Let’s cut straight to the chase: “Ugly Cry” is among the songs that VICTORIA may sing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Writing on Twitter, Bulgaria’s queen of dark pop confirmed what fans have been wondering.
“It’s time to answer the burning questions – yes, UGLY CRY will be one of my potential Eurovision 2021 songs and will be part of Bulgaria’s internal selection for Rotterdam.”
The song combines a hard-hitting beat with tense strings, creating a haunting and experimental atmosphere. At times it’s very dark: “My heart burns quietly so no one hears the hurt, like a silence louder than a screaming crowd.”
This internal turmoil contrasts sharply with the beautiful image of a self-possessed woman with confidence and a crown, and that’s deliberate. VICTORIA speaks of the mismatch many people feel between their public and private personas. More specifically, her team say it’s “inspired by the difference in the way she was treated before and after Eurovision success.” VICTORIA remains the same person, even if the world suddenly holds her in higher esteem. As she says, outside accolades shouldn’t determine someone’s worth: “My message with ‘UGLY CRY’ is simple: everyone deserves respect.”
Victoria could sing “UGLY CRY” at Eurovision 2021 for Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Eurovision team has indirectly suggested that it will release a series of potential Eurovision songs to assess public reaction.
Twitter user Eneko issued that theory on Twitter, writing, “I suspect that, after having written a bunch of songs at [her Eurovision songwriting camp], the Bulgarian delegation might have considered releasing the best ones and then choosing among the ones which received better reactions/critics.”
The BNT Eurovision account then responded with the words “well done” and a clapping emoji.
The music video for VICTORIA’s latest release is absolutely stunning. It has a Game of Thrones vibe that showcases her commitment to the total package. The song is strong, but the visuals take it to another level. From disturbing, faceless mummies — likely representing one’s personal demons or toxic online trolls — to VICTORIA wearing a crown in the snow, there’s a lot to unpack here.
Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 team have elaborated on all of it in a press release.
“Co-written by VICTORIA and production duo Billen Ted, the song was created during a Eurovision songwriting session in London and was supported with production by the Swedish-Bulgarian Martin Masarov.”
“The track will be one of her potential Eurovision 2021 songs. The official Bulgarian entry will be presented in March and in case ‘UGLY CRY’ is chosen, a 3-minute Eurovision version will be released.”
VICTORIA said: “I am proud of the team behind the ‘UGLY CRY’ music video because we managed together to turn this project into reality, although it was filmed during a pandemic and with many restrictions. I am excited that iCard continue to support my Eurovision journey and we have many surprises in 2021 for all of you!”
“The ‘UGLY CRY’ music video concept was created by VICTORIA and the director of the video Victoria Karakoleva. The ambitious production was filmed in the modern UFO Film studios near Sofia, with Director of Photography – Rosen Savkov. The project was produced by Ligna Studios and Four Elementz, who previously produced VICTORIA’s music videos for ‘Tears Getting Sober’ and ‘alright’, and MatchPoint Productions.”
What do you think of “Ugly Cry”? Do you think this could be a strong contender at Eurovision? Let VICTORIA and her team know what you’re thinking below. Remember: They are releasing songs to get honest opinions.