BNT of Bulgaria has announced that six projects have been shortlisted as potential participants in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The Bulgarian national broadcaster, BNT has announced this evening that a total of six projects have now been shortlisted in their selection process. Bulgaria made a call in December looking for Record labels or Producers who will bring the full package of artist and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Those interested were asked to provide a demo song, artist/s, stage concept, draft budget and partial funding. The deadline for submissions passed on January 20.
The six projects will now be presented to an international focus group who will together with an internal commission at BNT select the countries entrant for Kyiv. The names of six projects will not be announced by the Bulgarian national broadcaster. It has however been confirmed that the Bulgarian entry will be performed in English, with one possible entry containing a few words in Bulgarian. The date on which the Bulgarian participant for this years contest in Kyiv will be announced has not yet been revealed.
Bulgaria will be internally selected both their song and singer for the contest for the second year in a row. For the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Poli Genova was selected with the song “If Love Was a Crime”. She brought Bulgaria back into a Eurovision final for the first time since 2007, and finished 4th overall the countries best result to date.
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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”. Bulgaria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2005. The country competed annually from 2005 to 2013, before withdrawing for two years due to financial issues.