BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster has confirmed to esctoday.com that Bulgaria will select their 2013 Eurovision representative via an internal selection and will organize a special song selection show in order to choose their 2013 Eurovision entry, scheduled to be aired on 3 March.
A special BNT committee will be in charge of selecting the 2013 Bulgarian representative and will make their deliberation and will announce the name of the lucky act on 10 February.
The 2013 Bulgarian candidate will present a total of 5 songs to a special BNT comission who will then choose 3 songs for the song selection show. The 3 songs will be officially released and presented on 17 February.Hence on 3 March the deliberation of selecting the 2013 Bulgarian entry will lie in the hands of the Bulgarian public and a special jury.
The method and the mechanism
The songs must be a Bulgarian national product, meaning that the text, music, or adaptation must have been created by a Bulgarian national, or the artist should be a Bulgarian national. The songs should not have been performed publicly or distributed commercially before September 1 2012. The song may be no longer than 3 (three) minutes. The public performance of each song may be carried out by six people on a stage. They must sing live. Every participant has the right to choose the language in which the song is performed.
The three shortlisted songs will be officially announced and performed live on the “Nedelya х 3” programme on February 17 2013. The order in which the songs are performed will be determined through a draw. Videos of the songs will be broadcast repeatedly over a fortnight on BNT and on radio stations that are media partners of BNT. The selected songs will be performed once more on a BNT television broadcast on March 3 2013, when viewers and a special jury will evaluate the songs. During the live broadcast, viewers will have the opportunity to vote by sending an SMS to telephone numbers that will be announced in advance – one for each song, from a single phone number. The five-member jury will be identical to the composition of the jury for the voting during the semi-finals and the final in the international phase of the contest and is determined by the Director General of BNT, in accordance with the international requirements specified in the regulations. The song that gets the largest number of points from the aggregate vote will be ranked first, with the vote of the viewers and that of the jury having identical weight.
Bulgaria debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and is yet to win the event. The country’s best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2007, when they achieved a 5th placing with Voda!
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