Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station
National selection events
Participation summary
First appearance2007
Last appearance2016
Best result2nd: 2014
Worst resultLast: 2008
External links
Bulgaria's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The participation of Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Rotterdam, Netherlands, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Bulgarian National Television (BNT), a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have been responsible for the selection process of their participants, since their debut in 2007. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2007 contest was Bon-Bon with the song "Bonbolandiya", which finished in seventh place out of seventeen participating entries, achieving a score of eighty-six points. There has been four absences from the competition, those being in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Bulgaria's most recent return to the contest in 2014 proved to be successful, when Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim represented them with the song "Planet of the Children", achieving one-hundred and forty-seven points and finishing in second place out of sixteen participating countries, the country's best ever result in a Eurovision competition. They hosted the contest at Arena Armeec in 2015. On 11 June 2016, Lidia Ganeva won the national selection "Decata na Bulgaria sa super", earning the right to represent Bulgaria at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, in Valletta, Malta. Ganeva performed the internally selected song "Magical Day (Valsheben den)" at the contest. She received one-hundred and sixty-one points and therefore finished ninth out of seventeen participating countries.


Bulgaria has entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest six times, first entering in 2007. Bulgaria's first entry was Bon-Bon with "Bonbolandiya", which finished 7th at the 2007 contest in Rotterdam. Their second entry was Krestiana Kresteva with "Edna mechta", which finished 15th and last at the 2008 contest. The Bulgarian broadcaster BNT withdrew from the 2009 contest, and Bulgaria did not compete in the contest in Kiev or at the 2010 edition in Minsk. Bulgaria returned for the 2011 contest in Yerevan, then they took a break from the 2012 and the 2013 contests.

Bulgaria returned for the 2014 edition in Malta, earning their best ever result in a Eurovision competition when Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim placed second performing "Planet of the Children".[1] Their success helped reinvigorate public interest in the contest. According to Google Trends, Junior Eurovision was the eighth fastest trending event in Bulgaria for 2014, ahead of the Australian Open 2014 and New Year's 2014.[2]

On 26 January 2015, it was announced that Bulgaria would host the 2015 edition at the Arena Armeec in Sofia on 21 November.[3] The 2015 junior contest has been credited by some for providing BNT with the financial support they needed to return to the adult Eurovision in 2016, for their first Eurovision since 2013 - perhaps not coincidentally, their entrant in Stockholm was the Junior Eurovision's 2015 host, Poli Genova. In June 2016 BNT selected their artist for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Valletta, Lidia Ganeva. After initially confirming their participation for the 2017 contest in Georgia,[4] Bulgaria withdrew their application due to restructuring within the broadcaster[5] and did not appear on the final list of countries released by the EBU on 9 August 2017.


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place 

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2007 Bon-Bon "Bonbolandiya" (Бонболандия) Bulgarian 7 86
2008 Krastyana Krasteva "Edna mechta" (Една мечта) Bulgarian 15 15
Did not participate between 2009 and 2010
2011 Ivan Ivanov "Superhero" Bulgarian 8 60
Did not participate between 2012 and 2013
2014 Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim "Planet of the Children" Bulgarian 2 147
2015 Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov "Colour of Hope" Bulgarian 9 62
2016 Lidia Ganeva "Valsheben Den (Magical Day)" (Вълшебен ден) Bulgarian, English 9 161
Did not participate between 2017 to present


Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[6] The Bulgarian broadcaster, BNT, sent their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Bulgarian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Bulgaria. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2007.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2007 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev Lyubomir Hadjiyski
2008 Marina Baltadzi
2009 No broadcast Did not participate
2011 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev Samuil Sarandev-Sancho
2012 No broadcast Did not participate
2014 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev Ina Angelova
2015 Vladimir Petkov
2016 Milen Pavlov
2017 No broadcast Did not participate

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Bulgaria's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2016 and takes into account the new voting system which allows the adult and kids juries each to award a set of points, introduced by the European Broadcasting Union from the 2016 contest onwards.[7]


Year Location Venue Presenters
2015 Bulgaria Sofia Arena Armeec Poli Genova[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fisher, Luke James (31 July 2014). "Bulgarian return confirmed". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ Adams, William Lee (17 December 2014). "Not Just Conchita Wurst: Eurovision Stars Top Google Trends 2014". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ Lockett, Katherine (30 March 2015). "Junior Eurovision 2015: 21 November in Sofia, Bulgaria". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ García, Belén (23 May 2017). "Bulgaria confirms participation at Junior Eurovision 2017". esc-plus.com. ESC+Plus. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (7 June 2017). "Bulgaria: Rescinds Confirmation of Participation in Junior Eurovision 2017". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ Fisher, Luke (21 October 2015). "Meet your host... Poli Genova!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

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