Bulgaria was sorely missed when they withdrew from Eurovision 2019. But now fans have a reason to rejoice. Bulgarian broadcaster BNT has confirmed that Bulgaria WILL return to Eurovision 2020. The return reportedly comes after BNT inked a sponsorship deal with a third party who will pick up the cost of participation.

The return was confirmed by BNT’s hype-loving twitter account. They wrote, “We are delighted to announce that Bulgaria is set to take part at #Eurovision 2020.” And promised more details would be released soon.

News of the return was first reported today by the tabloid newspaper 24 Chasa. While in previous years BNT has entered into a financial partnership with the competing artist and their record label, this time the broadcaster won’t be picking up any of the tab.

24 Chasa reports that the sponsor won’t just pay for BNT’s participation fee but all associated costs, such as the production of the song and music video, staging and even costs for taking the Bulgarian Eurovision team to Rotterdam.

While the amount has not been specified, the newspaper estimates it as being between 400,000 and 500,000 levs (204,000 to 255,000 euros). The identity of the sponsor had not been revealed, but 24 Chasa claims details will soon be revealed in a press conference.

The newspaper also claims that Team Bulgaria will be working with a successful British production company. The company is reported to have previously worked with Beyoncé and “other star performers”. The company is said to be headed by a man who has been the subject of a BBC documentary.

BNT’s director-general Emil Koshlukov told 24 Chasa, “Many people have money, but few invest in culture. Therefore I am grateful to the sponsor that he will make it possible for BNT. This is not money thrown into the wind. Bulgaria has had a strong performance in Eurovision, so it is worth continuing this trend, and why not pursue global production activity?”

Bulgaria’s beautiful mess at Eurovision

Bulgaria debut at Eurovision in 2005, but for the first nine years of its participation, it only qualified for the grand final once.

After a two-year break, Bulgaria returned in 2016 while a whole different attitude. The broadcaster partnered with artists and entered quality entries that fast became fan favourites. From 2016 to 2018, all three of their entries qualified for the grand final, with Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess” earning a second-place finish in Kyiv.

However, in 2018, after initially confirming for Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT later withdrew. The broadcaster had been troubled with debut issues and its managing board had been replaced earlier this year.

What do you think? Are you excited for Bulgaria to return to Eurovision 2020? Which artist would you like to see on stage on Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Bart
Bart
1 year ago

Well I hope that fail miserably, because their atitude in 2017 was dispicable.

Loin dici
1 year ago

BNT will announce the performer on 25th November and I’m THRILLED.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 year ago

I’m so happy! Great news from Bulgaria!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Now lets see which MF reject song they will pick up..

Bart
Bart
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

And paying good money for it. And money that God knows where it comes from…

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Great news! Welcome back, Bulgaria! 🙂

bastian
bastian
1 year ago

Let’s see if they have learned from their 2018 failure…. Welcome back!

Viktor
Viktor
1 year ago
Reply to  bastian

14 place in 2018 is not a failure. … what to say about the other 28 countries behind?! Equinox were very good! Staging was a little bit of a let down and possibly the reason for loosing a top5 spot

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Viktor

I mean, they were hyped to be a winner and then missed top 10. If you expected them to be “contender”, then its quite a faillure. This would be great place for someone who have been hidding in shadows. Like Albania that year

Natalie
Natalie
1 year ago

I screamed when I found out

Eurofangr
Eurofangr
1 year ago

Yas my favorite esc country? supoorted them every year from 2016?

Kirby
Kirby
1 year ago

Awesome! Hey, EBU: Now please go for Kazakhstan!!!

Žutokljunac
Žutokljunac
1 year ago

Welcome back Bulgaria 🙂
I hope to see Bulgaria winning soon, because they were the real winner in 2017, but sadly not the official winner.

Bart
Bart
1 year ago
Reply to  Žutokljunac

No! The real winner was Portugal by a landslide for both jury and public vote. Try harder next time.

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
1 year ago

Obviously it’s good that Bulgaria will return but at the same time I was surprised this happened not only because of BNT’s financial problems but also because they had recently deleted their Eurovision twitter account (which was later restored). I wonder whether the timing of the announcement of Bulgaria’s return had something to do with the recent news of Hungary’s withdrawal.

Vik
Vik
1 year ago
Reply to  Gorilla716

Bulgaria’s return has no connection to Hungary withdraw

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
1 year ago

Hopefully a “third party” with lots of money can help pay for Bosnia to return just like Bulgaria.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Gorilla716

I wonder how Luxemburg and Bosnia cant find a sponsor but Bulgaria can. Do they even try?

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Probably not. We all heard everywhere that Bulgaria is out due to financial problems (like that’s the reason). I’ve never heard that other countries don’t tak?e part in ESC due to financial issues. Maybe they dont want to, like Slovakia.

Marcelo
Marcelo
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

It’s strange in the case of Bosnia, they often said that returning to the contest was or is their primary goal but still have the debts with the EBU which is probably more complex than the situation of Bulgaria. Still, I don’t see why they don’t go out looking for sponsors to participate if they really want to, plus I remember Ralph Siegel once offered BHRT to sponsor their participation if they let one of his songs represent Bosnia and they declined. So, the idea of a third party covering Bosnia’s participation isn’t really that out of the picture. Hopefully… Read more »

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
1 year ago

Yay! Can’t wait for the broadcaster’s messy tweets!

Yodenman
Yodenman
1 year ago

The more the merrier. I want Eurovision to last as long as possible, so bring it on.

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
1 year ago

Yay!! Fantastic news, I’m ecstatic that one of my favorite countries in Eurovision is returning. Welcome back Bulgaria!

TigerBG
TigerBG
1 year ago

Hurray!!!
Hello from Bulgaria 🙂

Efraim
Efraim
1 year ago

Bulgaria is back and I only have one thing to say about it: YES!

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

Yes! My happiness level is out of the roof.
That being said, I’d really like them to do something unconventional this year. Milanov’s songs are quality, but let’s give some other songwriter a chance.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Excellent news. So which Borislav Milanov song are we going to get, exactly?

Kata
Kata
1 year ago

Preslava for Bulgaria !!!

Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

With this great news of Bulgaria returning, I wouldn’t be surprised if the EBU pulls a Czech Republic 2015 with Slovakia (or Luxembourg but Slovakia seems more realistic) where the EBU convinced the Czech Republic to return. I feel that if Hungary actually does withdraw this will be the case. (The EBU loves viewers so maybe they’ll change their mind on Kazahkstan)

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Wasn’t the Czech return inspired by Austria winning, as it proved that Central Europe, traditionally the least successful region in the contest, could in fact win?

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 year ago
Reply to  Azaad

If this was the reason why Czech Republic retourned, then I’m always waiting for Luxembourg to come back. The NE of BENELUX won and San Marino proved that a little country can make a top 10 in televote in 2019 (plus with a bad song 😐 ). What is Luxembourg waiting for? 😀

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Slovakia will not come..our broadcaster prefer germans telenovelas more than ESC …..:(

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Sad i know Slovakia can have success. They just havent got the right formula yet. For some countries it takes some time like with Czech Republic and Portugal and Finland and ofc Bulgaria

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Slovakian broadcaster confirmed that they won’t take part in ESC2020 a while ago

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

It’s Aly Ryan!
Just kidding. But they aren’t participating to win. They don’t have money to host, so why should we root for them.

Aris Odi
Aris Odi
1 year ago

I’m so so so happy they’re back!

Really dude? Really ...
Really dude? Really ...
1 year ago

ok they deleted my 1st comment … , free speech is in danger! Good luck BNT , i hope you represent Bulgaria with a good entry again. From the last 3 entries i most liked the last one with Jana , but for some reason people were not impressed by it , so i dont even know what Europe likes anymore , just send Azis and bring it next year to Sofia?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago

who is Jana?

Hibish
Hibish
1 year ago

I think you are confusing Macedonia with Bulgaria. ?

Really dude? Really ...
Really dude? Really ...
1 year ago
Reply to  Hibish

Zhana , Jana , Banana etc , same thing

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 year ago

Are you confusing with Jana from North Macedonia in 2017 or you’re talking about Zhana Bergdendorff the woman of Equinox in 2018? 🙂

Loin dici
1 year ago

While I’m happy that Bulgaria returns, who is this third party? I’m curious since they seem okay with spending THAT big.

Really dude? Really ...
Really dude? Really ...
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

i think they threw away more money at 2018 for what they have spent for the last 14 years or so , they have to be smart about it , and dont think how much money you can spend , but how you spend it. Hiring Sasha was a bad idea.

Edward
Edward
1 year ago

Bulgaria are going to win this year. Maybe poli genova might return with another belter.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  Edward

I love Poli, but Bulgaria has so many great artists, so there’s no need for her to return.

Hibish
Hibish
1 year ago

So there will be 42 participating countries including Moldova. We won’t ever get pass that goddamn 43, right? -_-

Leo
Leo
1 year ago
Reply to  Hibish

This year we could have had many returns and debuts but some broadcasters acted weird

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Hibish

Nope. Even for Rotterdam we’d probably have a max of 41.

Ani
Ani
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

No we are get it 42

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Ani

Russia, Moldova and Hungary still don’t confim

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  Hibish

Seems to be looking that way. The maximum number of countries that can compete is 44, though I highly doubt that is gonna happen

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Mendy

isn’t the maximum 46? And also it doesn’t really matter since for JESC max. was 18 countries and in 2018 there were 20 countries.

Elnedeyer
Elnedeyer
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

It is 44 for this year. They have to take the timing into consideration. They probably can’t have more than 19 countries in a SF.

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago
Reply to  Elnedeyer

Technically you can have 46 in most years as a max of 20 countries are allowed in a semi (I’m guessing they want to ensure at least over half the competing countries get to go to the final) save for when a Big 5 country hosts in which case it’d be 45.

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
1 year ago

Here’s hoping for Sofi Maranova to make a return

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Hooray! Still bummed by the very real likelihood that Hungary is out, but I’m so relieved Bulgaria is back in the game. Six to one, half a dozen the other, I suppose.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

wow! seems like they’ve found sponsors which i was hoping for. i hope this time they send a song by different producers though.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Yay. This sounds like good news, especially if it’s true that they are finally switching teams.
Although it should be noted that if all European broadcasters under public law were as bad as BNT, democracy would be in serious trouble. Well, more than it already is, anyway. However, as far as Eurovision goes, this is fantastic news.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

Woow, that’s some great news.. I really did not expect that.
Now we need Moldova and Hungary. I’m still hopeful that they might not have withdrawn, or even so, I would like them to have like North Macedonia in 2018.

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago

Wait are Hungary out?

Sasko
Sasko
1 year ago
Reply to  Fionn

Good morning.

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago
Reply to  Sasko

Oof disappointing

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Fionn

kind of haha… But there is no clear statement I’d say

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Really hope they hadn’t withdrawn

Nicola
Nicola
1 year ago
Reply to  Fionn

Hopefully not. Looking at the Wikipedia page for Eurovision 2020, it has been noted that Hungary has withdrawn. This is annoying as the broadcaster has not formally stated that they will withdraw, just that they are not using ADal as the national selection. They could end up choosing their song and artist through an internal selection. As of yet, nothing has been formally stated by the Hungarian broadcaster.
Soo happy for Bulgaria coming back! They were really missed this year. This announcement took them long enough to as they were supposed to make their decision by the end of September.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

What a good news! I really didn’t expect they would return.

Sun
Sun
1 year ago

Hungry out and Bulgaria in. Another symphonix song?

CookieNation
CookieNation
1 year ago
Reply to  Sun

I hope so. I just Love Symphonic and the later Bulgarian entries.

Bart
Bart
1 year ago

This mafia-money infused ESC “participacitons” makes me want to vomit. It is sickening and is destroying Eurovision.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 year ago

This is awesome! I just hope their representative will still have some artistic liberties despite everything is being sponsored.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

maybe the sponsor is gery-nikol’s daddy, who knows!

Docs
Docs
1 year ago

Yees, Finally!!! Welcome back! Bulgaria will be back stronger than ever, maybe we will have another Ukraine 2016 or Portugal 2017? 😉

Karlan
Karlan
1 year ago

Bulgaria deserves victory.
Equinox-my winner 2018.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Did Moldova fall asleep or something?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

No they never reveal their participation publicly..

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

maybe nobody asked them about their participation