Earlier in the week, the Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp was launched. It will be an epic 11-day creative gathering to create potential Eurovision songs for VICTORIA and “other artists from the contest”. Now organisers have revealed who will be attending the camp. Among the rollcall is Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 singer VICTORIA, Austria’s Eurovision 2018 star Cesár Sampson and Germany’s 2020 act Ben Dolic.

Radio station BNR shares photos from the launch of the camp, introducing some of the singers, songwriters and other creatives who will be working hard over the next few days.

https://www.instagram.com/bnrburgas/

Unsurprisingly, one of the singers attending the camp is local girl VICTORIA. After first being selected for Eurovision 2020, she is returning to again represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021.

The official Twitter account for a camp shared a photo of VICTORIA in a songwriting session with Swedish singer-songwriter Martin Masarov. He recently produced VICTORIA’s latest single, “Alright”.

Also joining VICTORIA is the Austrian singer-songwriter Cesár Sampson. He previously represented Austria at Eurovision 2018, and his presence at the camp had fans wondering if he’ll be returning to the Eurovision stage. However, as well as being a performer, Cesár is an accomplished songwriter and is part of the Symphonix creative house.

A 2021 hopeful and a top producer

Germany’s Eurovision 2020 singer Ben Dolic is also attending the camp. While he hasn’t been automatically given a return ticket to Rotterdam, he will be included in Germany’s internal selection process for 2021. Ben will again be working with the successful Bulgarian songwriter Borislav Milanov, who is also among the camp attendees.

Also attending the camp is the Monaco singer-songwriter Josh Stanley. Josh first came on our radar five years ago when we picked him to represent Monaco in our 2015 Wednesday wishlist. He hasn’t stopped creating music and is now bringing some Monte Carlo realness to the Black Sea.

The songwriting camp will continue over the coming days. The camp’s official Twitter account notes that “four teams of songwriters will work for 10 days on potential songs for Eurovision 2021”.

What do you think? Who else would you like to see at the camp? What style of songs would you like to hear at Eurovision 2021? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

Don’t worry. I’m sure whatever’s not good enough for Bulgaria will find its way around to the likes of Germany, Poland and Malta. Geez, nowadays, it might even end up in the Serbian NF.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Maybe Fears Getting Colder, Dog Bones, Beautiful Messi and If Love Was Worth A Dime

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

So funny.

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

songs written exclusively for ESC rarely work for me

Una
Una
3 months ago

I have the same opinion as before. Eurovision is getting low-low. Should this trend continue, I don’t see any hope whatsoever for local artists in certain countries when 1. broadcasters internally select based on names or 2. countries may stop making efforts locally when genuine songs like Georgia’s 2018 and 2019 have no value translated into points despite not being mainstream but artsy and performed in Georgian. So I see a devaluation of the quality of Eurovision at large. Broadcasters should do more efforts locally with their internal selections. Yes, this contest costs money but when you have different pannels… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Una
Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

I hope for songs more authentics more originals than the songs usually coming from these camps.
I prefer a song coming from the heart instead of a song coming from the brainstorming of many people. Trying too hard often doesn’t help.
The same people working for songs for different countries is not the best way for me but we will see.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

I wonder if Cesar Sampson is here as a songwriter, or if Bulgaria want to send a duet Victoria, Cesar the last year, as they are working together.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

My mistake sorry I didn’t know Cesar was part of the Symphonix creative team.

Last edited 3 months ago by Esc addict
Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

No mistake. It could happen! Cesár was onstage with Poli Genova for Bulgaria in 2016. National loyalty only means so much to Symphonix.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

People here seems not liking the idea, but yeah I love duets in the esc

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

This looks really cool! And man, I am incredibly jealous of people who feel safe enough to go to beautiful countries like Bulgaria right now. Lord knows I’m not deluding myself into thinking world travel’s something I can do right now. (Also: how dope would it be to have a Monegasque songwriter on a Eurovision team?)

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
3 months ago

OMG, look at this stunning view indeed <3 I’m jealous xD Why can’t Germany hold a big songwriting camp at Lake Constance (Bodensee)? 😀

Last edited 3 months ago by ESCFan2009
Sale
Sale
3 months ago

Is there anything worse then these songwriting camps that in 99% of cases come up with very medicore and generic songs??

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Yes there is. Juries seeing more value in those songs and not in locally made songs (meaning local artists) including those in the local language.

Unfounded Boy
Unfounded Boy
3 months ago

Has Victoria been taking makeup tips from Ariana Grande? Her fake tan is so dark she has a deeper skin tone than Cezar???

kor
kor
3 months ago
Reply to  Unfounded Boy

It’s summer? Don’t know where you’re from, but people in the Balkans usually have that olive type of skin that tans like crazy. I have tons of photos of going to the coast with my family and getting a tan like Victoria’s here when I was 5-6, so no, it’s not about any kind of aesthetic preference

Last edited 3 months ago by kor
EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
3 months ago

I could imagine that songwriting camps outside of Eurovision are pretty effective and lead to interesting songs. However, I find it bizarre when the countries competing at Eurovision are treated like projects. And that’s exactly the case with such Eurovision songwriting camps. One day, the attendees write a song that might represent Bulgaria, another day a song for Germany, another day a song for Malta, and so on. It should not be forgotten that there probably are people from these countries who want to write songs for their own countries, but they don’t get to Eurovision because of people who… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago

Fully agree. While countries like Germany and Malta think this is either a winning ticket, fast track to final and/or prevent humiliation it will continue. It enhances my opinion of countries like Iceland and Lithuania.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Fully agree. 100%.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

And Georgia!

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

Do u think there’s a possibility that Monaco will return with Josh?

AM2PM
AM2PM
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

As long as it’s not Josh Dubovie then let’s hope so!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago

Expect at least three songs of that songwriting camp at next year’s Eurovision.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

well they’ll at least be modern and quality.. imo 🙂

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Solid. I’d say at least solid. But I’m hoping for more than solid. 😉 (But knowing the awful stuff Germany sent before ‘Violent Thing’, a solid Ben Dolic would be fine. And a huge improvement for Germany.)

Last edited 3 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

same thoughts. I also think Germany has too much local talent to use foreign songwriters, but still better (imo) to send something good from foreign talent than something bad from local “talent”. I hope they give him a ballad tho, it would be better since he’s more of a ballad performer than dance track performer. 🙂

Last edited 3 months ago by Erasmus
Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago

So the bar will not be set very high

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Well… yeah. Was it ever high? 😉

D O N E
D O N E
3 months ago

I’m hoping they’re going to make something good, but to be honest Borislav Milanov has never done a song that I really would like to listen to.

Rasmus
Rasmus
3 months ago

Swedish Idol starten yesterday which featured Maja Keuc auditioning. She made it through to the next round.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

How is her Swedish?

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

Probably good she has lived in Sweden for I think already 5 or 6 years now..

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

That doesn’t say anything. Look at Melania. 😉

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

hahah LOL stop attacking us ?? true tho

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Why ‘us’? My Slovenian friends do not consider her ‘us’. 😉

Last edited 3 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

hahah well.. she is what she is.. ?

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

question marks are emojis:)

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Has she? I haven’t seen in on any social media?