BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has revealed its broadcast plans for the week that Eurovision 2020 would have been held.
Starting from May 12, BNT will be rebroadcasting past Eurovision contests on BNT 1 which feature some of the successes of Bulgaria over the years. These contests are:
- May 12 – 20:00 CEST: Eurovision 2007 (Bulgaria qualified for the final for the first time and finished in fifth place)
- May 13 – 20:00 CEST: Eurovision 2016 (Bulgaria return to the contest after a three-year absence and finish fourth in the final)
- May 14 – 19:00 CEST: Junior Eurovision 2015 (The contest is hosted in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and is the first Eurovision contest to ever be held in Bulgaria)
- May 15 – 20:00 CEST: Eurovision 2017 (Bulgaria finishes second, their best ever result in Eurovision history)
On May 16 at 20:00 CEST, BNT 1 will air “Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light” live alongside the other 40 broadcasters that were due to take part in Eurovision 2020. The show will pay tribute to the forty one acts who had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020 and feature past Eurovision participants. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
BNT are also organising a public vote to determine Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2020 winner. Voting will take place through the BNT1 app from May 11 and will remain open during Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light. Voting through the app is completely free. The broadcaster has not announced how it reveal the winner of the Bulgarian vote, or if any additional programming is planned.
Victoria was due to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam with “Tears Getting Sober”. BNT have already confirmed that Victoria will represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Source: Eurovision Bulgaria
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.