For weeks, we’ve pondered which of her six songs would get the Eurovision ticket. But finally, VICTORIA has revealed her song for Eurovision 2021. She’ll sing “Growing Up Is Getting Old” for Bulgaria this year in Rotterdam.
The superstar singer-songwriter revealed her choice and performed the song during a concert livestreamed on YouTube.
VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
VICTORIA presented her entry during the concert following an emotional speech:
“It was a very difficult decision. I am glad that BNT, Ligna and my team are totally united in our choice. Your feedback about the songs helped us a lot. The opinion of music and television experts from all over Europe helped up as well. Perhaps for me, choosing from my six songs was the hardest. Each one of them is very special to me. But when we had to choose between the two songs with the most supports from the viewers and the experts – ‘Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Growing Up Is Getting Old’ – I knew which song I would sing with all my heart and soul on stage in Rotterdam.”
The track is taken from VICTORIA’s EP a little dramatic. But it has been revamped for Eurovision, with a new music video to go alongside it. The first chorus has been trimmed down to fit within the three minute time limit, and there are more vocal flourishes throughout.
Thematically, the song is an ode to growth and overcoming anxieties. Against the backdrop of a ticking clock metronome, VICTORIA tugs at heartstrings as she sings a swaying melody above gentle piano chords and sweeping string passages. “You can grow in many different ways”, VICTORIA says. “Sometimes going back to your roots, to the place you feel safe and the people you love, helps you find your purpose on Earth. This is the case for me. When I listen to the song I think of my mother, my father, my sister, my friends. All the people that mean the world to me.”
VICTORIA co-wrote the track alongside Swedish songwriters Maya Nalani, Helena Larsson and Oliver Björkvall. Also, it’s one of the VICTORIA’s earliest songs, dating back to 2019. It was even included in Bulgaria’s internal selection for Eurovision 2020.
By winning the Bulgarian ticket to Rotterdam, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” beats out five other tracks. “UGLY CRY”, “Phantom Pain”, “Imaginary Friend”, “Dive into Unknown” and “The Funeral Song” were also in contention. BNT’s internal selection process saw VICTORIA and her team seek feedback on all six songs from music industry professionals and Eurovision fans alike. In our poll, wiwibloggs readers voted “Growing Up Is Getting Old” their third favourite of VICTORIA’s six potential tracks.
Marvin Dietmann to stage “Growing Up Is Getting Old” in Rotterdam
Additionally, VICTORIA announced that Marvin Dietmann will stage the Bulgarian Eurovision entry in Rotterdam. Dietmann is the artistic director behind many successful Eurovision entries, including Conchita Wurst’s winning performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix”. At Eurovision 2021, Dietmann will also oversee the staging for Austria’s Vincent Bueno and Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou.
“We are working non-stop with Marvin and I am really happy that we have such а talented director in our team. We worked together in 2020 on the staging for ‘Tears Getting Sober’ and I was really impressed with him”, VICTORIA says. “His feedback helped us a lot with our final choice on the song with the biggest staging potential for Rotterdam 2021.”
At Eurovision, VICTORIA will perform “Growing Up Is Getting Old” in the second half of semi-final two.
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