Bulgaria Intelligent Music Project Intention Eurovision 2022
EBU / Andres Putting
Another one bites the dust. The morning after Montenegro publicly announced it was withdrawing from Eurovision, Bulgaria has done the same.
 
In a direct message sent to OGAE Greece, the broadcaster’s official Twitter account said:
 
“Bulgaria will not be taking part at Eurovision 2023 and most probably in the future editions as well. After analysis it was decided that this program does not present an interest for the broadcaster any longer.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The broadcaster has endured financial setbacks in recent years. Its most recent participation — with Intelligent Music Project — was funded by the group themselves. 
 
They finished 16th of 17th in Semi-Final 1 with the song “Intention,” which was widely panned by fans and critics alike. 
 
Bulgaria has known both highs and lows in the contest. Between 2008 and 2013, it failed to qualify for the grand final six times running. But in its next four appearances it managed to place fourth, second, 14th and 11th in the final — a record many countries would envy.
 
 
But winds blow fast in Bulgaria. The fickle feelings of the broadcaster’s management and Intelligent Music Project’s sub-par result have clearly made an impact, as seen in their curt and somewhat dismissive statement above. 
 
What do you think of Bulgaria’s withdrawal? Do you think they’ll be back any time soon? Let us know down below!

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Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

Since the only “confirmation” we still have on Bulgaria’s withdrawal is this message to a foreign section of OGAE, I’d say that either BNT is really bad at communication or that it remains to be seen whether this is really official. Should the list of participating countries be published soon by the EBU?

noqueen
noqueen
1 month ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

believe me they are really B A D at communication and we’re all gonna see it as a proof once the lineup is released

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 month ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Apparently BNT never officially confirmed withdrawal and they have never even actually commented on what they are planning to do, apart from these random messages on social networks, that it’s unclear who has been actually sending them.
The list will be announced this week so it remains to be seen, but I expect to see Bulgaria in the list of participating countries given that the official website has already reported the withdrawal of Montenegro and North Macedonia and the deadline for withdrawals (without penalty that is) has already expired.

Bart
Bart
1 month ago

Bulgaria, because you did not like last year result, doesn’t mean you can’t do good this year. We had the same in The Netherlands missing the grand final for years and then we had succes again and then the interest will be back for sure!

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Ugh. This probably means the song will be in English. Bummer.

At least he’s hot, though.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Oops. Wrong article. I was referring to the guy who’s going to represent Cyprus.

polaris
polaris
1 month ago

Hey guys,
Has Bulgaria done a U-turn on their participation? The BBC’s only reporting Montenegro and North Macedonia as having withdrawn…

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  polaris

Yeah what’s up with that?!

Paul Sutton
Paul Sutton
1 month ago

Pathetic for years.my grandchildren have no interest whatsoever

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

As William described the tweet as “curt and somewhat dismissive,” this makes me wonder if there will even be an official statement at all. It’s a sad situation for the music and musicians of Bulgaria.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

It’s difficult for poorer nations. If they do badly, they are humiliated, if they win, they have to find millions to stage next year’s contest.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

ESCPortugal: Answer from the bulgarian delegation: ”We don’t have any official information or statement about our participation (or withdraw) from ESC 2023”.

Preslav
Preslav
1 month ago

Can’t a different broadcaster with more money (such as btv or nova) fund the project? I mean it doesn’t need to be the national broadcast or does it?

Fiki
Fiki
1 month ago
Reply to  Preslav

It does.
It has to be EBU member. BTV and Nova are not. Therefore it is only BNT

Mike elliot
Mike elliot
1 month ago

Mike elliot
right now
Awaiting for approval
No longer interested because everyone has realised and come to terns with the fact it’s a con and has been for years.
You only have to listen to the absolute rubbish they play .

Plastic Scouser
Plastic Scouser
1 month ago

I think the real reason for countries pulling out is the fact that they can’t afford the sky high hotel prices we now have in liverpool!

Ctowner
Ctowner
1 month ago

Prices for participating countries aren’t anything like what the public are finding.

In fact, the sky high prices are (partially) a symptom of the system put in place to ensure adequate, reasonably priced accomodation so that Eurovision can actually take place.

Of course that doesn’t help people wanting to watch the shows…we just have to hope public transport can be sorted by then…fat chance of that too!

Plastic Scouser
Plastic Scouser
1 month ago
Reply to  Ctowner

Try telling that to the fans who have had bookings cancelled and told they can rebook at sky high prices. Greed, pure greed that…

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

I kind of expected this, the broadcaster has been struggling financially for years. I just hope they don’t stay out for too long, I really was expecting them to win soon 🙁

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

I still don’t understand where is the official statement?!?

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Good riddance

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

…to you. 😉

Lin
Lin
1 month ago

Too expensive. Accommodation in Liverpool has risen already. Heard on the news that some hotel owners have cancelled bookings that some people made weeks ago so they can hike up the prices to make a fortune. Sheer greed. I know that the hospitality sector was in difficulty, but this I taking it too far. I remember 1974 when Abba won I was only 11 yes old and watched it with family and friends. Took 2-3 hours. Now it’s just got ridiculous and also a way to spread COVID!! due to crowds… it’s still about. Why every year? Why not every… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Lin

Well 1974 was before the end of the Cold War, Lin. Then there were 17 countries competing, now it’s more than double that. But perhaps there is a case to have, say, the big 5 competing every year and smaller EBU contributors every two, three or four years. That would save money and we’d still have a sizeable event.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  Lin

I don’t really understand why you are are on this site, reading articles if that’s your view about eurovision

Philip Wester
1 month ago
Reply to  Lin

The FIFA World Cup sees several dozen games played at each world cup across over 100 hours with huge stadiums seating more people than most Eurovision events.

Way more total time spent than 3 nights of Eurovision annually for 4 years.

Lin
Lin
1 month ago

When is this Euro contest going to stop?

Me Me
Me Me
1 month ago
Reply to  Lin

Until there’s money to be made by the organizers, it won’t stop. it’s the same thing all over again, every year. I really don’t know how people haven’t gotten enough of it yet. I mean, it’s the same thing EVERY year. We’re not talking every five years here. EVERY YEAR .

Marion Mcsporran
Marion Mcsporran
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

It’s really simple though, if you don’t like it don’t watch it, there’s about a million other channels out there for you to be watching. Personally I love it but if I didn’t I wouldn’t be wasting my time complaining about it, I just wouldn’t watch it!

Stephen smith
Stephen smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Lin

Why should it stop its went on for years and it get the whole of Europe together every year its a celebration of unity for everyone to enjoy.

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

That’s what you get when you are financially broken and don’t follow the EBU guidelines. It’s surprising the broadcaster didn’t try to get the money earlier given the fact that they know they are broken. It’s a bit sad because their entries since they came back have been really good (except for “Intention”). Also, Ukraine win surely didn’t help either.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

Why? Because without Ukraine ‘Intention’ would have won?

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

No, because it shows there’s always a risk that a song would win on account of something that no broadcaster can match – and if so, why invest?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan

Why take a risk and end up paying the bills anyway? It’s likely that in 2023 either Ukraine or a big 5 country will win or the contest may not even take place in 2024.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Jeez, it’s not crazy to think that can happen and it’d be the worst way for Eurovision to end 🙁

With Common Sense
With Common Sense
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Ukraine winning was a laughing stock. No surprise countries are leaving if they know they’ll vote one way and their results would show something predetermined

Akira
Akira
1 month ago

It’s so sad that North Macedonia, Bulgaria & Montenegro will not participate in 2023. These countries have really made good performances in the past years as well.
I really pray that the three countries will return in 2024.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Akira

Bulgaria had a great results.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

Official statement?

Joi
Joi
1 month ago
Reply to  Stan

That’s it, that’s about as official as they are going to get. They don’t owe anyone anything more.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Joi

Huh…

George
1 month ago

They are skint

Rumen
Rumen
1 month ago
Reply to  George

This silly contest is absolutely political and is worthless for the music.
The win of Ukraine is pure because of the war.
And this not helping no-one.

With Common Sense
With Common Sense
1 month ago
Reply to  Rumen

Precisely. It brought the contest into disrepute.

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
1 month ago

They got a point though. The broadcaster spent lots of money on it but what do they really get from this, especially under this economic mess? Yes. The artist gain their fame if they do well but what else? Yes. A good diplomatic way to show talents of a country but what if the rating is bad though. It’s like a suicide to a broadcaster which got little money and we know it’s really hard for medias to make money today.

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
1 month ago

Wow the ruling out of participating in future editions and the rest of the announcement just smacks of pure petulant and self entitled behaviour! Sore losers much…

Gancho GANCHEV
Gancho GANCHEV
1 month ago

Noncense, Bulgarians enjoy and want to be part of Eurovision. Weather they will find money to finance the event and support the Bulgarian singer is the problem here.
For me, the reason is that the presenter wanted to safe money. That is it.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Gancho GANCHEV

Whether

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

I will actually miss Bulgaria. They have sent some great entries in recent years, Poli Genova was one of my potential winners in 2016.

While yes, 2022 was sub par, I just assumed that “you can’t be good every year” and expected them to come back strong in 2023.
Sad fir them to even rule out future editions too, as I really thought Sofia would be hosting a future Eurovision sooner rather than later.
M hope they don’t stay away too long.

Me Me
Me Me
1 month ago

Can Albania withdraw next? You know they’ll be sending another boring balad.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

Because last year was?

Me Me
Me Me
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Exactly. They won’t be sending that mess again. Back to boring balads.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

Wow. Thanks for speaking for everybody.
Last year aside, Albania is usually my favourite ESC country (or at worst, in my top five)…but oh no, because YOU find it boring, they should withdraw.

Geez. Leave Albania alone to send what they want and stick to your Swedish music or whatever it is that you prefer.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

wiwibloggs really is full of Kremlin trolls and morons these days, isn’t it?

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

Every country brings in something good sooner or later. “Suus” was pure pleasure.

Agnes James
Agnes James
1 month ago
Reply to  Me Me

Seeing as most Albanians have now emigrated to the UK they won’t need to enter lol

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago

I am very disappointed. ‘Intention’ was the first Bulgarian song I disliked. I like all their other songs. Or at least think they’re not too bad. I wish they would keep participating. Despite their realisation that they weren’t anywhere soon going to win the contest, regardless of how much effort they would put or how much money or how great their songs would be. If they kept participating, they would be showing they truly love the contest and one day they would be allowed to win too.

Joey
Joey
1 month ago

Their songs have lacked personality and 2016 onwards everything has had such a plastic tone to them, but yeah I’m sure song rejects will find their new home somewhere else.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

I agree with Bulgaria and more nations hopefully follow.
It has becomed hijacked by politics,in a way it never has before,and is merely an extreme left wing propaganda event.
good luck to the nations paying thousands of euros to take part,not to mention those paying hundreds for hotels in liverpool,and all for a contest we already probably know the result.its just a circus now that no one with an ounce of common sense could take sereiously

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

What will be the result Paul? Top five will do. I’ll take note.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

I’ll tell you. Ukraine will win. It’s a no brainer.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

We’ll see. I think they’ll do well because the country always has great acts and stagings. But I think another country’s entry will capture people’s imagination in Liverpool.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

My sweet summer child.

Pineaple
Pineaple
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Why are you here then if its such a bad thing? If you hated it this much you wouldn’t be on a site dedicated to it.

Agnes James
Agnes James
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Every event, sport or otherwise is now politicised. Boycott the lot

Yana
Yana
1 month ago

Sad news. Bulgaria has great artists and they will be missed next year.

Fiki
Fiki
1 month ago

As a bulgarian and fan this makes me sad! ESC has always been very expensive luxury for Eastern European countries. With that said for all of you to understand how they got here you have to look back at the last 7 years… After many bad results Bulgaria’s interest in the contest was off until in 2014 Krisia won 2’nd place in JESC and brought the contest to Sofia in 2015. Krisia was very famous at that point in the country and the interest in the contest increased again pushing BNT’ CEO Mrs Ankova to confirm participation in 2016 ESC… Read more »

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Fiki

This is sad…I really will miss Bulgaria!

prinpoleon
prinpoleon
1 month ago
Reply to  Stan
if the 2020 contest would not have been canceled Victoria could have won, and maybe Bulgaria´s fate would have been different
Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago

That’s sad, i really adored Bulgarias entries(except this year),
Poli Genova and Victoria were one of my favorite entries ever!
Each year i was always excited to see what they can come up with next

Roo
Roo
1 month ago

All the comments here are missing the point. The economic situation is not good and Eurovision is very expensive. The EBU should be looking at how to reduce expenses.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Roo

This is so true! We live in an uncertain world.

CRAIG
CRAIG
1 month ago

Bless, BNT never quite got over their little tantrum when the ‘super group’ they put together to win in 2018 after being runner up the previous year completely tanked.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  CRAIG

Craig, EQUINOX weren’t a “supergroup”. They were a common framework. Get it right, please.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

Odds put Bulgaria as the winner of the contest in 2018 even before the artist and song were known.

The group were presented in the specialized media as the second coming of the JC superstar.

Same modus operandi for other acts from Bulgaria starting around 2017. It did not happen the same in 2022.

Meme
Meme
1 month ago

Just change the horrible CEO of BnT ffs

Andy
Andy
1 month ago

Welcome to the Turkey-Hungary club, sad 🙁
I don’t want to believe that they lost interest because they have received many good results in the near past. Also they were at their closest point to win in only 2 years ago. Maybe this could a promo for a potential 2024 comeback because this “losing interest” doesn’t make sense at all!

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy

They will come back next year. I hope so…Just like it was in 2019. And 2020 was their year!

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 month ago

They will come back eventually. Administration will change and so will their approach to the contest. Same with Montenegro and North Macedonia. Typical Balkan stuff. They just needed a break and usually a break is good when interest has faded.

beccaboo1212
1 month ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

I hope you’re right.

1998
1998
1 month ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

But Montenegro is taking a break again. Remember 2021, they were also out then. This year they participated, but like they didn’t participate.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Eurovision no longer being a contest but rather a pity fest, I would withdraw too.

Sellenya
Sellenya
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Why are you still watching then? There is a word for it…

beccaboo1212
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Hater alert!!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

If it was a pity contest, then IMP would’ve won.
I’ve never felt more sorry for an act at Eurovision as I did them!

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

It’s been five months dude, get over it

Ben
Ben
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Please do Karl

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

They weren’t interested since they picked IMP anyways.

Esc43
Esc43
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

They picked IMP because it was the group which could afford ALL the costs of the participation.. BNT has not money to give for Eurovision since 2019.. And Victoria’s entries in 2020/21 were also fund by sponsors

Esc
Esc
1 month ago

This honestly annoys me. I feel like they’re sulking because of their result last year despite the fact that they’ve done really well from 2016-2021, with 2018 being their lowest result in that time. I wonder if it was the same reason for withdrawing from jesc.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc

Yea..

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago

It’s a shame.

beccaboo1212
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

You’re right, Jonny. All I wanted was for Bulgaria to win at least once. “Intention” was heavily underrated and deserved better.

Helena's
1 month ago

Wow
I mean a couple of years ago they wanted to win, and now they are snobbing it.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Thank you Bulgaria for the effort you put in the contest after coming back to it in 2016. Hopefully we’ll see you again.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

I can’t believe BNT has no interest in ESC any more, seeing how it is one of it’s highest rated shows each year. Especially JESC. Does that affect JESC too?
I find it fishy, to just announce we are fed up with it. I think they will sit out for next year and somebody who had a bad Friday just added more stuff to it..

beccaboo1212
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

I highly doubt BNT’s lack of interest affects Junior Eurovision.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

Ok this becomes really more weird when you read a bit more into this. Can this really be true? I’m not an insider on how things work at BNT, but announcing your withdrawal through a Twitter DM to an OGAE section, written in a way that sounds like someone at BNT was just having a rough Friday? I feel like it remains to be seen whether this really will turn out to be true.

(Then again: I thought that Intention was a joke too when they announced it, so I guess you never know with the Bulgarians…)

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
1 month ago

Sorry, but I do not believe in the translation of the Bulgarian public television that there is no interest, it was enough to ask Virginia Records and it would be after the topic, because Dara or Mihaela both want to Eurovision and have a lot of comments on Eurovision under the songs, in my opinion Bulgaria itself has an unstable political situation now, after the fourth election, it is worse than it was and the specter of the next fifth elections is even worse, the country has 18% inflation and a lack of European funds, what is worse, the pro-Russian… Read more »

nick
nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

That is no pro-russian majority in bulgarian parliament!The largest parties conservator and liberals.also the turkish minority party and the another liberal party are pro western.The present gen director of Bnt- former anticomunist disident don t like Eurovision at all.You in Croatia,like the romanians like to think that you are more special than bulgarians.That s no true!

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

This is just weird, they had some great results quite recently and high quality entries. I hope it’s more of a money issue and that they will be back soon. It looks like the field in Liverpool will be about as big as in Copenhagen.

azaad
azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Bulgaria withdrew in 2019 and then came back fairly quickly with Victoria (and I don’t think they withdrew from Tel Aviv out of Palestinian solidarity), so if they can get an act that can fund themselves they’ll be back soon, especially since unlike Montenegro and North Macedonia they’ve come very close to winning quite recently.

1998
1998
1 month ago
Reply to  azaad

They withdrew in 2019 because of lack of sponsors. Same reason they are withdrawing now.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

They don’t care for the contest like they don’t care that their Twitter got hacked and starting posting that Kristian Kostov will represent them last year. Apparently certain administrations prefer to use public money for… questionable causes.

Una
Una
1 month ago

A broadcaster that states the contest is no longer of interest to them? Really? Ouch.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

I don’t know what to think about this…We remember the drama with their twitter account this spring. It was fake. So…

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Stan

?heir twitter account has been deleted. There’s no information on their facebook page. I’m so confused.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

It’s a shame, but they said the same thing in 2019 so who knows