If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Bulgaria loves hype and, pleasingly, their hype for Eurovision 2021 is starting nice and early. Broadcaster BNT has announced the Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp, an epic 11-day creative gathering to create potential Eurovision songs for VICTORIA and “other artists from the contest”.
Bulgaria means business. Unlike most songwriting camps, this one has its own logo and Twitter account, suggesting it may become a regular fixture on the Eurovision calendar.
The camp begins today, Sunday 16 August, and is due to run for a week and a half, up to 26 August. As the name suggests, the camp will take place in Bulgarian locations by the Black Sea. The camp will be held in the major city of Burgas and at Hotel Forest Beach in the resort town of Primorsko.
We are proud that The Black Sea #Eurovision Songwriting Camp will bring together some of the best songwriters who will work with Bulgaria's @VictoriaGeorge_ and other artists from the contest on their 2021 Eurovision songs! ? Follow @EurovisionCamp for backstage footage. https://t.co/LdbQAxTZj2
— BNT Eurovision Bulgaria ?? (@bg_eurovision) August 15, 2020
Who will be at the Black Sea Camp?
VICTORIA — Bulgaria’s internally selected act for Eurovision 2021 — has confirmed her participation at the camp. The singer wrote that she feels “proud to be part of the Black Sea Eurovision Camp”. She is also soliciting questions from fans about the songwriting process.
— VICTORIA (@victoriageorge_) August 15, 2020
While one purpose of the camp will be to write VICTORIA’s song for Eurovision 2021, the official Bulgarian Twitter account also noted that the songwriting team will work with “other artists from the contest on their 2021 Eurovision songs!” However, it’s not clear which other artists will be at the camp.
It’s possible that the accomplished Bulgarian songwriter Borislav Milanov will be part of the camp. As well as co-writing VICTORIA’s Eurovision 2020 song “Tears Getting Sober”, he has also been involved with Eurovision entries for artists from North Macedonia, Serbia, Austria and Azerbaijan.
Most recently Borislav co-wrote Eurovision 2020 entries for Germany (Ben Dolic’s “Violent Thing”) and Malta (Destiny’s “All of My Love”). If Borislav will be at the Black Sea Camp, it’s possible he could be working his connections and writing new songs for countries he has previously written for.
Last year, two songwriting camps were held to create VICTORIA’s song for Eurovision 2020. One camp was held in Sofia, one in London. From the camps, around five songs were shortlisted and from that “Tears Getting Sober” was selected.
It wasn’t easy going at last year’s songwriting camps. At the time, songwriter Borislav Milanov revealed, “At the sessions, two young people had strong panic attacks and had to go to hospital. That was a big shock to us…and at some point it turned out the message of the song [“Tears Getting Sober”] was about today’s generation and their problems with mental health issues.”
What do you think? What sort of song should VICTORIA sing at Eurovision 2021? Who else would you like to see at the camp? Tell us your thoughts below!