Victoria Bulgaria 2020

Last month Bulgarian broadcaster BNT delighted Eurovision fans by confirming that Bulgaria would return to Eurovision 2020. Now Bulgaria‘s act for Rotterdam has been announced. X Factor Bulgaria star Victoria Georgieva — otherwise known as VICTORIA — will sing for Bulgaria.

The news was announced today by the broadcaster at a press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. VICTORIA has been introduced in a moody, artistic video.

Upcoming artist VICTORIA shared her excitement, saying “I am proud to be the Bulgarian artist in Rotterdam. I am privileged to be able to make music that I believe in and to have the freedom to be who I am. Being the Bulgarian ambassador on such a huge stage is a big responsibility, as the Eurovision Song Contest matters to so many people in Bulgaria.”

Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2020 project is a partnership between BNT and VICTORIA’s record label Ligna Studios. Also involved is the UK-based label Ostereo — who will distribute the song — and the production consultancy Entiendo, who have been part of Bulgaria’s Eurovision team since its 2016 comeback.

VICTORIA’s song for Rotterdam will be internally selected and publicly released in early March 2020.

A different focus for 2020

While Bulgaria came close to winning Eurovision 2017 — when Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess” finished in second place — this time they aren’t necessarily in it to win it.

Production team Entiendo say their goal is to simply boost VICTORIA’s music career. They also aim to build business relationships that will benefit other Bulgarian artists in the future.

Broadcaster BNT, meanwhile, is focusing on bringing value to the Bulgarian television audience. They confirm that “The commercial success of VICTORIA and our audience are our top priorities in 2020.”

Bulgaria has previously not been shy of hyping its Eurovision entries, with some fans feeling that 2018 act Equinox were overhyped.

Who is VICTORIA?

VICTORIA is an alum of the X Factor Bulgaria. She placed sixth in the 2015/16 edition — the same series where Kristian Kostov placed second. VICTORIA became known for her strong soul vocals, which earned her the comparison as the “Bulgarian Adele”.

VICTORIA has released a number of Bulgarian singles. Earlier this year she released her English-language single “I Wanna Know”, which has already clocked up over 700,000 views on YouTube. VICTORIA presented the video in Madrid at the Melboss Open, a music industry event.

VICTORIA will release her debut album in 2020, after Eurovision 2020.

What do you think? What sort of song should Victoria sing in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Bulgaria Eurovision news here

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Esc43
Esc43
10 months ago

Well they can just win but not host next year it’s simple!!

Neo
Neo
7 months ago
Reply to  Esc43

why do you say that?

inmu
inmu
10 months ago

I am wondering… being humble is it a good or bad thing for ESC?

Elli
Elli
10 months ago
Reply to  inmu

Some people will never be happy. If you are humble it’s bad, if you are Aly Ryan it’s also bad.

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago
Reply to  Elli

Humility without shyness is the best IMO. You want big voices but not big egos!

Bart
Bart
10 months ago
Reply to  inmu

Of course it’s a good thing. At the end of the day, arrogance leads nowhere.

Bart
Bart
10 months ago

She seems like a fantastic live performer with real musical culture. Someone that really loves music and not just the fame. (Not that little insignificant boy singing about a so-called beautyful mess that he didn’t even understand). I also like this more humble approach of BTV, maybe they have have learnt one thing or two. Now what is really important is not the commercial success, it’s the artistic success. I hope she and BTV understand that. However, this presentation video seemed to me a bit pretensious…

Geo
Geo
10 months ago

So, in the end it’s all about business… Basically any artist with money and a good record company behind him can represent a country. Well….way to go, what can I say? Unless she’s a good live performer with a great song, I predict an epic fail for Bulgaria…

Neo
Neo
9 months ago
Reply to  Geo

She is a fantastic live performer and one of the best things that happened to the Bulgarian music scene in the last years. Your comment is intentional and not backed up with arguments. I see just a “regular” hate here 🙂
Thanks God she has a good record label behind her!

Elli
Elli
10 months ago

People who write their name in all caps, like VICTORIA or M.I.H.A.I, are not always arrogants. Usually they use only their first name, and it’s about independence from their own family, dropping the family name.

Maya G
Maya G
10 months ago

That introduction video was so pretentious, and worst than that – BORING.
But I’m hoping for a good song, and she seems to be a really good singer. I’m counting on you Bulgaria!

Jo.
Jo.
10 months ago

I see potential.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

I’m just going to wait for the song release. Gimme a good song and everything will be fine. But seriously, nobody on the entire planet should write their name in all caps. No, this neither makes you more of an artist, nor grander in any way.

John
10 months ago

I remember the Ukrainian national final last year when like 50% of the the contestants WROTE THEIR NAMES LIKE THIS.

POLLASKI
POLLASKI
10 months ago

It does seem a little pretentious, doesn’t it?

Fatima
Fatima
10 months ago

“Production team Entiendo say their goal is to simply boost VICTORIA’s music career”
Does the idiot at Entiendo who said this realise it will be repeated Ad nauseam by contest commentators and will probably cost her some votes. Is it the same person who told us that Equinox were a ‘common framework’?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

In 2014, didn’t Waylon say that he didn’t give a f*** about the Eurovision result and that the only important thing was that the album would become a success? Didn’t seem to cost them too many votes. People will vote for what they like, in my opinion. They didn’t massively vote for Equinox because they didn’t buy into whatever that thing was trying (or wishing) to be. lol at “common framework”. They probably didn’t even known themselves what they meant with that.

Sam Watson
Sam Watson
10 months ago

Of course they are there to win and all that with the video screams ambition. Noone invests these resources just like that. It’s very nicely done, very cinematic and very expensive.

I’m working with Bulgarians and I know their mentality. They always want to compete and be successful. It’s just that they can’t afford to tell it explicitly as the whole fandom will attack them as if wanting to win is the biggest sin on Earth. It’s good that they said it now, so that everyone is satisfied.

Sun
Sun
10 months ago

Don’t like people who say they aren’t in it to win it. It’s an important platform to represent your country and make your people proud!

Katariina
Katariina
10 months ago
Reply to  Sun

They cannot afford to host so obviously they don’t want to win, it’d make them go broke. This year is only possible because of sponsorship.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
10 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

They don’t have to host the contest…
Just win it and let someone else host it

inmu
inmu
10 months ago
Reply to  Katariina

Why do you think they cannot host it? Not sure, but I think they already hosted Kids Eurovision?

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
10 months ago

Obviously we don’t know the song yet but I imagine she’ll do a contemporary Dua Lipa/Zara Larsson style pop song.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

She has a good voice and “I Wanna Know” is quite pleasant. Based on her style and the declared intention to market her, I guess she’ll sing something current and radiofriendly in Rotterdam. If it will be something safe or distinctive, we’ll have to wait a few months to find out.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago

An “artist” with a really nice voice. Excellent.

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
10 months ago

I wanted Preslava to represent Bulgaria but oh well

James
James
10 months ago

Well, we have had winner coming from countries that never expected to win so this could go either way. 🙂

Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

Well, the overall package looks good. I like her and her music style so let’s wait to see what they bring. Potential here.

Roma
Roma
10 months ago

Not impressed

Max
Max
10 months ago

Her X Factor Audition shows she doesn’t need all that electonic processing of current chart music. I hope, they will keep that in mind when choosing the song.

Jack
Jack
10 months ago

So basically they went from overhypping their entries to the other extreme saying we just participate to promote an artists career. Thats sad….

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago

faux-artistic doesn’t do well but if it’s genuine then it’s always appreciated

Denny
Denny
10 months ago

Unfortunately not *cough* Conan Osiris *cough*

yom124
yom124
10 months ago
Reply to  Denny

Conan was pretty extreme though, a casual viewer might have thought he was a joke entry.

It also didn´t help his staging was far weaker than FDC.

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  yom124

Conan is the definition of an acquired taste and millions of Europeans got their first look at him in that semi. Not something you can necessarily wrap your head around in three minutes.

Loin dici
10 months ago

Well, I guess she can do either commercial pop or moody songs, so her song would be a big surprise, waiting to be anticipated.

Jessey
10 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Yeah Indeed she can give us a good ballad like Adele but in her on way or something like margaret cool me down I think she would totally slay that too. So it’s still a big suprise

johny
10 months ago

Well, she‘s the type of singer to cover Billie Eilish AND Ed Sheeran on her YT channel – so… beware 😉
https://youtu.be/C7lDrjcKpqI

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago

all i ask is for them to use different songwriters from milanov & co whose sound is stuck in 2016, this girl has great potential so let her shine!

Marios
Marios
10 months ago

who is this beauty and where was she hidden all these years?

Denis
Denis
10 months ago

Is this another one of those ambient artsy pretentious alternative pop entries like Austria last year?
Better not getting your hopes up to much..

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
10 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Think you’re throwing around the word pretentious without actually knowing the definition of it… this doesn’t seem pretentious at all?

Denis
Denis
10 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

The video is pretentious. The Word means that you aspire to present something as high art when it’s not.

Loin dici
10 months ago
Reply to  Denis

She’s actually doing commercial pop prior her announcement, so no.

Henrikh Mugosa
Henrikh Mugosa
10 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Pretentious would be a better qualifier for ‘Is it too late for love’. That Austrian song was not instant enough, but it was a great song nonetheless.

Denis
Denis
10 months ago
Reply to  Henrikh Mugosa

Yes so great that it ended up dead last in the semi final.
Meanwhile Too Late for Love got 5th in final.

romanian
romanian
10 months ago

“Beautiful Mess” finished in second place — this time they aren’t necessarily in it to win it.”

You never win when you are trying too hard. 2020 attitude is the right one. I think Bulgaria has more chances than ever. Local song, don’t try too hard, and you can win. Good luck! Sofia 2021.

romanian
romanian
10 months ago

Indeed, I feel they are so right this year, maybe without knowing it themselves.

Fatima
Fatima
10 months ago
Reply to  romanian

But if you’ve got that attitude, don’t broadcast the fact. It isn’t going to endear Victoria to voters or the media. I have a horrible feeling that the someone connected with UK 2020 will say the same thing. In any case, I want to see people singing their heart out for their country.

RoboESC
RoboESC
10 months ago

”this time they aren’t necessarily in it to win it” … wow they really took the slogan ‘open up’ seriously. I prefer a bit more eagerness to win tho

yom124
yom124
10 months ago
Reply to  RoboESC

You do realise there is no way they can afford to host. Hence why winning the contest would honestly be an absolute nightmare for them.

They could only afford to send an act because a sponsor helped them out. Which wouldn´t happen with the massive fee of hosting.

RoboESC
RoboESC
10 months ago
Reply to  RoboESC

I agree, and hope this strategy will work out well. However there’s no need for the statement. It’s so negative. They could just say a quality song is top priority and a win would be ‘nice’ (secretly hoping they won’t win because of financial reasons). Telling europe you don’t want to win (or host) the contest gives a negative vibe.

xelx
xelx
10 months ago

I’m aware of the unimportance of it , but I’m really not a fan of stage names in all caps.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago
Reply to  xelx

nn same here. i edited ZAYN’s album to ‘Zayn’ on my itunes bc i can’t stand all caps

Fatima
Fatima
10 months ago

What do you do with ABBA?

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

that’s an acronym so it’s supposed to be in capital letters

Vangelis
Vangelis
10 months ago
Reply to  xelx

It’s not unimportant. When so many young artists do it, it shows a serious problem with narcissism.

Aris Odi
Aris Odi
10 months ago

I WANNA KNOW what her song will be

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

She seems really promising!