In 2018, she was a Bulgarian rose among thorns as the only female singer in the Eurovision group Equinox. But now Zhana Bergendorff has shone on her own, as finishing second on celebrity singing show The Masked Singer Bulgaria. She performed disguised as the Rose.
After performing anonymously over the series, Zhana made it to the grand final. There she finished second and was eventually revealed to the audience as the Rose.
The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing contest based on a popular South Korean show format. The acts range from established singers to amateurs from other fields, such as acting and sports, who just fancy a singalong. But while the contestants are household names in Bulgaria, they can’t rely on their fame.
The contestants all perform in disguise, wearing elaborate costumes that hide their true identity. The Bulgarian series featured a Bee, a Hat, a Scotsman, a Chicken and a Rose. But regardless of the costume, it ends up being all about the voice.
Over the weeks, Zhana as the Rose performed a number of songs which again showed off her vocal power and versatility as a singer. She tackled songs such as Queen’s “We Are the Champions”, Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter”, ABBA’s “The Winner Takes it All”, AC/DC’s rock classic “You Shook Me All Night Long” as well as Alexandra Burke’s interpretation of “Hallelujah”.
The series was won by another X Factor Bulgaria star, Mihaela Marinova. She performed as the Raven and had the edge over Zhana in the grand final.
Making the grand final of The Masked Singer rounds out an eventful year for Zhana. In October, she won 250,000 lev (around 127,000 euros) on a national scratch lottery card. At the time, she said she would use the money to help support her singing career, as well as a family holiday to South Korea and to help a friend finish her education.
And 2019 is proving to also be an eventful year for former Eurovision stars competing on local editions of The Masked Singer. In August, Germany’s Eurovision 2004 singer Max Mutzke won the German edition of the show, while this past weekend France’s Eurovision 2001 singer Natasha St-Pier finished fifth on the French edition.
The success of these three acts suggests that we may see — or rather, hear — more former Eurovision acts on upcoming episodes of The Masked Singer. The UK edition of the show is due to premiere next month.
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