Bulgaria is provisionally confirmed as participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
BNT the national broadcaster of Bulgaria is provisionally confirmed as participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The broadcaster is still awaiting approval from the Board of BNT to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This approval will need to come before October 10th, after this point BNT would be likely to face financial sanctions from the EBU, as seen by Lebanon in 2005.
At the 2016 contest in Stockholm Bulgaria had their best result to date. The country was represented by Poli Genova and the song “If Love Was A Crime”, finishing in 4th place in the final with 307 points. 2016 saw Bulgaria make only their second final in their Eurovision history, the first being in 2007 when Elitsa & Stoyan finished 5th with the song “Water”.
To date a total of 38 countries have stated their intention to compete or have shown an interest in taking to the stage in Kyiv. Portugal has stated their intention to return to the contest, while Romania looks likely to return having filed the paperwork necessary to compete. A number of countries are still yet to publicly state whether they will be participating they are; Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and San Marino. It is not yet known if Australia has been invited to participate again in 2017.