Last week we reported that Bulgarian National Television is considering three acts for Eurovision 2016: Poli Genova, Preslava, and the to-be-determined winner of X Factor Bulgaria (the favourite being twenty-five-year-old Christiana Loizou). When we learned that Preslava was in the mix our mouths dropped: She’s long been on our radar as a dream contestant for Bulgaria. In fact, our Bulgarian blogger Sinan named her our top pick for Eurovision way back in July 2014. Here’s what he wrote:
Petya Koleva Ivanova, best know by her stage name, Preslava, is one of Bulgaria’s foremost singers, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that she is the queen of both pop and folk. Ever since she released her debut album in 2004, she has dominated the Bulgarian music scene. She has released six albums, and in the process won countless awards, multiple times. Her award cabinet contains 11 Female Singer of the Year gongs, a Music Idol award and six Song of the Year titles. Surely it’s only a matter of time before she enters and wins Eurovision too.
Will Preslava sing at Eurovision 2016?
Now our fantasy may become a reality. When we were at Junior Eurovision in Bulgaria, there were hushed whispers that BNT may consider Miss Ivanova. Then sources close to BNT told us Preslava was on the shortlist. And now Bulgarian media has jumped on the bandwagon. Over the weekend, The Planeta Top 20 — a televised rundown of the Top 20 hits on Bulgarian music channel Planeta TV — made the unusual move of referencing Eurovision. It cited the eurovision-bg poll in which fans chose Preslava as their top pick to sing at Eurovision. You can watch the segment from 2:52 in the video below.
Interestingly, Payner — Prelsava’s record label — is also the corporation behind Planeta TV. It’s known Payner has deep pockets. It’s thought they are prepared to make cash-strapped BNT an offer they won’t be able to refuse to support Bulgaria’s participation in this year’s contest — so long as Preslava is the singer.
Poli Genova: Possible Eurovision return?
Naturally this seems to contradict Poli Genova’s strong suggestion that she is Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2016 contestant. Back in November, at Junior Eurovision, she told us she may be back “very soon”. When we pushed she made it clear she was talking about May 2016.
Who will it be? We’ll have to wait in see. But for now who do YOU want to sing for Bulgaria at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below.