Mihaela Marinova

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Mihaela Marinova
Birth nameMihaela Marinova
Born (1998-05-07) May 7, 1998 (age 21)
Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
Years active2013 – present
LabelsVirginia Records
Associated actsSlavin Slavchev, James Arthur, Mihaela Fileva

Mihaela Marinova (born 7 May 1998) is a Bulgarian singer and songwriter mostly known from her participation in the 2014 season of the Bulgarian X Factor, where she finished in third place. Later in 2015 her debut single became the most played song on Bulgarian radio and television.[1]


X Factor Bulgaria[edit]

2013: Season 2[edit]

Mihaela participated in the 2nd season of the show and make it to the judge's houses where her menthor Zaki decided to choose between her or Ana-Maria Yanakieva since they both were 15 years old and the show have limit of 16 years. Zaki decided to give chance to Ana-Maria, but gave Mihaela a special "golden ticket" which allowed her to start from judges houses in the next season of the show.[2] Later Ana Maria finished as runner-up in the show.

2014–2015: Season 3[edit]

Even though Mihaela had a reserved place for the judges houses, she decided not to use it and start the show from the auditions, as she said that would have been unfair to the other participants.[2] This time she made it through to the finals and finished in third place after Slavin Slavchev won the season. At the final she made a duet with James Arthur, the winner of the ninth series of The X Factor UK in 2012.[3]

2015–present: Debut single and first steps[edit]

Even though she didn't win X Factor, she was signed by Virginia Records. In the summer of 2015 her debut single "Stapka Napred" (Step Forward) was released. Her single become number 1 in charts in Bulgaria with over a million views in YouTube.[1] She also announced she is planning two new songs, one solo and one duet.[4]

In 2016 she lent her voice to Moana (known in Bulgaria as Vaiana) in Disney's movie of the same name for the Bulgarian-language version of the movie.[5]


List of singles as main artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Stapka napred" (Step forward) 2015 2 Non-album single
"Ne ti li stiga" (Haven't you had enough) 2016 27
"Edin sreshtu drug" (Against each other) 2017
"Listata padat" (The leaves are falling) 9
"Ochi v Ochi" (Face to Face) 2018
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b "Михаела Маринова открива нощта на елиминациите в музикално шоу №1 от 21.00 ч. по Нова". novanews.bg. 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Михаела Маринова щурмува Х Фактор за втори път". vesti.bg.
  3. ^ "Джо Лин застава до Славин, Артър до Михаела в X Factor". dnes.bg.
  4. ^ "Михаела Маринова за успеха". bliasak.bg.
  5. ^ "Moana". Charguigou. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  6. ^ http://acharts.us/performer/mihaela_marinova

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