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.
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