Love Unlimited (Sofi Marinova song)

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"Love Unlimited"
Single by Sofi Marinova
Released October 30, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Technopop, Eurodance
Length 3:19 (main version)
Label Vitality Music
Writer(s) Donka Vasileva
Producer(s) Krum Geopriev, Iasen Kozev
Music video
"Love Unlimited" (Official) on YouTube
Bulgaria "Love Unlimited"
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 entry
Country Bulgaria
Artist(s) Sofi Marinova
Languages
Composer(s) Yasen Kozev, Krum Georgiev
Lyricist(s) Doni Vasileva
Finals performance
Final result
Appearance chronology
◄ "Na inat" (2011)   
"Samo Shampioni" (2013) ►

"Love Unlimited" is a song by Bulgarian singer Sofi Marinova, which was chosen to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[1] The song contains the phrase "I love you" in ten languages.

Background[edit]

The music is by Yasen Kozev and Krum Georgiev, who previously wrote the song "Eagle", performed by Miroslav Kostadinov - Miro at the 2010 Bulgarian national Eurovision song selection, but they did not write this song specifically for Eurovision. Sofi Marinova had a version of the song in her cell phone for 6–7 months before she came up with the idea to participate with it in Eurovision.[2]

The lyrics[edit]

The lyrics of the song are by Doni Vasileva, who came up with the idea of using the words "I love you" in multiple languages. The message of the song is that song, pain, and love "[have] no boundaries, language, and colour" and are the same for everyone. The verses are entirely in Bulgarian language, but the choruses and the ending contain versions of the phrase "I love you" in a total of ten languages:

  1. Seviyorum seni — Turkish
  2. Σ' αγαπάω πολύ /sagapao poli/ ("I love you a lot") — Greek
  3. Yo te quiero a ti ("I love you") — Spanish
  4. Volim te / Волим те — Serbo-Croatian
  5. Теб обичам /teb obicham/ ("I love you") — Bulgarian
  6. But dehaftu mange — Romani
  7. Voglio bene a te — Italian
  8. Mən səni sevirəm — Azerbaijani
  9. Je t’aime — French
  10. I love you so much — words in English, with which the song ends

Other non-Bulgarian phrases in the chorus are يا حَبيبي /ya habibi/ and mon chéri, respectively "my beloved" in Arabic and "my dear" in French.

The song features words in three Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, French), two Slavic languages (Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian) and two Turkic languages (Turkish, Azerbaijani), but only one Germanic language (English) is used. The Romani language is Sofi Marinova's mother tongue. Turkish, Greek and Serbian are the languages of three of Bulgaria's neighbouring countries - Turkey, Greece and Serbia. Greek and Turkish are official languages in Cyprus as well, while the languages of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro are all variants of Serbo-Croatian. Azerbaijani is the language of Eurovision 2012's host country, Azerbaijan.

To date it is the only Eurovision entry to include Azerbaijani lyrics, Azerbaijan itself having entered seven entries all in English.

At the Bulgarian national finals[edit]

After a preliminary selection process, the semi-finals of the Bulgarian national selection for Eurovision 2012 were held on 14 January 2012. The song "Love Unlimited" received the second most SMS votes (and was fifth with the jury) — with 2162 SMS votes and 93 points from the jury, after Desi Slava (DESS) and her song "Love is Alive" with 2396 SMS votes and 148 points from the jury.[3] At the final on 29 February, however, Sofi Marinova placed first by SMS votes and was third with the jury, while Desi Slava was second with the televoters and did not make it in the jury's top three.[4] On the other hand, in the final the band New 5 was third with televoters and first with the jury,[4] but in the case of a tie, the SMS votes take precedence, which is why the winner was Sofi Marinova.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012[edit]

The song performed at the second semi-final and narrowly missed out of qualification to the grand final, finishing 11th place with the same amount of points as the Norway entrant who qualified in 10th place.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sofi Marinova to represent Bulgaria in Baku!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Sofi Marinova departs for Baku .... 24chasa.bg. 2 March 2012. Имам я от 6-7 месеца в телефона... (I've had it for 6-7 months in my phone now)
  3. ^ 12 finalists for Eurovision, Results from the national semi-final 2012. eurovision.bnt.bg. 14 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Sofi Marinova will represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2012. eurovision.bnt.bg. 1 March 2012. (In Bulgarian)

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