Thank you, Bulgaria! After months of speculation and false starts, state broadcaster BNT and the EBU have finally confirmed that Poli Genova will sing at Eurovision 2016. The Eurovision 2011 alum and Junior Eurovision 2015 host was chosen over the likes of Preslava to represent Bulgaria on their return.
Watch: Reaction to Poli Genova at Eurovision 2016
We don’t have any information yet on what song Poli will be singing, although it was previously confirmed to not be her song from JESC 2015, “Where Is My Dress“. BNT’s head of delegation believes that Poli’s role in hosting Junior Eurovision and the good will from Bulgaria stepping in on that show will help them this year. Let’s hope so!
Poli Genova interview at Junior Eurovision 2015
For Poli and her many adoring fans, this second turn at Eurovision is a chance to right what many consider a major wrong. Poli, of course, was eliminated in the semi-finals of Eurovision 2011 in Düsseldorf. Her song “Na Inat” has regularly featured in “most robbed” lists across social media and regularly appears on the year-end Eurovision Top 250 list. Here’s hoping that she produces something just as good this year.
The odds will be stacked against Poli, though. Bulgaria are returning to the contest for the first time since Elitsa and Stoyan failed to qualify in 2013. In fact, the country has only ever been to the final once in their entire history, back in 2007 (oddly enough with Elitsa and Stoyan). There is hope, however. In the past two years BNT has partnered with private channel BTV at Junior Eurovision, securing a second- and ninth-place finish for Bulgaria. Hopefully the collaboration between the private and public sectors will continue to thrive.