A panel made up of both music professionals and fans helping Bulgaria in selecting their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 have narrowed the selection of 13 projects down to three.
In scoring the 13 projects the jurors were asked to mark the songs according to a scale of zero to ten with scores that best fitted the quality of the songs. The scores split songs into 5 categories (Awful, Below Average, Average, Excellent, Amazing):
- Amazing (10): an entry with great chances to win the contest;
- Excellent (7, 8, 9): an entry likely to make it to the TOP 5 and likely to win;
- Average (4, 5, 6): an entry expected to qualify to the Grand Final, but finish outside the TOP 10;
- Below Average (1, 2, 3): an entry expected to qualify to the Grand Final, but would most probably miss out;
- Awful (0): an entry that would not appeal to viewers and therefore should not be considered;
The 13 projects received an average mark of 4,84 while the three highlighted projects received above 7,50 each.
The next step in finding the next Bulgarian Eurovision entry is to discuss the current results with the respective producers. The final choice will depend upon a number of factors, the potential for further development of each project and stage concept being named as one of the leading aspects under consideration.
All 13 song titles have 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.