Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events|
|Best result||2nd: 2014|
|Worst result||Last: 2008|
|Bulgaria's page at Eurovision.tv|
| 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 fourty-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". 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.
On 26 January 2015, it was announced that Bulgaria would host the 2015 edition at the Arena Armeec in Sofia on 21 November. 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.
- Table key
|2008||Krastyana Krasteva||"Edna mechta" (Една мечта)||Bulgarian||15||15|
|Did not participate between 2009 and 2010|
|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|
Broadcasts and voting
Commentators and spokespersons
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. 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.
|2007||Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev||Lyubomir Hadjiyski|
|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|
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.
|2015||Sofia||Arena Armeec||Poli Genova|
- Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
- Bulgaria in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Bulgaria in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- Bulgaria in the Turkvision Song Contest – A contest for countries and regions which are of Turkic-speaking or Turkic ethnicity.
- Fisher, Luke James (31 July 2014). "Bulgarian return confirmed". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- Adams, William Lee (17 December 2014). "Not Just Conchita Wurst: Eurovision Stars Top Google Trends 2014". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Lockett, Katherine (30 March 2015). "Junior Eurovision 2015: 21 November in Sofia, Bulgaria". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- Fisher, Luke (21 October 2015). "Meet your host... Poli Genova!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Official EBU Page