We haven’t heard much about Bulgaria‘s plans for Eurovision 2022, but now a Bulgarian rock group claims they are in final negotiations to represent their country in Italy next year. Dr Milen Vrabevski — founder of the international rock collaboration the Intelligent Music Project — claims the project is near signing with BNT for Eurovision 2022.
The businessman and arts patron revealed the details in a chat on Radio Plovdiv. He said:
“The top news I share with you on this radio is that we have been chosen to represent Bulgaria at the next Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. With the idea we took a few months ago with BNT — if we are looking for a vote, a team of international stars with a Bulgarian project will make a much more impression, many more votes than a purely Bulgarian team. That’s what we plan to do with a new approach.”
Host Antonia Popova then asked Vrabevski if it was BNT’s final decision that Intelligent Music would represent Bulgaria at Eurovision. He replied, “I hope it is final, I am waiting for us to sign the contract in a week with BNT.”
Following the success of Italian rock band Måneskin, Eurovision may have become more appealing for the rock-focused Intelligent Music Project.
However, it is important to note that at this stage, broadcaster BNT has not confirmed any information about their plans for Eurovision 2022 or indeed if the Intelligent Music Project will be on board. In recent years BNT has partnered with internally selected artists who are able to bring a full package to Eurovision. A partnership with the Intelligent Music Project could fit this method.
Who are the Intelligent Music Project?
The Intelligent Music Project is an “international rock collaboration” and was founded by the Bulgarian businessman, philanthropist and arts patron Dr Milen Vrabevski. While the group is a Bulgarian rock band, they frequently collaborate with ’80s rock icons from around the world.
The project has included collaborations with musicians such as Simon Phillips (Toto), John Lawton (Uriah Heep), Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), John Payne (Asia), Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath) and Todd Sucherman (Styx).
Since 2012, the project has released six albums: The Power of Mind, My Kind o’ Lovin’, Touching the Divine, Sorcery Inside, Life Motion, and 2021 release The Creation.
The group regularly perform live, both in Bulgaria and at rock events around Europe.
Due to the group’s ever-changing lineup, it’s not possible to say who would perform with the group if they did represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2022.
The Intelligent Music Project has echos of Bulgaria’s 2018 act, Equinox. The five-piece pop vocal group — who called themselves a “common framework” — were made up of singers from Bulgaria and the United States.
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