BNT Eurovision has tweeted this morning that the national broadcaster of Bulgaria is not planning to return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The host nation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is not planning on returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest according to a tweet this morning. Bulgaria did not take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, due to internal changes at the broadcaster removing the time needed to organise participation in Tbilisi.
Bulgaria’s withdrawal from the contest was triggered by an election to select the new Director General of BNT. As a result of the election which was held at the end of August, the broadcaster did not have the time necessary to sort out all of the procedures to select a singer and song for the competition.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore, the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
Confirmed to participate in the contest so far is:
Source: BNT Eurovision
Bulgaria debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. The country has never won the contest, and their best entry comes from 2014, when Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim and their song “Planet of the Children” placed 2nd with 147 points. Bulgaria then went on to host the 2015 contest, in the capital Sofia. Their worst result was in 2008, when Krestiana Kresteva and her song “Edna Mechta” placed 15th with 15 points. Bulgaria have withdrawn multiple times from the contest, and were absent from 2009-2010, and 2012-2013