Italy’s success with rock ‘n roll at the most recent edition of Eurovision is clearly having knock-on effects. On Thursday Bulgaria revealed that Intelligent Music Project — a rock supergroup — will sing the song “Intention” at Eurovision 2022 in Torino. Rock legend Ronnie Romero will front the group.
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), John Payne (Asia), Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath) and Todd Sucherman (Styx).
Their song “Intention” will be revealed on December 7.
In a tweet on the official Bulgaria Eurovision account, producers revealed that the band will perform it live during their nationwide tour — helping give the artists some domestic promo.
“This time the fans will not wait long for the premiere of the Bulgarian song,” the tweet says. “In addition to a video, the song will be performed live during the band’s tour of the country. The first participation is on 7.12 in Blagoevgrad. Followed by concerts in Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse and Stara Zagora.”
Bulgaria picks Intelligent Music Project with Ronnie Romero for Eurovision 2022
For Eurovision 2022, the group will feature a series of well-known stars — most notably Ronnie Romero of heavy metal group Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.
Ronnie is a 40-year-old singer from Chile. He’s also been the lead singer of rock bands including Lords of Black, The Ferrymen, Michael Schenker Group and Sunstorm. He’s lived in Madrid since 2009.
Eurofans will most definitely know Intelligent Music Project’s drummer Stoyan Yankoulov. He famously took Bulgaria to fifth place at Eurovision 2007 alongside Elitsa with the song “Voda” (Water). In 2013 the duo returned to Eurovision, but sadly their entry “Samo Shampioni” failed to make the final in Malmö.
Other members in IMP are: X-Factor Bulgaria winner Slavin Slavchev, Bisser Ivanov, Ivo Stefanov and Dimiter Sirakov.
Since 2012, Intelligent Music 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.
News of their participation was first revealed back in September. At the time their founder Milen Vrabevski claimed they were near signing with BNT for Eurovision 2022. The businessman told Radio Plovdiv:
“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.”
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