Bulgaria will officially launch their process to select their next Eurovision entrant tomorrow at 08:00 CET.
Bulgarian broadcaster BNT has revealed on their official Twitter account that they will be launching their Eurovision selection process tomorrow morning. This news follows the announcement that Bulgaria will once again be internally selecting their participant.
Tomorrow at 08:00 CET we will launch the Bulgarian selection for Lisbon #Eurovision
— BNT Eurovision ???????? (@bg_eurovision) November 13, 2017
From tomorrow onwards artists, music labels or professional teams can send in their demo tracks to email@example.com. The deadline for submission is the 20th of December 2017. Performers must be of Bulgarian descent and must have past experience on stage. BNT are looking for performers with “Team spirit, a talent for music, and a worthy message to share with the world”. Producers, songs, performers and stage concepts must meet certain criteria, which can be found here.
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.
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.