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.
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!