Eurovision 2022 has its first song. The Bulgarian rock supergroup Intelligent Music Project has released their “Intention”, their song for Turin. The song was debuted this morning on the BNT 1 show The Day Begins with Georgi Lyubenov.

The song delivers a classic ’80s rock sound, complete with dramatic rock harmonies and attitude-laden guitar. The action-packed song takes a moment to pause with a peaceful middle-eight, but also treats rock fans to a squealing guitar solo.

Lyrically, the song tells a story of coping with the stresses of life, dealing with the hurdles that come one’s way. In the chorus, lead singer Ronnie Romano snarls “And in time I’ve always known / I’m never in the safety zone / I took the fight, but was I right? / They were sending me to war”.

While the song is titled “Intention”, that word only features once in the song lyrics.

“Intention” comes with a music video that features the band playing their song, while at the same time a kid is playing a video game. He plays as a woman who is stalked by a mysterious figure — and there’s a twist at the end.

The video ends with the text: “It’s never too late to set foot on the right path. All you need is the right intention”.

Intelligent Music Project – “Intention” (Bulgaria Eurovision 2022)

“Intention” lyrics – Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria)

And I can move on from here
How simple: life goes on
Humble – that’s how I feel
“Sparking hot flames, holding on”

Younger days run so clear
Through my mind, replaying my crime
Tearing me up, spreading fear
Obsession in my own time.

What life’s taken away, I’m not missing
Will I sit back and sigh?
A thunder of thoughts, I’m dismissing
Too scared to even try

And in time I’ve always known
I’m never in the safety zone
I took the fight, but was I right?
They were sending me to war

My intention is strong and real
Only power steels my will
The illusion of safety’s surreal
Don’t let it go for the kill!

What life’s taken away, I’m not missing
Will I sit back and sigh?
A thunder of thoughts, I’m dismissing
Too scared to even try

And in time I’ve always known
I’m never in the safety zone
I took the fight, but was I right?
They were sending me to war

I don’t want to take on the pain
So I go seek inner signs or a calling
The more freedom I gain
The less real life I’m recalling.

And in time I’ve always known
I’m never in the safety zone
I took the fight, but was I right?
They were sending me to war

What do you think of “Intention”? How should the Intelligent Music Project stage it in Turin? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago

Bulgaria 3/10

Adam
Adam
1 month ago

I like the influences I hear but the problem is its an album track at best, not a single/number 1 and not a Eurovision winner…But good luck to them and it will be cool to hear it live

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

I’m so disappointed…They should withdraw! Nobody in Bulgaria likes them or the song!

Agent 007
Agent 007
1 month ago

What was this. Belarus’ both attempts this year were more interesting, at least scandalous 😀

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

It’s like they were on a mission to create the lamest rock song possible. It sounds like a theme song of a really bad 90’s sitcom. And the fact that the band members could pass as grand parents of Maneskin doesn’t help.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Completely agree! The part of their being grand parents, strikes me as a bit ageist, though, sorry…

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago

Sorry Bulgaria, no qualification for you next year.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Well, Bulgaria is definitely not winning next year that’s for sure.

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago

His voice is on fire! I love it

Gil
Gil
1 month ago

It’s not about doing rock song, it’s the fact that they do awful rock and they don’t look good visually as well, especially the front man, looks ridiculous and dated. There is no charisma style or good music here. Bulgaria must change the selection

Kohen
Kohen
1 month ago

probably stay in the semi if it’s not get a revamp 🙁

Legendary
Legendary
1 month ago

Am I the only one who feels Dragonball Z vibes while listening?

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  Legendary

I read a comment earlier that it sounds like an English dubbed version of Naruto opening theme song. Lol.

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

“Maneskin won last year, people love rock again! Let’s send a bunch of dudes in their forties, with a generic song and outdated 80’s sound. Also, release it first, six months before Eurovision. That will work”.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yeah yeah fire
Matti
Matti
1 month ago

PLEASE REVAMP IT.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago
Reply to  Matti

Everyone mark my words, this is NOT Bulgaria’s entry. They will revamp it or completely scrap it. It’s pretty obvious why they released it so early. So they can have time to react to people’s demands.

Last edited 1 month ago by Im so fab
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

It Probably should be revamped If it wants a better chance at eurovision, But what if they don’t do it and this is what we get for May? It would put Bulgaria in a very vulnerable position.

Peter
Peter
1 month ago

As it is Bulgaria it may still qualify but only just. Nothing special about it but not offensive.

Gili
Gili
1 month ago

sorry but this is bad, replace the song and the artist

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

I welcome rock in ESC but this is very weak. The only thing that could save it is an exceptional staging but I don’t see that happening.

Maybe the rock of this year must be entrusted to Circus Mircus from Georgia.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago

If the rumours of the YGL being involved with them is true, because I get big joke act vibes from Circus Mircus.

Leendert jan
Leendert jan
1 month ago

Bulgaria is the first country in a line of probably many that have a go at sending a rocky song with the title mentioned only once in the song to try to follow the success of “Zitti e buoni”. Alas, this lacks about everything that made Maneskin a strong entry: energy, freshness, youthful anger, charisma, any kind of buildup. This is the weakest entry we have had in years from Bulgaria, and no revamp in the world can save this from not qualifying.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
1 month ago

I really hope this will get a revamp

Eastman
Eastman
1 month ago

It builds up to a big chorus but when it gets there it falls flat. I’m thinking about Minus One and their song which got bigger and bigger. Even the Young Georgian Lotiaz did it better.

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
Reply to  Eastman

I agree. Absolutely average just like Minus One.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago

Kinda liked the song and loved the message at the end of the video but, unless there’s a revamp, this is almost surely an NQ 🙁
Edit: I could elaborate on why I like it and its flaws but there’s already comments that explain that better than I could

Last edited 1 month ago by Luc
Emkay
Emkay
1 month ago

It’s alright, but definitely not a very competitive song. It doesn’t have the “oomph” that is needed in most rock songs for Eurovision.

Louka
Louka
1 month ago

Special day today as it’s the first time since I follow Eurovision and all the pre-season that Albania isn’t the first country to deliver us his song for the contest in May. It feels strange in a way but it’s exciting at the same time because the calendar of national selection is already busy and sounds highly promising. About the Bulgarian song, I kinda like it as it immediately made me think to a K.T Tunstall style song but without her voice ofc which make the thing less interesting here. It’s a good song but how about a live performance… Read more »

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Louka

I beg to differ. Even though KT Tunstall is more on the pop side, her songs have a lot more energy to it, especially in the chorus.

Last edited 1 month ago by Nils
Irishfan
Irishfan
1 month ago

Wow. Now that’s an early release. All the rock vibes at the start are completely misplaced when the singing starts. That is not a rock song.

Pearli
Pearli
1 month ago

It sounds like a B side song from a rock band in the 90’s.

guyguya
guyguya
1 month ago

Umm..no!
Next!!!!!

Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

welp a non-event in every sense… they have such little faith in it that they haven’t even uploaded it on streaming services

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

You know it’s gonna be a good reading when you see 142 comments.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

I’m underwhelmed. I like the lyrics but overall it feels a bit like a cheap American noughties rock attempt. I usually like this kind of music but not enough energy for a rock song, chorus is weak. Needs a big revamp

Last edited 1 month ago by Leo M
Trocatroc
Trocatroc
1 month ago

I wasn’t expecting to but I really enjoyed it on first listen 🙂

musica
musica
1 month ago

It’s not awful, but from a band called Intelligent Music Project you expect something a little more daring and challenging than this. It seems they avoided any risks to appeal to a large enough audience… but the result is something that will appeal to no one.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Oh no.
I did not expect Bulgaria to flop?!

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago

This was underwhelming…sorry ;( At least they have time to revamp it.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

This will need Sasha Jean Baptiste …

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Just to qualify…

Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

for each sjb hit there’s three misses and i fear they’ll be misses with our without her

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

She did also Georgia in 2021 😀

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom
Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

makes sense as the staging was the only non-abysmal thing about that performance

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Well suddenly Bulgaria doesn’t seem like the sure qualifier they were for years..

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert
Giorgio
Giorgio
1 month ago

so disappointing, coming from Bulgaria. i hope this is not a sign of things to come this year…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Giorgio

Out of 36 countries that have to go through the semi finals, 16 of them have to be eliminated. Not every song can be a winner, and you need some weak songs in the contest because somebody has to stay behind. As disappointing as Bulgaria’s entry is, Let’s hope Bulgaria isn’t among the weakest For 2022.

Leendert jan
Leendert jan
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

let’s hope that they are, because if this is not among the weakest this year, we’ll have a terrible ESC on our hands in Turin!

Addie
Addie
1 month ago

It’s not that memorable or as powerful as Blind channel or Måneskin, but I probably shouldn’t compare. I feel like this leans more towards pop rock. I hope it gets a revamp and I hope Bulgaria qualifies!

Addie
Addie
1 month ago

It’s not really memorable. I feel this song leans more towards pop rock, but anyway, it’s not as powerful as Blind Channel or Måneskin. But I probably shouldn’t compare… I hope it

Helena
Helena
1 month ago

So random

West
West
1 month ago

It’s good, but quite forgetable. I don’t think this will stand out – not even if there were no other rock bands (and there most likely will be).

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

I suspect it will be revamped in the spring sometime before Turin.
But for now, I can’t. It will obviously be compared to Måneskin and Blind Channel but it just feels empty.
Sorry Bulgaria, shame because I know you can go better but for now, it’s a no for me.

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago

Feels uninspired. But kudos for the effort.

Laburnum
Laburnum
1 month ago

As a fan of rock this is really underwhelming. The chorus especially, it feels like it’s holding back.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Laburnum

That’s exactly what I said in the comment section. It’s not the worst song Bulgaria has sent, but it is certainly not the best and definitely not a winner for 2022.

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

I kind of feel this songs are three separate songs, none of them going anywhere. They are very early with their song, hope they’ll change it!

Mil
Mil
1 month ago

It’s so outdated that even the child plays ps4 instead of ps5 :p Anyways, good luck on May!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Mil

It’s more realistic than a ps5 since it’s so hard to find one 😉

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It’s not that hard but it’s very very expensive even here in Mexico, where it’s usually cheaper than most places.

Giorgio
Giorgio
1 month ago
Reply to  Mil

lol that was my first thought as well

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Eurovision 2022 starts with a bang then! This has an authentic 80s rock sound, filled with a catchy chorus, driving beat and killer guitar solo. I am really pleased that this is in the competition. It bodes well for hopefully a diverse and compelling competition!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

It’s clear to me they’re a skilled group of musicians, but they all feel underplayed, because as many here already pointed this song feels so tamed, especially for a rock one. The guitar solo, the drums, the vague message of the lyrics, everything sounds rehashed. I complain when basic pop songs do that, so I see it as just basic rock. About its chances to qualify, it’s still early to tell, but I fear Bulgaria will depend too much on the “dad vote”.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

For sure, there are young people who consume old school rock too. But will they feel the appeal for this one? Because Maneskin had the glam and classic rock angle, Blind Channel had the nu-metal angle, AWS was metal shaped under modern influences and all of them sounded like fresh takes on older sub-genres. This time is a veteran band doing something typical from their own generation. Even if we go back in time and think about Lordi or Wig Wam, they had fun aesthetics that could attract people from all ages and backgrounds. Sadly, I have trouble seeing the… Read more »

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Maneskin, Blind Channel, Lordi and Wig Wag had powerful songs that were complemented with a quality staging. Eurovision is not only about the ear, it’s also about the eye.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

True. This band doesn’t seem to have a particular identity which is something that counts a lot in Eurovision, so Bulgaria will have to find a way to make the entry interesting to the eyes, otherwise it will be just a random band playing.

Jack Clare
Jack Clare
1 month ago

i really want to like this but the chorus just falls so flat i feel like it throws off the whole feel of the song.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Clare

The chorus is the weakest part of this song. It feels like it’s holding back.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
1 month ago

On a positive note, the fact that the Bulgarians released this song so early gives me hope that they might make major changes to the song or create an entirely new song (similar to what Albania did in 2015). Otherwise the song as it stands right now is dead on arrival at Eurovision.

MTD
MTD
1 month ago

Olivia Rodrigo called.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  MTD

I can see her sampling this in her next album lol

Matt Church
Matt Church
1 month ago

Meh. Hopefully we are not going to get too many more uninteresting rock songs sent to Torino.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

All right, we’ve got our first Eurovision 2022 song! Usually Bulgaria is one of the last countries to reveal their song in March, but this time they’re first and get the top 1 video treatment. So what I do think of “Intention”? If Maneskin is a sharp dagger, this song is a prop knife in comparison–looks threatening and dangerous, but ultimately harmless. It starts off promising and has an epic guitar riff in the middle, but for a classic sounding rock song, it’s surprisingly bland, safe and forgettable. Not every rock song is gonna be great, and Bulgaria sadly picked… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I agree it will not win but I think it’s our first qualifier. And it’s very certainly better than Blind Channel which for me was derivative and overrated. Stand by for lots of this which I think means an understated ballad will win in 2022.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

This