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BNT has confirmed that Bulgaria will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 next May in Portugal.

Following their second place finish in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, BNT the national broadcaster of Bulgaria has announced that they will be participating in next years contest. Kristian Kostov performed “Beautiful Mess” in slot number 25 in the Grand Final of this years contest. He finished 2nd with both the public and the jury, scoring a total of 615 points.

Bulgaria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and has gone on to compete in a further eleven editions of the contest. Before their return to the competition in 2016, Bulgaria had only once managed to reach the final. In 2007 Elitsa & Stoyan finished 5th in the final with the song “Water”. Bulgaria continued to compete in the contest until 2013, when the broadcaster withdrew due to financial issues.

On Bulgaria’s return to the contest last year, Poli Genova was internally selected to represent the country in Stockholm, Sweden. She had previously represented Bulgaria in 2011 but failed to make the final. In Stockholm, Poli performed the song “If Love Was A Crime” , she took Bulgaria to only their second final and finished 4th in the final.

Already today Norway has opened their search for next years Eurovision Song Contest. In addition to Norway and Bulgaria the following countries have confirmed or expressed an interest in participating in Eurovision 2018:

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Portugal – Host nation
  • Russia
  • Spain

Source: Eurovision Bulgaria

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At the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, 17-year-old Kristian Kostov finished in second place in the Grand Final, bringing Bulgaria their best ever result. 2017 saw Bulgaria make only their third 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.
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