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.
Official statement | Sofia, 30th of October
— Eurovision Bulgaria ?? (@bg_eurovision) October 30, 2019
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.
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