In recent years, while Bulgaria has selected their Eurovision act internally, they’ve made an effort to generate some buzz and involve fans in the process. This year, however, broadcaster BNT says they won’t reveal anything until the selected song is presented.
The news was confirmed by BNT on Twitter, in response to a query from a Eurovision blogger. He asked the broadcaster, “When should we expect to hear more news about the Bulgarian entry? Any teasers? Are entry confirmations open yet – maybe you’re returning to a national final?”
A lot of questions were asked, but only one brief answer was given from the broadcaster: “No details will be published this year until the song presentation/selection.”
No details will be published this year until the song presentation / selection.
— BNT Eurovision Bulgaria ?? (@bg_eurovision) September 1, 2018
This is a big change for Bulgaria from recent years, where the broadcaster dropped hints and even let fans have their say in a song assessment jury.
The tweet also confirms that Bulgaria will again use internal selection and not return to using a national final to select their entry for 2019. Speculation around a national final was reignited earlier in the year when HoD Joana Levieva-Sawyer told an interviewer, “We would love to do a national final and we are slowly getting there”.
No more fan jury
In the past, BNT has been a lot more open with their internal selection process. In 2017, the broadcaster dropped hints about the six shortlisted songs it was considering for Kyiv. The songs were internally assessed by an international focus group, who overwhelmingly were in favour of Kristian Kostov’s entry “Beautiful Mess”.
However, this was not without drama, as some fan jury members broke the confidentiality agreement and discussed the entries on social media. The internal selection process was also dominated by speculation that Loreen was the singer on one of the entries, which proved to be untrue.
The broadcaster was also criticised for overhyping the 2018 entry and selection process, which led to many fans feeling disappointed when “Bones” was finally released to the public.
But it appears all this is off the table for 2019. BNT is putting themselves on mute. It seems the first fans will hear of the Bulgarian selection for Eurovision 2019 is when the confirmed entry is finally revealed to the public.
While BNT has not said when their act for Eurovision 2019 will be announced, it is likely that Bulgaria will again wait until March before presenting the selected song and artist.
What do you think? Is BNT wise to keep their internal selection process private? Who would you like to see represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2019? Leave your comments below!