VICTORIA’s big decision is well and truly underway. On Sunday she shared the lyric video to “Imaginary Friend” — the first song from her debut EP a little dramatic and her second potential Eurovision 2021 song for Bulgaria.

She chose her timing carefully. In a press release, the singer-songwriter said “Imaginary Friend” works well for Valentine’s Day, as it is “not a typical love story” and focuses “on how unrequited love makes you feel.” If we reach back into our personal histories, that’s an idea that resonates with us all.

“Everyone can relate to this story because we all experience something like this,” she says. “Loving someone with all your heart does not always mean they will love you back. Sometimes the love is unrequited and you just have to move on with your life. The process of moving forward will be told by another song from the album. The stories of a little dramatic are well connected and I am sure when we present all the songs the pieces of the puzzle will come together.”

VICTORIA wrote the song alongside Cornelia Wiebols and Irma Eriksson Wadström, with Cornelia and Oliver Björkvall on production. The song was written during a songwriting session at the Bulgarian seaside in the summer of 2019.

Coming soon: VICTORIA’s other potential Eurovision songs

The Bulgarian team share more details of what’s to come:

“‘Dive Into Unknown’ will be the next release from VICTORIA’s potential Eurovision 2021 songs. The premiere of the lyric video will be on Monday at 20:00 Bulgarian time (19:00 CET) via eurovision.icard.com and via the official YouTube channel of VICTORIA.”

“After all the songs are released, a special online platform will be launched which will allow music fans around the world to leave comments and feedback about the 6 potential songs. This will be part of Bulgaria’s selection process for Eurovision 2021. VICTORIA and her team will also look for feedback from focus groups specialising in music, TV, radio and Eurovision experts to make their final decision.”

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ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
17 days ago

Victoria is one of the acts who I feel have the potential to win the contest this year. So far neither this nor Ugly Cry gives me winner vibes but I’m hopeful that one of her upcoming songs will.

Frank
17 days ago

I wasn’t a fan of her style of music last year and this gives me the same uncomfortable feeling. Something uplifting and cheerful would be great. Let’s hope the Mama’s will bring us exactly that ?

Mirko
Mirko
18 days ago

I’m really sad for how toxic every ESC community has became. It’s useless to stand firm in their opinion, pointing low everyone who has differents one – and that’s has been happening especially with some country’s fanbase. Do you like the song? Good, than listen it to. Do you think that a song is very close to other one? It’s ok, we have to respect others’s idea. Personally I’m not into this kind of music that Victoria is producing as her own style, trying to find her own identity. But that’s ok, people don’t have to understand my opinion –… Read more »

Bart
Bart
18 days ago

Wow this could be the one for Victoria! Has a strong chorus and a good message, every one struggles in life in corona time. People become lonely. This goes about a girl and she find peace in dreaming of an imaginary friend.

bunga seroja
18 days ago

As kpopers, I really can relate myself to this song.. 12 points from me!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
18 days ago

my top for Bulgaria rn:

  1. Imaginary Friend
  2. Ugly Cry

Both are good options, but Ugly Cry’s chorus just isn’t quite enough for me. Imaginary Friend is dreamy and reminds me of Tears Getting Sober, which I loved.

Michael
Michael
18 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Couldn’t agree more!

Naomi
Naomi
18 days ago

These lyrics are on the same level of cringe as Alcohol You. Definitely still backing Ugly Cry so far!

Naomi
Naomi
18 days ago
Reply to  Naomi

Didn’t realise people hated Ugly Cry so much? Honestly, I think the best is yet to come for Victoria this week.

Naomi
Naomi
18 days ago
Reply to  Naomi

Y’all don’t even think there are better entries ahead for her? Talk about pessimism. Maybe consider that some of us are actually remaining open-minded to Victoria’s artistic output before you go crazy with the downvotes.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
18 days ago

I stg why can people not understand that genres exist and just because two artists do the same genre doesn’t mean that it is plagiarism? Like, whenever there is a woman doing a pop song with an instrumental drop it is now Fuego, apparently (remembering the accusations hurled against Me Tana and Replay). And now whenever Victoria sends a slow ballad it’s ‘Billie’. Like, grow up people. Unless Victoria plagiarises an actual song, it isn’t plagiarism.

Ricky
Ricky
18 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

YES! And remember last year when that Estonian guy actually copied a whole section of lyrics from Billie and he was still a fan favorite, but when its Victoria….

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
18 days ago
Reply to  Ricky

Agreed. While I actually loved Jaagup’s song and wanted it to win, that lyric copying was much too obvious and was actual plagiarism. Victoria has done nothing close to that.

Jamie
Jamie
18 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

You have failed to notice it’s not only the same genre, it’s the whole package of unoriginality – song titles, lyrics, music videos. All in the same style.

xohxoh
xohxoh
18 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Exactly, it’s like find your own identity, girl.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
18 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

I mean, that’s entirely wrong, but sure.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
18 days ago

I like this one a bit more than “ugly cry” I think, despite the fact that it might be the harder one of the two to stage. The tone of “Ugly cry” was just a little too edgy/dark for my tastes and I like how “imaginary friend” sort of tells a bit of a story. This one reminds me of “tears getting sober” more than the other one. Though I don’t think either song so far comes to its level yet. But that’s okay! She’ll have more songs for us and I’m sure we’ll hear the one that’ll beat it… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
18 days ago

Long story short, both of these songs are good and could qualify, but I do not think that we heard the song that will go to Eurovision yet.

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
18 days ago

Great song but I prefer ugly cry over this one.

Sabrina
Sabrina
18 days ago

Her voice sounds lovely on this one, but I agree with those that mentioned a lack of a climax or stronger chorus. That said, I believe both “Ugly Cry” (I prefer it) and “Imaginary Friend” would qualify with ease and achieve a respectable result in the final. To match “Tears Getting Sober” though, she will need a little more. And I assume they’ll save their biggest bets to release later in the process.

Last edited 18 days ago by Sabrina
Nicolas
Nicolas
18 days ago

A song like that it’s 0% chance of winning ESC.
zzzzzzzzzzz

Cozmin COZMA
Cozmin COZMA
18 days ago

Annoying …….
Good but I really think she has something better!

Héctor
Héctor
18 days ago

As a song is ok but I think it isn’t competitive enough for Eurovision. It would qualify though.

Jamie
Jamie
18 days ago

Victoria, bby. There can’t be two Billie’s. Make up your own personality.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
18 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Baka

Fabio
Fabio
18 days ago

Mmmmm, doesn’t excite me much. It lacks climax.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
17 days ago
Reply to  Fabio

I agree that Imaginary Friend won’t be Bulgaria’s entry, but artists such as Salvador Sobral, The Common Linnets and Ell/Nikki also didn’t have a climax and ended in the top 3.

Last edited 17 days ago by GiornoGiovanna
Marc
Marc
18 days ago

Ugly cry is more interesting and captivating. Imaginary friend has potential but does not take you anywhere. Victoria is clearly talented and artistic so deserves the best. I’m intrigued to hear the other offerings.

First row at ESC and JESC
First row at ESC and JESC
18 days ago

“Imaginary friend” is a solid song. I would rank it this way:

  1. Tears getting sober (2020) = 9.5/10
  2. Imaginary friend = 7.5/10
  3. Ugly cry = 7/10
Viggz
Viggz
18 days ago

I think my ranking would be

  1. Tears Getting Sober 10/10
  2. Imaginary Friend 8/10
  3. Ugly Cry 7/10
Yellow
Yellow
18 days ago

I don’t know what it is lacking but it’s definetly something

Bob
Bob
18 days ago

The people comparing this to Billie has clearly never listened to her, and I would think they haven’t even listened to this song at all. The only similarity is the genre, and girl, there are lots of singers with this genre

Hector
Hector
18 days ago

So nice to listen to, I could have it on repeat for a while actually. I can relate to a certain point with the lyrics, so that’s a plus for me.

On the other hand, as some of you lot mentioned, how can this be staged, it’s pretty much of a blur, hit or miss I guess it’s going to be. Also, they have to cut it – and I always fear the cuts.

Also, if you don’t mind me asking, ‘Valium’ should be removed from tbe lyrics right?

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
18 days ago
Reply to  Hector

I don’t think we heard the song that will be going to ESC yet. But both of them so far have been good though!

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
18 days ago

I really enjoy the vibe of this since it is similar to tgs but let’s all hope that she has more songs of this caliber in her selection just with a little bit more of a hook.

xohxoh
xohxoh
18 days ago

Zzz. Not Billie Eilish copy again. Can you come up with something else?

Bob
Bob
18 days ago
Reply to  xohxoh

This is not similar to Billie Eillish at all lol

Jamie
Jamie
18 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Keep telling yourself that.

hir
hir
17 days ago
Reply to  Bob

LOL that’s a bit delusional

N.G.
N.G.
18 days ago

I like it more then Ugly Cry and Tears Getting Sober. It just has a prettier melody. There are the Billie vibes present but they are not overwhelming at all and this is just overall sweeter.
I do have a feeling we haven’t heard the best song out of the bunch though. 😉
Good luck, Victoria!

Last edited 18 days ago by N.G.
raylee
raylee
18 days ago

No no no!! Okay this is good , also Ugly Cry is good but don’t forget she was to win 2020 if the contest wasn’t cancelled. Tears Getting Sober is an absolute winner material and it was full of winner vibes , but her new songs have nothing to win Eurovision , they are good but not enough. Also i saw the titles of her EP and the names look so teenage , they don’t promise anything. I am sorry but she had to make a song just like Tears Getting Sober

Justin
Justin
18 days ago
Reply to  raylee

Why are you pretending she would have won ? There were plenty of favourites last year : Lithuania, Iceland, Russia or even Switzerland. I’m so upset that so many people pretend they have the truth about last year….

Fabio
Fabio
18 days ago
Reply to  raylee

I don’t think she would have won last year… She was not tipped as a big favourite anywhere. I expect she would have ended between 6th and 12th place.

Last edited 18 days ago by Fabio
raylee
raylee
18 days ago
Reply to  Fabio

how she was not favourite anywhere… she was winner in odds and also she was one of the biggest favourites with Lithuania and Iceland.. Also song had winner vibes more than anyone

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
18 days ago
Reply to  Fabio

Before it got cancelled, she was actually first in the betting odds xD

Felix
Felix
18 days ago

Not to play the comparison game, but I really feel this sort of hits the right balance between Billie Eilish and AURORA, which is great because, at least from what she’s shown, Victoria has a great belting range.

GrantK
GrantK
18 days ago

Another Billie Eilish clone

Jo.
Jo.
18 days ago

Feeling positive for Bulgaria and their L’Oreal queen.

NickC
NickC
18 days ago

I prefer ugly cry, UC has more ups ane downs, it hits you at the first listen. This sounds like whining for 3 minutes, with uniform key changes at wrong places.

Janet
Janet
18 days ago
Reply to  NickC

I don’t think whining is the right word. It’s an excellent song and if any other country sent this then it would still be high in the odds. I agree that ugly cry is better but it doesn’t mean imaginary friend is whining

NickC
NickC
18 days ago
Reply to  Janet

Well, I respectfully disagree. I would not call this excellent, especially because the “unrequited love” theme has been done in a much better way by Imerika just yesterday. In comparison, “Imaginary Friend” pales.

Stan
Stan
18 days ago

Masterpiece! L?ve it!

Constantinos
Constantinos
18 days ago

Great verses and bridge, but personally not so great chorus. I like it a lot and it is healing, but I kind of prefer Ugly Cry up to this point.

DonutLover
DonutLover
19 days ago

I like it,It’s dreamy and easy to listen to BUT both of her songs so far are longer then 3 min meaning if any gets chosen it will have to be cut so we will see…

Mircs
Mircs
19 days ago

It’s a beautiful piece of art and such a dreamy song. I really enjoy Victorias style. It could also benefit from the new rules as well. I’m curious what the other songs sounds like though. As for this song I think it could be a hit-or-miss in terms of the staging and I’m not sure – since most of the audience will hear it just once – if it could appeal to the wider mass. I think this is the biggest discrepancy to Tears Getting Sober.

Last edited 19 days ago by Mircs
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
19 days ago

I reckon it will be ‘The Funeral Song’ or at least one of the last three songs to be released. Not quite there yet.

KRM
KRM
19 days ago

It’s a good song, but I prefer Ugly Cry.

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
19 days ago

This must be an eargasm for an averge Eurofan with 2010s music taste… y’all deserve a Victoria hehe

Miles
Miles
18 days ago
Reply to  Az*rbaijan

Your whole personality is hating Victoria at this point…

ESC8
ESC8
19 days ago

It is better than Ugly Cry but I think it is going to be tough to get the staging it deserves. I am positive towards it but I’m not 100% sure that it will work live on stage.

Rifki
Rifki
19 days ago

seeing the words ‘Eurovision 2021 – potential song’: okay let’s have a listen to it
.
after listening: it doesn’t look and sound potential. don’t you dare call it potential (sorry for being too harsh). Even “Ugly Cry” doesn’t look and sound like it. I still can’t understand how brave they are to call both songs potential. calling a song “potential for Eurovision”, while by default it can’t be, is not how it should be done.

Janet
Janet
18 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

potential means they will consider it to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision… which they will? Maybe it’s just an error with your English or sometbing, I’m not sure, but I don’t understand what the issue is with calling it a potential Eurovision song?

Esc fan
Esc fan
19 days ago

This is a song I would download, its a quality song but as some others have mentioned, I think Ugly Cry has more staging potential and although this song is very nice to listen to, it doesn’t have the same moment that TGS had. I’m very much looking forward to her other songs though.

Una
Una
19 days ago

I liked parts of it – musically. I don’t know whether “Valium” can be used as such because of the potential ckommerciall/ad implications.
Same as last year re: a few entries from 2020: I absolutely loath the mmental heallthh asspect issues.

Bob
Bob
19 days ago

I… really really like this. Definitely different than “Tears Geting Sober,” but I think it’s as great. If all of her songs will be of the same quality I am really excited!

EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan
EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan
19 days ago

This is excellent, as are all of Victoria’s songs. Not quite the masterpiece of Tears Getting Sober, but still brilliant. 🙂

Alonso
Alonso
19 days ago

this is good. even better than her entry of last year!

EmilyG
EmilyG
19 days ago

You just DON’T imitate Billie Eilish.
Her music is so unique that every attempt is just ridiculous.

Erasmus
Erasmus
19 days ago

I do prefer TGS, but I like it more than Ugly Cry – nonetheless it’s amazing and would be in my top 10 if selected (probably). We also have to consider that TGS hadan actual MV, these will be just lyrics videos and thus mat have less impact.

Erasmus
Erasmus
19 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

but again A VERY quality entry – from the visuals to lyrics to everything

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
19 days ago

It’s lovely and more poignant than ugly cry, but the latter probably has more staging potential.

David Scott
David Scott
19 days ago

This is gorgeous, would make a great Eurovision Entry but I have a feeling she has something even better on the way

Kosey
Kosey
19 days ago

Very dreamy. Not 100% sure if it has the immediate impact that is needed for a Eurovision song but I definitely like it. It could be a grower as well.

Amadeus
Amadeus
19 days ago

Not a fan. Sounds too manufactured and feels too contrived. I was expecting something more organic and free spirited. But then again, her music is not really my style.

Viggz
Viggz
19 days ago

Really good start! I like this one much more than Ugly Cry, but I still prefer TGS. Can’t wait for the four other songs 🙂