Bulgaria’s BNT named its Junior Eurovision 2016 selection Detsata na Bulgariya sa Super (“The Children of Bulgaria Are Super”). But after two semi-finals and a lot of fantastic voices, one act proved to be just a little more super than the others. And that lucky act is a 10-year-old Lidiya Ganeva, who will represent the land of “chicken dance” fame at JESC 2016 in Malta.

SELECTION PROCESS

It’s been a long and bumpy road. Fourteen contestants competed in two jury-only semifinals, with only five of them making it to the live final of Detsata na Bulgariya sa Super on Saturday evening.

The winner was determined by a 50% televote – 50% jury vote combination. The show consisted of two rounds, in which five hopefuls performed two songs of their choice in Bulgarian and English. After each round, televoters and the jury had 15 minutes to choose their favourite. The results were then combined et voila.

WINNER’S SEMI-FINAL PERFORMANCE

Lidiya’s cover of “Rapsodia” (by Roberta)

“CHILDREN OF BULGARIA ARE SUPER” RESULTS

1st place – Lidiya Ganeva

2nd place – Dimitrina Germanova

3rd place – Preslava Petrova

4th place – Bon – Bon group

5th place – Simona Krasteva

As in recent years, Bulgaria will now work to create the perfect song for their candidate. This year’s song will reportedly be presented in late September.

With Junior Eurovision headed to Malta this November, Bulgaria will be hoping to repeat the magic it created on the Mediterranean island the last time around.

Back in 2014 when Malta last hosted, Bulgaria returned to the contest with Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim and finished as runner-up — even managing to win the televote.

After winning nation Italy declined to host JESC 2015, Bulgaria took up the opportunity and watched their contestants — the lovely Ivan and Gabriela — finish 9th on home soil with the song “Colour of Hope”.

Can lovely Lidiya outdo all who came before and snatch victory? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Graph
5 years ago

excellent performance! She reminds me of Lina from Slovenia last year. Looking forward to the song!

@Freyah

I agree it is wierd that the JESC format is suddenly getting shaken up, when the previous system seemed to be working really well. I thought the last two contests were outstanding. But, I think the new format will work out fine. based on early selections from Albania and now Bulgaria, we’re off to a good start.

MS
MS
5 years ago

Jp : Thank you, so waiting for the song, I hope it will be better than the one she sang.

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

I was pretty excited for the Bon group, but this girl is great too.

Glorious
Glorious
5 years ago

Looking forward to the song 🙂

Jp
Jp
5 years ago

MS, this is just a cover song, its not the song the she will sing in Malta, they will release that later.

MS
MS
5 years ago

I don’t agree with the new vote system ( only juries)

MS
MS
5 years ago

I think that if the schedule of eurovision junior has changed is surely because big 5 countries like Germany or France asked it.
Bulgaria’s song for me is a little boring.I don’t think this will win but let’s wait the others!

Freyah
Freyah
5 years ago

She’s great but JESC is dying and you can’t argue otherwise. It’s been moved out of a prime-time TV spot to an afternoon slot. They’ve completely removed Televote which is a big step backwards. No wonder Slovenia have withdrawn and I doubt they’ll be the last to withdraw. And they’d been making such progress, the show looking as good as the adult version, which makes it even more of a shame. How the venue this year will match when it looks like a school stage is beyond me. Oh well, here’s to the JESC because it’s looking rather bleak.

Katherine
Katherine
5 years ago

*know

Katherine
Katherine
5 years ago

@Ben Rafter
If you meant to say that the song is boring you should now that Lydia performed a cover and not the one she will be performing in jesc

Jamala
Jamala
5 years ago

Cool ! Can’t wait for the song to come out.
Bulgaria is doing very well the recent years 🙂

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

@Darren *Ahem* Keep Junior Eurovision alive!!

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

Honestly, a bit boring and not as good as Albania’s choice.

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

Decent choice Bulgaria, although it does annoy me that only 8 countries have so far announced participation, even the EBU’s love-child, Australia hasn’t announced anything. And the voting process changes too…hmm I think this might be the last JESC…or second last.

José Gutty
José Gutty
5 years ago

Good luck Bulgaria and Lydia! 🙂

Jp
Jp
5 years ago

Great singer! I just hope she won’t have to sing alone in Malta – in other words: we need badly more countries to the contest….

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

Ok. But remember, keep Junior Eurovision alive! 🙂