofia wanted to know one thing: would Bulgaria come back to Eurovision?

In September the broadcaster indicated that it had made a preliminary application, however this was stalled when BNT announced that it had not yet secured the necessary sponsorship to cover entry costs.

Meanwhile, JESC host Poli Genova — who previously represented Bulgaria at ESC 2011 — was dropping very strong hints that she’d be the Bulgarian representative in Stockholm.

And then over the past week, we’ve seen a series of conflicting posts, with reports that BNT were still having budget issues, but other reports suggested that talks were still progressing at the national broadcaster. And now – they’ve finally done it. Bulgaria will be back!

Read more of our Bulgaria Eurovision news here

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Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Poli or Mihaela Marinova!

Thiefo
5 years ago

Awesome! Now we only need confirmation that Poli will represent them! C’mon!

Österrike
Österrike
5 years ago

Poor Croatia article, written but never published. RIP

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  Österrike

@Österrike Croatia is country #43… you’ll find that there’s a whole article dedicated to it http://wiwibloggs.com/2015/11/26/eurovision-2016-43-countries-participate-stockholm/108566/

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

I stand corrected (Portugal, Turkey and Slovakia must be feeling pretty foolish right now)
why are all the balkan countries suddenly coming back to the contest?

#LoveUnlimited
#LoveUnlimited
5 years ago

Great to see one of my favourite countries coming back. Samo Shampioni.

ADN
ADN
5 years ago

Bulgaria and Croatia were confirmed at the exact same time, why no Croatia mention?

martin
martin
5 years ago
Raash
Raash
5 years ago

I’ve just heard that croatia would return too