Back on February 19, BNT, Bulgaria’s state broadcaster, confirmed that their 2011 Eurovision entrant and 2015 Junior Eurovision host Poli Genova would return to the Eurovision stage in Stockholm. After weeks of teasing us, they have finally revealed that Poli will sing the song “If Love Was a Crime”.
Poli’s official website has said that “If Love Was a Crime” (#ILWAC) is a “truly international effort”, involving several composers and writers such as Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman and Joachim Bo Persson. They are all involved in a collaboration known as “Symphonics International” and have worked with some huge pop artists including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Shakira. Wow!
Poli described the song in a statement on her website:
“The song is powerful, engaging and casts the one and only universal message – love is above all other circumstances. Love is something we discover everywhere around us and it is a feeling that is an essential part of us. It brings us energy and faith. And we feel exactly the same way, because we know love is what makes us unstoppable. We want this message to reach everyone in this world.”
While not made explicit, the song seems to have a pro-LGBT slant. “Unstoppable” surely hints at Conchita’s famous Eurovision winner’s speech, while “crime” may refer to the ongoing criminalisation of homosexuality in some parts of the world.
The European Broadcasting Union have confirmed that they have extended the deadline for the Bulgarian delegation to present their song and video, giving them until March 20. But until then we can bask in the glory of Poli’s Eurovision 2011 performance.
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