As reported earlier today, days of speculation are now over and the axe has finally fallen. Bulgaria’s broadcaster BNT has officially confirmed that the country is withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest over financial difficulties.
But this is not the end of the story. Rather than just crying out “Why?” our friends at eurovision-bulgaria and from OGAE Bulgaria are taking action and spearheading a fan movement intended to fight BNT’s decision. They’ve now launched a petition urging BNT to reconsider.
The petition is being shared with the hashtag #TheyWillNeverBreakUsDown. Within a few hours the petition has already gathered more than one thousand signatures. But more are needed to make an impact.
You can sign the Eurovision Bulgaria petition at Change.org.
The petition was published at Change.org — aka “the world’s platform for change” — and it is addressed to the Governing Council of Bulgarian National Television.
The full text of the petition is as follows:
“The Bulgarian National Television has officially announced that it withdraws from Eurovision 2019. We, the team behind Eurovision-Bulgaria.com, do not agree with this decision and we address all Eurovision fans to sign our petition.”
“Withdrawing means not letting a whole country show its culture, talent and uniqueness in front of 200 million people. Also, at such a late stage it ruins the image of Bulgaria and Bulgarian National Television as a whole.”
“Currently the annual poll ‘Who Would You Like to Represent Bulgaria at Eurovison’ at our website’s platforms once again attracts the attention of both fans and artists. Some hesitation and dissent should not be stopping Bulgaria’s musical progress. Our representatives have always trusted the Bulgarian National Television — therefore the broadcaster must respect them, the fans and the partners it has relied on.”
“We remind you of the ‘Conception for BNT’s development as a public media’ by Konstantin Kamenarov, which he included at his audition for the position of general director of the broadcaster.”
“In the last few years BNT managed to impose Eurovision as a significant show for Bulgaria with a strong public reaction. It ‘put forward’ competitive Bulgarian faces, who created a positive image for Bulgaria and received strong support within the country and abroad. Eurovision became an emblematic show for BNT and brought positives in its placement as a public media.”
“We demand the Board of the Bulgarian National Television keep their promise and take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.”
We at wiwibloggs hope that all Bulgarians — and indeed international fans — will sign the petition as a sign of solidarity. At the very least it will remind BNT’s directors that the decision isn’t going down well.
What do you think? Did you sign? Do you think Bulgaria will reverse its decision? Let us know down below!