BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has announced that Sacha Jean-Baptiste will be the stage director for the Bulgarian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
BNT has stated that they hope for a “modern, stylish and visually appealing staging”. This is not the first time that Sacha Jean-Baptiste will work on the staging of a Bulgarian entry. She was behind the staging for “Beautiful Mess” by Kristian Kostov, which finished second in last year’s contest in Kyiv.
Sacha Jean-Baptiste has been involved in the stage direction of multiple Eurovision entries since 2015, including four entries in 2017. She previously worked with the Cypriot delegation in 2016 when they were represented by the band Minus One in Stockholm.
EQUINOX was selected to represent Bulgaria in Lisbon with the song “Bones”. The group 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.
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.
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.