The Bulgarian Head of Delegation has stated that BNT will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, despite Equinox not meeting expectations in Lisbon.
Bulgaria’s national broadcaster, BNT will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the foreseeable future, according to the nations Head of Delegation. The HoD’s comments came after Equinox finished 14th in the final with 166 points, considerably lower than had been expected.
Joana Levieva-Sawyer said in a statement that;
BNT will continue to take part at Eurovision and to help in all possible ways our musicians to take advantage of that big stage. Our goal is to continue contributing to the quality of the contest as much as we can.
Reacting to the results on Saturday night she added;
We don’t feel injustice with the result, becuse there was a very strong competition this year. It seems that our song was one of those which you should be listening to more than once to truly appreciate
Ms Levieva-Sawyer added about the winner that;
Israel won because ordinary people were able get behind her message. It was a statement that an ordinary person can be also a star. That’s a clash with the established opinion that you should be perfect in order to make a career
Equinox were 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.
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.