Music Idol

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Music Idol
Created by Simon Fuller
Starring Judges (season 1): Yordanka Hristova, Slavi Trifonov, Gloria, Doni
Judges (season 2): Vili Kazasyan, Dimitar Kovachev - Funky, Esil Duran, Lucy Diakovska, Philipp Kirkorov*
Judges (season 3): Doni, Dimitar Kovachev - Funky, Maria
Hosts: Sanja Nikolic, Ivan Hristov & Andrey Arnaudov
Country of origin  Bulgaria
Broadcast
Original channel bTV
Original run February 26, 2007 – June 8, 2009
External links
Website
Contestants with dates of elimination
Season 1 (2007)
Nevena Tsoneva Winner
Teodor Koychinov June 7
Preslava Peycheva May 31
Stefan Lalchev May 24
Kremena Dimitrova May 17
Plamen Patov May 10
Iliyana Kovacheva May 3
Krasimira Ivanova April 26
Rumen Nehrizov April 19
Valentina Dimitrova April 12
Tihomir Dimitrov April 5
Denitsa Hadzhiivanova March 29
Season 2 (2008)
Toma Zdravkov Winner
Nora Karaivanova June 2
Yasen Zerdev June 2
Denitsa Georgieva June 2
Plamena Petrova April 2/May 28
Chanel Erkin May 21
Ana Topalova May 14
Denislav Novev May 7
Ivalyo Donev April 30
Maria Ilieva April 23
Stoyan Tsonev April 16
Ivan Angelov April 9
Elena Ivanova March 26

Music Idol is the Bulgarian version of the British television hit show Pop Idol. It is a talent contest to determine the superior pop performer and its first season was aired on bTV from February 26 until June 7, 2007. During its third season, the show went international and auditions took place in neighboring Macedonia. Other major changes in the third season: minimum age for participants 13 (not 16), more talk show than music, great accent on the hosts, hidden vote results, which makes it impossible to validate the result of each elimination.

Rules[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Qualifications[edit]

Auditioners must be between the ages of 13 and 28. They must be Bulgarian citizens.

Auditions[edit]

Castings are held in the five biggest cities in Bulgaria - Rousse, Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv and Sofia. After a pre-selection the contenders audition in front of the panel of judges seen on TV who will decide if they are going to make it to the next round.

Theatre Round[edit]

In 3 days the judges chose among the top 100 from all cities the semifinalists who would perform live during the show and face the public's vote.

Semifinals[edit]

From now on its up to the Bulgarian public to vote their favorite contestants into the final 12.

Finals[edit]

Each week the final 12 contestants perform in front of a live audience songs from a given theme. Once again the public votes for its favorite with the least votes getter getting eliminated after one show until only one contestant remains: The winner of Music Idol.

Season 2[edit]

Qualifications[edit]

There is no age limit for the auditioners. They must be Bulgarian citizens.

Auditions[edit]

Castings are held in the five biggest cities in Bulgaria - Rousse, Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv and Sofia. After a pre-selection the contenders audition in front of the panel of judges seen on TV who will decide if they are going to make it to the next round.

Theatre Round[edit]

The competitors are split in groups and they sing solo (like in the previous round). After that the jury decides who will continue. After that the remaining contestants sing in quartets and the jury picks the best of them. Then they sing solo and the jury picks 18 people for the semi-finals.

Semifinals[edit]

The competitors are split in two groups − male and female. After their first concert the public votes for them and two boys and two girls are eliminated. After that the hava another concert and two boys and two girls are again eliminated. After that the eliminated 8 contestants sing again and 3 of them are let back in the show.

Finals[edit]

Each week the final 13 contestants perform in front of a live audience songs from a given theme. Once again the public votes for its favorite the two people with the least votes sing and the public votes again. The contestant with the least votes is eliminated. This goes on until only one contestant remains: The winner of Music Idol.

Season 1[edit]

Judges[edit]

  • Yordanka Hristova (chairman) − singer
  • Slavi Trifonov − singer, actor, host
  • Gloria Ivanova − pop-folk singer
  • Donnie − singer and composer

Auditions[edit]

There was one exception of the age-rule − Kremena from Dobrich was allowed to participate, despite her age of 15. She eventually became a finalist later on.

Semifinals[edit]

For one week (March 12 to March 19) the top 40 performed each night in five groups including eight singers with the two top vote getters advancing to the finals. On Friday night the judges announced eight singers who received another chance to perform with the top vote getter and the final pick of the judges joining the other finalists to the top 12.

Group 1 − March 12, 2007[edit]

  • Tihomir Dimitrov (17.9%)
  • Preslava Peycheva (9.3%)
  • Emiliya Valenti (11.0%)
  • Syuleyman Evadpal
  • Nikolay Manolov (17.4%)
  • Krasimira Ivanova (26.3%)
  • Preslava Mravkova
  • Ina Petrova

Group 2 − March 13, 2007[edit]

  • Daniela Nikolova (6.4%)
  • Vasil Modev (11.8%)
  • Ivaylo Donkov (7.4%)
  • Stefan Lalchev (30.0%)
  • Maya Georgieva
  • Mariya Dimitrova
  • Valentina Dimitrova (26.5%)
  • Rosen Kukosharov

Group 3 − March 14, 2007[edit]

  • Gita Petkova (8.4%)
  • Yanitsa Dafinova
  • Iskren Ribchev (15.6%)
  • Plamen Patov (31.3%)
  • Veselina Nikolova
  • Gergana Koyeva (10.6%)
  • Rumen Nehrizov (18.0%)
  • Aneliya Bakalova

Group 4 − March 15, 2007[edit]

  • Lazar Valchev (8.9%)
  • Silvia Moneva (12.1%)
  • Vasil Chergov
  • Plamena Petrova
  • Georgi Georgiev
  • Denislav Novev (9.6%)
  • Iliana Kovacheva (15.6%)
  • Nevena Tsoneva (35.5%)

Group 5 − March 16, 2007[edit]

  • Dimitar Atanasov
  • Teodor Koychinov (7.8%)
  • Maria Bachvarova (8.0%)
  • Vasko Ivanov (9.7%)
  • Kremena Dimitrova (30.8%)
  • Vasil Stoyanov
  • Denitsa Hadzhiivanova (24.4%)
  • Kristina Kokorska

Wildcards − March 19, 2007[edit]

  • Vasko Ivanov
  • Kristina Kokorska
  • Lazar Valchev
  • Teodor Koichinov (Judges' Choice)
  • Dimitar Atanasov
  • Nikolay Manolov
  • Preslava Peycheva (Viewers' Choice)
  • Silvia Moneva

Finals elimination chart[edit]

Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/19 3/26 4/2 4/9 4/16 4/23 4/30 5/7 5/14 5/21 5/28 6/4
Place Contestant Result
1 Nevena Tsoneva 1st Btm3 Winner
2 Teodor Koychinov Elim WC Btm3 Btm2 Btm2 Runner-Up
3 Preslava Peycheva Elim WC Btm2 Btm3 3rd Place
4 Stefan Lalchev 1st Btm2 4th Place
5 Kremena Dimitrova 1st Btm2 Btm3 Btm2 Elim
6 Plamen Patov 1st Btm3 Elim
7 Iliyana Kovacheva 2nd Btm2 Elim
8 Krasimira Ivanova 1st Btm3 Btm2 Elim
9 Rumen Nehrizov 2nd Btm2 Btm3 Elim
10 Valentina Dimitrova 2nd Elim
11 Tihomir Dimitrov 2nd Btm3 Elim
12 Denitsa Hadzhiivanova 2nd Elim

Season 2[edit]

Judges[edit]

  • Vili Kazasyan (chairman) - Bulgarian conductor
  • Esil Duran - pop-folk singer
  • Dimitar Kovachev - "Funky" - Bulgarian rocker and producer, owner of Sofia Music Enterprises
  • Lucy Diakovska - No Angels member

Auditions[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

This year saw a change in the semifinal format: After the judges picked their top 18 contestants (9 males, 9 females) the contestants were split in one girls/guys group and had to perform in the week of March 10 − March 15 with constantly reducing the number of singers in both groups to six: after the first performance show the two least votes getters got eliminated, leaving the top 7 of girls/guys perform again of which the top 5 vote-getters from each group will advance to the finals. Later on the judges eventually decided to make a top 13 out of the supposed 12 with giving three contestants a wildcard for the finals.
Two out of the top 18, Denislav Novev and Plamena Petrova, already competed in former years top 50 but failed to qualify for the finals.

Girls Top 9 − March 10, 2008[edit]

  • Plamena Petrova - "Think Twice"
  • Gergana Dimova - "Black Velvet" (eliminated)
  • Maria Ilieva - "(You make me feel like) A Natural Woman"
  • Chanel Erkin - "Je T'aime"
  • Elena Ivanova - "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" (eliminated)
  • Ana Topalova - "Visoko" (bottom three)
  • Sonia Membrenho - "Iskam te"
  • Nora Karaivanova - "The Voice Within"
  • Denitsa Georgieva - "Respect"

Guys Top 9 − March 11, 2008[edit]

  • Ivan Angelov - "Change The World"
  • Ivaylo Donev - "Georgia On My Mind"
  • Yasen Zerdev - "New Flame" (eliminated)
  • Denislav Novev - "You Rise Me Up"
  • Toma Zdravkov - "Summer In The City"
  • Damyan Popov - "Pochti zabravena ljubov"
  • Viktor Georgiev - "Stars" (eliminated)
  • Lazar Kisyov - "Sbogom , moya ljubov" (bottom three)
  • Stoyan Tsonev - "Incomplete"

Girls Top 7 − March 13, 2008[edit]

  • Maria Ilieva - "Adagio" (eliminated)
  • Denitsa Georgieva - "Proud Mary"
  • Chanel Erkin - "Bleeding Love" (bottom three)
  • Sonia Membrenho - "Listen" (eliminated)
  • Ana Topalova - "Every Breath you take"
  • Plamena Petrova - "Ustrem"
  • Nora Karaivanova - "Ain't no Sunshine"

Guys Top 7 − March 15, 2008[edit]

  • Toma Zdravkov - "Walking By Myself"
  • Damyan Popov - "Svetat e za dvama" (eliminated)
  • Denislav Novev - "Let Me Entertain You"
  • Stoyan Tsonev - "Sineva"
  • Lazar Kisyov - "I Surrender" (eliminated)
  • Ivaylo Donev - "Great Balls Of Fire"
  • Ivan Angelov - "Se bastasse una canzone"

Wildcards − March 18, 2008[edit]

Chosen by the judges to advance to the finals:

  • Yasen Zerdev
  • Maria Ilieva
  • Elena Ivanova

NOTE: The bottom group contestants face off in a sudden death elimination round where the voting lines are re-opened and the public have one more chance to save their favorite from elimination. Stoyan Tsonev, Ana Topalova and Chanel Erkin fell victim to this unique rule despite not receiving the least amount of votes on the performance night.

Finals elimination chart[edit]

Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 3/10-15 3/26 4/2 4/9 4/16 4/23 4/30 5/7 5/14 5/21 5/28 6/2
Place Contestant Result
1 Toma Zdravkov Finalist Winner
2 Nora Karaivanova Finalist Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 3 Runner-Up
3 Yasen Zerdev Wildcard Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 3rd Place
4 Denitsa Georgieva Finalist Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 4th Place
5 Plamena Petrova Finalist Evicted WC Evicted
6 Chanel Erkin Finalist Btm 3 Evicted
7 Ana Topalova Finalist Btm 2 Evicted
8 Denislav Novev Finalist Btm 2 Evicted
9 Ivaylo Donev Finalist Btm 2 Evicted
10 Maria Ilieva Wildcard Btm 2 Evicted
11 Stoyan Tsonev Finalist Btm 2 Btm 2 Evicted
12 Ivan Angelov Finalist Evicted
13 Elena Ivanova Wildcard Evicted

Season 3[edit]

Judges[edit]

  • Doni − Bulgarian pop singer
  • Maria − pop-folk singer
  • Dimitar Kovachev − "Funky" − Bulgarian rocker and producer

Unlike the previous seasons, there is no chairman of the jury in honor to the late chairman Vili Kazasyan, who died shortly after the 2008 season. Nevertheless, there is a guest star in the jury in every city, where auditions take place. He/She doesn't have a right to vote, but can advise jury members in reaching the right decision. The guest stars for the 2009 season are:

  • Sonia Vassi − Bulgarian singer and model (Varna)
  • Toni Dimitrova − Bulgarian pop singer (Burgas)
  • Blagovest Argirov - Bulgarian pop singer (Plovdiv)
  • Grigor Koprov − famous Macedonian songwriter (Skopje)
  • Katya − Bulgarian pop singer, part of the famous duo "Riton" (Sofia)

Auditions[edit]

Finalists[edit]

  • Rusina Katardzieva - Eliminated
  • Sonia Membreno - Eliminated
  • Preslava Mravkova - Eliminated
  • Aleksandar Tarabunov - Eliminated
  • Boyan Stoykov - Runner-Up
  • Eli Radanova - Eliminated
  • Simona Stateva - Eliminated
  • Viktoria Dimitrova - Withdrew
  • Darko Ilievski - Eliminated
  • Dimitar Atanasov - Eliminated
  • Aleksandra Zhekova - Eliminated
  • Magdalena Janavarova - Winner
  • Plamen Petkov - Eliminated

Finals elimination chart[edit]

Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 3/22-27 4/1 4/8 4/15 4/22 4/29 5/6 5/13 5/20 5/27 6/8
Place Contestant Result
1 Magdalena Janavarova WILDCARD Btm 5 Btm 3 Btm 4 Btm 5 Winner
2 Boyan Stoykov PUBLIC Btm 5 Btm 2 Runner-Up
3 Preslava Mravkova PUBLIC Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4 3rd Place
4 Rusina Katardzieva PUBLIC Btm 4 Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 4 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 3 4th Place
5 Aleksandar Tarabunov PUBLIC Btm 5 Btm 5 Btm 5 Elim
6 Dimitar Atanasov PUBLIC Btm 5 Btm 3 Btm 4 Elim
7 Aleksandra Zhekova WILDCARD Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
8 Simona Stateva PUBLIC Btm 4 Btm 2 Elim
9 Viktoria Dimitrova PUBLIC Btm 4 Btm 2 Btm 5 Withdrew
10 Eli Radanova PUBLIC Btm 5 Btm 4 Elim
11 Sonia Membrenho PUBLIC Btm 4 Elim
12 Darko Ilievski PUBLIC Elim
13 Plamen Petkov WILDCARD Elim
Legend
Female Male Safe Safe first Safe second Contestant in Btm 3 Contestant in Btm 2 Eliminated Withdrew Winner
  • Viktoria Dimitrova withdrew from the show on the rock concert, thus saving Simona Stateva and Preslava Mravkova from elimination.

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