“Bones,” performed by the group EQUINOX, Bulgaria’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has finally been released.
The group EQUINOX is composed of five vocalists: Zhana Bergendorff, a Bulgarian singer/songwriter who won the 2013 edition of X Factor Bulgaria; Vlado Mihailov, Bulgarian singer/songwriter, the frontman of the bands Safo and Sleng; Georgi Simeonov, a Bulgarian singer, songwriter and producer who debuted in the Bulgarian boy band 032; Johnny Manuel, an American singer who gained popularity from America’s Got Talent 2017; and Trey Campbell, also an American singer who has written songs for singers like Bebe Rexha, Julie Bergen, and Alexandra Stan.
Listen to the song with the lyric video below:
As with this year’s Austrian entry, Cesár Sampson’s “Nobody But You,” Bulgaria’s entry this year was co-produced by Symphonix International, a collective of music producers from Vienna. The writing team behind the song is made up of Borislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Joacim Persson and Dag Lundberg. Meanwhile, Kobalt Music UK will be behind the international distribution of the song.
After months of hints and teasers, the title and the performer for Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2018 act was revealed yesterday night, while the official EQUINOX Instagram page posted photos of the group’s silhouettes. In December, BNT revealed that Bones would be “dark,” a “soulful ballad,” with “deep emotions” and a “powerful chorus.”
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.
SOURCE: BNT, Eurovision.tv
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.