They’re the European nation that staged one of the most successful turnarounds at Eurovision ever, moving from six straight non-qualifications and two years of non-participation to back-to-back Top 4 finishes.
And while Bulgaria left our beloved song contest following the 2018 contest, there’s now hope they may soon get back in the game.
That’s after Bulgaria’s official Twitter account — ever the source of speculation and intrigue — revealed that a decision on a possible return will be made by the end of September.
Decision about #Eurovision 2020 is still pending and is expected to be communicated until the end of September.
— BNT Eurovision Bulgaria ?? (@bg_eurovision) August 8, 2019
Naturally Eurofans were shocked when Bulgaria announced that they would skip Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv because of financial difficulties — even if it wasn’t their first hiatus.
After years of setbacks, the Bulgarian broadcaster decided not to send a candidate to Copenhagen in 2014. They skipped Vienna a year later too.
But then came the glory years. In 2016 the country returned with Poli Genova — its 2011 act who had been eliminated in the semis. Her song “If Love Was A Crime performed extremely well: it received 307 points and finished in fourth place in the final. This was Bulgaria’s highest final ranking ever, a record that was immediately improved on a year later when 17-year-old Kristian Kostov sang “Beautiful Mess”. Kostov won his semi-final and finished second in the grand final. In 2018, Equinox also made it to the final with “Bones”, generating a lot of buzz before ending up in 14th place.
But after three very successful years, and a change of priorities among BNT’s new leadership, Bulgaria announced it wouldn’t participate in Eurovision 2019 in Israel. The broadcaster put it down to financial priorities, like the increased costs for foreign productions, buying more rights to sporting events, increasing the salaries of employees at BNT and purchasing major film packages and programmes.
Apparently the broadcaster had amassed a debt of 50 million Lev, or about 25 million euros. Given all of that, if Bulgaria does return to Eurovision it is likely that the financial onus would fall heavily on its act, their record label and private support.
Are you excited for the comeback of Bulgaria? What is your favorite Bulgarian entry ever?
The broadcaster has previously indicated they would again use internal selection instead of a national final to select their entry.
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