Eurovision 2017 bulgaria gery nikol preslava

Last year Bulgaria’s BNT watched Poli Genova achieve fourth place in the grand final — the country’s best-ever finish at Eurovision.

And on Thursday the broadcaster made it clear they are hungry for another success, as they called on record labels and producers to submit bids for Eurovision 2017.

The broadcaster made the announcement on their official Eurovision BG Twitter page.

The emphasis on producers and labels suggests they are not looking for an upstart, but rather an established act with the experience — and the team — to make the final at Eurovision and climb the leaderboard. The inclusion of a draft budget and a ‘partial funding’ requirement shows the seriousness of intent that applicants must demonstrate. BNT isn’t able to fund the project solely on its own, and it wants a label and producer willing and able to fill in any shortfall.

Furthermore, producers submitting bids must have achieved a certain level of success and popularity within the past two years. No-names need not apply!

As for artists, BNT wants to keep it local and will require applicants to hold Bulgarian passports. Experience is a must (and a given).

BNT also added:

Two names immediately spring to mind.

The first is Gery-Nikol, who recently stated that she’s likely to say ‘yes’ if offered the chance to sing at Eurovision.

On December 6 she released the music video for her latest single “Gotina & Luda” and it clocked 2.1 million views in just eight days.

The heavy R&B track oozes that on-trend Rihanna vibe with plenty of bass, electro backing and, most of all, that Ri-Ri swagger!

Gery-Nikol loves to perform — and she knows how to shake everything that God gave her. And he gave her a lot. She pops and locks and drops to great effect, showing confidence far beyond her 18 years.

Bulgaria’s BNT seemed intrigued by our suggestion she sing at Eurovision, tweeting our above video and writing:

Ahead of Eurovision 2016, Preslava was perhaps the biggest name besides Poli Genova rumoured to be in consideration for Eurovision.

In the weeks ahead of Bulgaria’s reveal, Preslava — the undisputed queen of Bulgarian pop-folk — unveiled her first English-only single “In Control”. The collaboration with Stefan Ilchev clocked in at 3:36 and could easily have been cut down to three minutes.

Interestingly, one of the composers is DJ Diyan — who represented Bulgaria at Eurovision as part of Deep Zone. In 2015 he told us that he may be working on a Eurovision collaboration, which fuelled speculation even further.

In any event, who do YOU want to see submit a bid to Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2017 internal selection? Do you think that Gery-Nikol or Preslava would be strong candidates? Let us know in the comments box below.

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cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I love how seriously they take this (at this early stage already).

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

@Pollaski: Cause the Eurovision Song Contest is clearly ALL about the way you dress and how you visually present yourself … right … should we call it Eurovision Instagram-like-my-body-to-fill-in-my-ego Contest? Music would be totally irrelevant for the situation … It would certaintly be a dream come true for some people …

Pollaski
Pollaski
4 years ago

They should put out a call for costume designers to avoid looking like Tron rejects again.

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

Does anybody know how these proposals should look like ?
Are CDs with recorded music, or sheets with musical notes ?
I guess many ESC artists don’t know how to read musical notes and it is fine, but I just wonder how these proposals are presented.

Krzysztof Poland
Krzysztof Poland
4 years ago

No, Azis MUST be the entrant for 2017.

matilda teodora
matilda teodora
4 years ago

geri kol sounds like another Margaret ( another Rihanna wannabe), Bulgaria could chose better

khm
khm
4 years ago

Geri Nikol doesn’t know how to sing live.

Vitor
Vitor
4 years ago

Andrea or Preslava for the best choice.
Andrea – Besame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUC0NxR22Yk

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

So everybody is expecting the next Bulgarian Rihanna or Lady Gaga-pre-Joanna wannabe to be in Eurovision … why am I not surprised? Again we have names but no song yet to cast judgement upon … it all feels like Instagraming or tweeting about the colour of someone’s dress while cocking dinner needs to happen every 5 seconds or the world collapses … cause nobody can’t stand waiting for what really matters here.

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Two (2) words: Gery Nikol! 😀

Marcus (day one)
Marcus (day one)
4 years ago

BNT have shown what a broadcaster can do with a very limited budget. Unlike other broadcasters that just call for songs and have a vague description of what they want. (songs that tell a story or with meaning) BNT is basically calling for a finished package which is what other cash strapped broadcasters should do. Greece, Portugal and the big 5 should take note that this is how you do either a cost effective selection, an internal selection or how to avoid armatures that barely know what eurovision is and have got no really musical talent (or a record deal)… Read more »

A bulgarian teen
A bulgarian teen
4 years ago

Kristian Kostov is half-Bulgarian, half-Russian and he chose to start his career in Bulgaria. He’s signed up with the bulgarian music company Virginia Records, so he can take part as a bulgarian representative. His father is bulgarian and Kristian feels bulgarian too.

ringo bg
ringo bg
4 years ago

Ok…. I don`t think Geri-Nikol will do well. She seems more scandalous than anything. I have my doubts that she will make a good live show. More over she is popular with young audience and is generally ignored by ~30+ people. As for Preslava – maybe if she manage to balance pop folk and modern pop with English lyrics it will work however that`s not simple task. If she goes she will need to level up her game in order even to qualify for the final. From the Bulgarian artists I would pin some hope for Grafa – he was… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Gery-Nikol MUST be the entrant for 2017.

filip93
filip93
4 years ago

Would be interesting to see Kristian Kostov at Eurovision. Or why not Ruth Koleva?

But with these requirements there is clearly no possibility for Preslava to participate, or any other artist of Payner. The music company is not registered as a PROPHON member, and yet this is one of the obligatories stated in the announcement.

A bulgarian teen
A bulgarian teen
4 years ago

Well, as a Bulgarian, I have two favourite young artists to represent us – Victoria Georgieva – a 19 year old with amazing vocals (I suggest you watch her cover of Adele’s Hello on X factor and all of her covers actually. She sings everything perfectly)
– Kristian Kostov – a 16 year old who puts his heart and soul in everything he sings and sings it as a professional. No wonder one of the x factor judges gave him the nickname “the singing heart”. I suggest you watch his covers of Take Me To Church, Pozovi Menya, Nevidim.