It’s Equinox with the song “Bones” for Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
BNT, Bulgaria’s national broadcaster, finally revealed their entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in a tweet earlier this evening:
.@EquinoxBulgaria will fly the flag for Bulgaria in Lisbon! The song "Bones" will be presented at 07:30 CET. Follow the social media of Equinox and BNT Eurovision Bulgaria to find out who hinds "in to the unknown" and to listen to "Bones" first! #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/YsYbpL7uTm
— BNT Eurovision ???????? (@bg_eurovision) March 11, 2018
BNT has also revealed that the chosen act, both artist and song, will be revealed tomorrow morning at 07:30 CET. The team behind the song is made up of Borislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Joacim Persson and Dag Lundberg. Milanov and Persson were also on the team behind last year’s Bulgarian entry, “Beautiful Mess,” sung by Kristian Kostov, and Bulgaria’s 2016 entry, “If Love Was a Crime,” sung by Poli Genova.
In December, BNT revealed that Bones would be “dark,” a “soulful ballad,” with “deep emotions” and a “powerful chorus.”
— BNT Eurovision ???????? (@bg_eurovision) December 30, 2017
Late last year, Bulgaria launched its Eurovision selection. From the submissions, 13 songs were shortlisted, including their eventual selection, “Bones.” Judging panels composed of both fans and experts in the music industry helped in the selection.
BNT used 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.