On 25 November, VICTORIA celebrated the one-year anniversary of becoming Bulgaria’s hope for Eurovision 2020. In honour of the milestone, the Varnéan singer and Eurovision 2021 star released a video interview in which she discusses her personal and artistic development over the past year.
Bulgaria’s VICTORIA once considered not coming back to Eurovision 2021
As with the forty other Eurovision 2020 acts, VICTORIA sadly couldn’t make the trip to Rotterdam due to the contest’s cancellation. However, her heartfelt entry about the mental health struggles of young people, became a hit in her native country as “Tears Getting Sober” reached number two on the radio charts.
In the open interview on her YouTube channel, VICTORIA admits that it hurts to listen to the song now as she hasn’t gotten over the fact that she won’t perform it on the Eurovision stage.
VICTORIA shared that, for a small while, she considered not coming back to the contest due to the stress and insecurity that came with the cancellation. However, she quickly reconsidered and on 22 March, she was confirmed for the 2021 contest.
The “alright.” songstress reveals that Eurovision has given her a lot of strength as a performer, providing her with newfound confidence:
“One year ago I was Victoria who didn’t believe in herself. I didn’t believe I can create music and that I can develop the way I did in the past one year. I just didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t like the way I looked or what I was doing with my music. And I was wondering if I am really that talented.”
“For the past year, I think there is a big difference in me because I had to go through a lot of emotions and I was so busy. I haven’t worked so much before because I never had such a big event in my life. In the beginning, I was really stressed but I realized this was a great opportunity because this project gave me a lot as a person. I learned to be more balanced and to take things easier.”
VICTORIA on Eurovision 2021
For 2021, VICTORIA is busy writing new material. One of the songs being considered for 2021 is her single “Ugly Cry”. Besides that, she’s currently writing a set of new songs. Back in the summer, she took part in the Black Sea Songwriting Camp in Burgas and Primorsko.
The former X Factor Bulgaria star shared that it is at times hard to write new material as the comparisons with “Tears Getting Sober” are easy to make.
“I still haven’t been over “Tears”. Writing new songs, I always go back to it, which is not good because I can’t run away from it. Whatever I do, I am comparing it to that song. And I try to brush it off because it hinders the process. It’s hard to run away from something that was really successful. You try to do something better. It’s hard, but not impossible.”
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