Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||National Final (2005–2009, 2011–2012)
Internal Selection (2010, 2013)
|Appearances||9 (1 final)|
|Best result||5th: 2007|
|Worst result||19th SF: 2005 SF|
|Bulgaria's page at Eurovision.tv|
History of Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgaria first competed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, represented by the jazz-inspired band Kaffe with their song "Lorraine". Receiving only 49 points, they placed 19th in the semi-final and failed to qualify to the final. They were succeeded by Mariana Popova with "Let Me Cry", however she also failed to qualify for the final, coming 17th with 36 points in the semi-final.
Bulgaria first qualified for the final in 2007 when Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov performed the song "Water" (Bulgarian: Voda/Вода). This was the first Bulgarian language song to compete in the contest, and was also the first, and so far only, Bulgarian song to qualify for the final, placing 6th in the semi-final with 146 points. Todorova and Yankulov repeated their song in the final and received 157, placing 5th in a field of 24.
In previous years, if a country placed in the top 10 countries of the final they were automatically qualified to the final of the next contest. Had this rule remained for the 2008 contest, Bulgaria would have directly qualified for the final. However, a change in rules due to the large intake of countries participating in the contest meant that only five countries, the host country and the Big 4 countries, would automatically qualify to the final. As such, Bulgaria were forced to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest in Serbia.
At the 2008 contest, Bulgaria were represented by Deep Zone & Balthazar with the song "DJ, Take Me Away". They, however, could not repeat Todorova and Yankulov and received only 56 points, placing 11th of 19 competing.
Bulgaria competed in the 2009 contest in Russia. Bulgaria was the first country to begin their selection for the fifth Bulgarian entry to Eurovision, with 'Be A Star', the national final, beginning in October 2008. The winner was Krassimir Avramov with his "Popera" song Illusion. It failed to qualify for the final in Moscow coming 16th out of 18 participants in the first semifinal.
In October 2009 BNT announced that Miroslav Kostadinov will represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway. He sang the song "Angel si ti" (Ангел си ти). It was the first song since 2007 to be sung in Bulgarian. However, for the third consecutive year, Bulgaria's entry failed to qualify for the final, coming 15th out of 17 participants in the semifinal.
In 2011 Bulgaria was represented by Poli Genova, and the country's entry was sung in Bulgarian for the third consecutive year. Her song was called "Na Inat", translated as "For Spite", and missed out on a place for the final after coming 12th in the second semi-final, making 2011 the fourth year in a row that Bulgaria didn't reach the final. In that year she competed with 18 more singers in the final of "EuroBGvision" (where by means of SMS voting the TV audience selects who will represent Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest). This was her fourth time in which she took part in the "EuroBGvision" and her first win.
The singer Sofi Marinova represented Bulgaria in the 2012 Eurovision contest in Baku with a song called Love Unlimited (Bulgarian: Lubov bez granitsi/Любов без граници). Her song was mainly in Bulgarian but it also contains the phrase 'I Love You' in 12 other languages including Turkish, Greek, Spanish, French and Serbian and others. Bulgaria's entry tied with Norway for 10th place in its semifinal; however, the tie broke in favor of Norway because it received points from more countries, making 2012 the fifth year in a row that Bulgaria didn't get through and sing in the final.
In 2013, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov were chosen through an internal selection to represent Bulgaria for a second time, this time in Malmö. Their song, Samo shampioni (Bulgarian: Само Шампиони), placed sixth in the second semifinal's televoting results, but 17th place (last) in the jury's results. The duo placed twelfth, with 45 points, thereby excluding Bulgaria from the final yet again.
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
- Did not compete or was relegated
|2006||Mariana Popova||English||"Let Me Cry"||
|2007||Elitsa & Stoyan||Bulgarian||"Water"||5||157||6||146|
|2008||Deep Zone & Balthazar||English||"DJ, Take Me Away"||
|2010||Miro||Bulgarian, English||"Angel si ti" (Ангел си ти)||
|2011||Poli Genova||Bulgarian||"Na inat" (На инат)||
|2012||Sofi Marinova||Bulgarian1||"Love Unlimited"||
|2013||Elitsa & Stoyan||Bulgarian||"Samo shampioni" (Само шампиони)||
- 1.^ The song also contains phrases in Arabic, Azerbaijani, English, French, Greek, Italian, Romani, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish.
As of 2013, Bulgaria's voting history is as follows:
- Winner – Bulgaria gave 12 points to a winning song / Bulgaria won the contest.
- Second place – Bulgaria gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Bulgaria was the runner-up in the contest.
- Third place – Bulgaria gave 12 points to a third place song / Bulgaria came third in the contest.
- Qualified – Bulgaria gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Bulgaria qualified to the Grand Finals.
- Non-qualified – Bulgaria gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Bulgaria did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
|2005||Greece||Belarus||Did not Qualify||
|2006||Greece||Russia||Did not Qualify||
|2008||Germany||Ukraine||Did not Qualify||
|2009||Greece||Turkey||Did not Qualify||
|2010||Azerbaijan||Turkey||Did not Qualify||
|2011||United Kingdom||Denmark||Did not Qualify||
|2012||Serbia||Serbia||Did not Qualify||
|2013||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||Did not Qualify||
Commentators and spokespersons
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|2005||Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev||Evgenia Atanasova|
- Laufer, Gil (2008-11-08). "Bulgaria: National final on 21st February". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- Floras, Stella (2009-10-18). "Bulgaria: Miro selected for Eurovision 2010". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- Siim, Jarmo (2009-10-18). "Miro to represent Bulgaria". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- Dahlander, Gustav (2010-02-28). "Miro flying to Eurovision on angelic wings". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- Hondal, Víctor (2010-02-28). "Miro will sing Angel si ti in Oslo". ESCToday. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- "Bulgaria: BNT will not participate in Copenhagen". ESCToday. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Lyrics of "Love unlimited"". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- Points to and from Bulgaria eurovisioncovers.co.uk