Bulgaria: BNT confirms preliminary participation in Eurovision 2019

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,518 views

BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcasters has confirmed to ESCToday Bulgaria’s preliminary participation at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

The Bulgarian broadcaster has applied to compete at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest and hopes to join the list of countries who will partake at next year’s competition. It is more than likely that Bulgaria will compete at the upcoming Eurovision edition in Israel as the country has provisionally confirmed its ESC 2019 participation.

BNT is yet to confirm the mechanism it will use in order to select its Eurovision entry and act for Israel and is set to release its plan of action for ESC 2019 in due course.

Bulgaria in Eurovision

Bulgaria debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest  in 2005 and is yet to win the competition.  The Balkan nation’s best result in the contest were achieved in 2017 when Kristian Kostov placed 2nd in the Grand Final in Kyiv.

Bulgaria has participated in Europe’s favorite television show 12 times. The country withdrew from the competition in 2014 due to financial reasons and returned to the event in 2016 with flying colours when Poli Genova placed 4th in Stockholm.

Prior to 2016 Bulgaria had only made it once to the Grand Final since its debut in 2005. The country has seen a reversal of fortune in the contest since its return in 2016, qualifying to the Grand Final three years in a row ( 2016, 2017, 2018).

In 2018 Bulgaria selected Equinox via an internal selection to fly the Bulgarian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with their entry Bones.  The five member group placed 14th in the Grand Final in Portugal.