Bulgaria: BNT confirms participation in Eurovision 2020

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,338 views

BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has confirmed to ESCToday that Bulgaria will participate at the forthcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands.

Thus  Bulgaria joins the list of countries who so far have confirmed their intention to participate at the 2020 Eurovision edition.


Last year Bulgaria initially confirmed its preliminary participation at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, but was forced to withdraw its application due to financial constraints facing its national broadcaster.

Eurovision fans in the continent and beyond missed Bulgaria at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this year.

BNT will be disclosing further details on their Eurovision 2020 participation in due course along with more information on the mechanism they’ll use to select the 2020 Bulgarian Eurovision entry and hopeful for Rotterdam.

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 was 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.