BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has confirmed that they will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Bulgaria has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The confirmation came via the BNT Eurovision Twitter account. The broadcaster had earlier confirmed, then withdrawn their participation due to the selection of a new Director General. During July and August, BNT was forced to rescind their participation in the contest, while elections were select a new Director General. Following the selection of Konstantin Kamenarov at the end of August, the board at the broadcaster has been discussing whether to participate in Eurovision 2018.
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.
Since their return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, BNT has opted for internal selections focusing on artists and producers able to partially fund their participation in the contest. This saw Bulgaria qualify for the final in both 2016 and 2017. With Kristian Kostov finishing second this year in Kyiv with the song “Beautiful Mess”. Kristian returned to Bulgaria as a hero and was widely praised for bringing Bulgaria their best result ever.
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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.