For weeks they’ve been teasing Eurovision fans with details of their 2018 internal selection, which includes song titles like “Two Hearts Collide”, “Cold as Ice” and “Bones”.

And on Tuesday Bulgaria’s BNT officially invited members of the public to apply to sit on their jury panel as they assess the various candidates.

All you have to do is reply to their Tweet, pasted above, explaining why you should help them sift through their various submissions, which are known to include returning and international artists.

They want you to be “creative”, so a laundry list of your musical credentials doesn’t seem like it will do. Mix your skills with a bit of humour and you may earn a sneak peek of the entries still in the race.

Within five hours of posting their initial message, BNT had received more than 160 comments, with fans from Belgium, Israel, Turkey and the United Kingdom among those hoping to earn one of the spots.

This post from British fan Sasha made us smile.

BNT has, in recent years, sampled a variety of music professionals, journalists, bloggers and enthusiasts prior to making its final decision. While they will, no doubt, make their decision behind closed doors as always, they will, once again, draw on input from a broad cross-section of people, rather than just relying on folks inside their broadcaster.

It’s a strategy with plenty of merit — and one that has taken them close to the top two years running. And now they’re casting the net even wider.

How will it work?

Shortly after their announcement, BNT explained how the jury panel will factor into their selection process. You can read about the full process here.

But, in short, these are the groups that will rate the various songs:

Pool A: Music professionals, producers, TV experts, marketing managers
Pool B: Journalists, press members, betting experts
Pool C: Bulgarian jury
Pool D: Popular group – a mix between casual viewers and devoted fans in a proportion representing approximately the viewing structure of Eurovision Song Contest.

Every individual will rate songs individually via an online platform. Not all groups are created equal, and certain people in certain pools will carry more weight.

“After we examine all the data and the feedback provided by the members, we will prepare a thorough report about the whole process which will serve as a tool to help the internal selection and the final decision.”

Which Twitter responses have stood out to you thus far? 

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Joe
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Joe

I applied. I think I mentioned being able to sing “Hold Me Now” in the voice of Donald Duck.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That’s quacking brilliant.
Or, it could be quackers. 🙂

Filippo
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Filippo

I applied!i hope that they will choose me so hard?

Maclaren
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Maclaren

S

DarkpassionPlay
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DarkpassionPlay

You know i love how my country takes this contest seriously , if we win , we could boost our tourism for the next year , imagine how much more Russians will come to Sunny Beach , it would be great! Cant wait for it! ….. Im kidding , we allready have tons of russians here that holds our media by the balls 🙁

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I’m not on Twitter any more. (Too much cyber-bullying, and not enough legal oversight.)
But I have a feeling someone at BNT is reading my comments here and in other places anyhow. People are getting wiser.

Pablo Nava
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What is there to lose? 😛
Threw my hat in.

Joanne NL
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Joanne NL

It’s interesting to see how many people signed already for this, considering how small and irrelevant is Bulgaria.

Robyn Gallagher
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Bulgaria irrelevant?! 😀 They came second last year and fourth the year before. Bulgaria is a power player of modern Eurovision.

Silly Liam
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Silly Liam

When you get a spot for the jury panel, then you have to go Bulgaria? Or BNT will give you the possibility to take your decision on a website?

Tihomir
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Tihomir

Hahah Dont worry.. you dont have to go to Bulgaria, except if you want to go of course . There is going to be special online platform for the voting. There is detailed information on BNT ESC website and on Tweeter 🙂

Brasil
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Brasil

#Sofia2018

Eleonor
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Eleonor

Ok… things are getting a little bit crazy there…. already 230 have applied ??!?!?
Bulgaria is sending great songs recently both on ESC and JESC. I wonder what they are bringing next in the game. I also apply, because I want to hear all 13 songs. Hope Gery-Nikol is there 🙂

Aaran Surendran
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Aaran Surendran

Thanks for telling us about this Wiwibloggs. I gave a shoutout to you in my application, really hoping I’ll get picked. 🙂

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Too bad I don’t have Twuitter, I would apply. BNT please post this on Instagram too 🙁

Mario(o)Vision
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Mario(o)Vision

Oh thats great! 🙂
I applied to be in the jury panel!
Hopefully they will pick ME! 😀