Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Bulgaria
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) 13 March 2017
Selected entrant Kristian Kostov
Selected song « Beautiful Mess« 
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Bulgaria will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in Kiev, Ukraine. The Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that they would continue to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest. BNT announced on 13 March 2017 that they had internally selected Kristian Kostov with the song « Beautiful Mess« .

Background

Prior to the 2017 contest, Bulgaria had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest ten times since its first entry in 2005.[1] The nation achieved their best result in the contest in 2007 with the song « Water » performed by Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov, which placed fifth. To this point, their 2007 entry is also the only Bulgarian entry to have qualified to the Eurovision final; the nation had failed to qualify to the final with their other eight entries. In 2013, the Bulgarian broadcaster internally selected Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov to once again represent the nation as they were the only act that managed to qualify Bulgaria to the final. However, their song « Samo shampioni » failed to qualify, making it the sixth consecutive qualification failure for the country.

The Bulgarian national broadcaster, Bulgarian National Television (BNT), broadcasts the event within Bulgaria and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. In the past, BNT had alternated between both internal selections and national finals in order to select the Bulgarian entry. After consistently being present for every contest since their debut in 2005, the Bulgarian broadcaster announced in November 2013 that the country would not participate in the 2014 contest citing an expensive participation fee and limited funds due to budget cuts as reasons for their decision.[2] Limited finances also prevented the broadcaster from returning in 2015.[3][4] After a two-year absence, BNT confirmed Bulgaria’s return at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[5]

Before Eurovision

On 27 September 2016, BNT announced that they were awaiting approval from the broadcaster’s board members, in regards to participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[6] Two days later and provisional confirmation was announced.[7] On 17 December 2016, BNT published via Twitter that they were opting to select their participant internally once more.[8] On 22 December 2016, the national broadcaster launched their search for their entrant for the contest.[9] On 25 January 2017, BNT confirmed that they had made a shortlist of six participants.[10] On 13 March 2017, it was announced that Bulgaria would be represented by Kristian Kostov with the song « Beautiful Mess« , and will be performed in the second half of the second semifinal on 11 May 2017.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ « Bulgaria Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Luke (22 November 2013). « Bulgaria: BNT not entering in 2014 ». escXtra.com. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (10 October 2014). « Bulgaria: BNT will not participate in Eurovision 2015 ». esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (19 December 2014). « Bulgaria: BNT will not participate in Eurovision 2015 ». esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ « България ще участва на Евровизия 2016 в Стокхолм ». bnt.bg (in Bulgarian). BNT. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (27 September 2016). « Bulgaria BNT board needs to approve Eurovision 2017 participation ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (29 September 2016). « Bulgaria participation provisionally confirmed for Eurovision 2017 ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony (17 December 2016). « Bulgaria internal selection expected for 2017 ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (22 December 2016). « Bulgaria BNT makes call for Eurovision 2017 entry ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (27 January 2017). « Bulgaria six projects shortlisted for Eurovision selection ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (13 March 2017). « Nulgaria Kristian Kostov to perform at Eurovision 2017 ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Granger, Anthony (13 March 2017). « Bulgaria releases « Beautiful Mess » for Eurovision 2017″. eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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