BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has revealed that they have received more than 250 applications in the last 24 hours for their fan focus group.
Vasil Ivanov, the head of press for the Bulgarian delegation for Eurovision, tweeted that almost all of the team members have Eurovision fan backgrounds. Applications to be part of the focus group will be accepted up until Sunday January 7 2018. Interested applicants simply have to reply to the original tweet on BNT Eurovision Twitter page explaining what would make them a perfect candidate.
Anybody from across the world is eligible to submit their application for the focus group. In order to be considered, applicants must follow the BNT Eurovision account as well as have a creative mind and being a modern and dynamic person. BNT are in search for both super fans of Eurovision as well as casual viewers so as to make sure the selected entry suits the musical taste of the full viewing audience.
It has not currently been announced how many jury members they are looking for but shortlisted candidates will be contacted with further information at a later date.
This process will not be televised as once again Bulgaria have opted for an internal selection. BNT have not run a national selection since 2012. There are 13 entries currently being considered to be sent to Lisbon as Bulgaria’s entry. The song titles have all been made public however the actual song themselves have not been released, neither has information on artists behind these songs.
BNT are using this process to build upon their recent success at the contest. Following a string of poor performances and non-qualification, Bulgaria reached the final in 2016 and finished in 4th Place with Poli Genova’s ‘If Love Was a Crime’. This was their best result at the contest so far until just one year later when in 2017 Kristian Kostov bettered this with his song ‘Beautiful Mess’ finishing in second place.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.