Bulgaria: Be a star to select 2009 Eurovision entry

by Stella Floras 115 views

Bulgarian broadcaster BNT have announced the rules for the country's preselection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Once again, the Bulgarians will be producing a special show for the occasion but in a different format to last year's EuroBGvision.

Be a star, this year's Bulgarian preselection, will take place in two phases. Eighteen songs in total will compete in the semi final. Nine of them will be selected by the Bulgarian public via televote and nine more by a special jury. A jury, different to the original one, will then select nine songs to go to the final between 1st October – 19th December. Those will be joined by three more songs commissioned by the broadcaster. The final decision, on the night of the final, will be taken entirely through televote and sms voting.

All songs submitted for Be a star must be Bulgarian products but the choice of language is up to the creators. The deadline for the submission of the songs is 19th September.

Rules can be found here (in Bulgarian).

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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