Bulgaria: BNT to unveil Eurovision 2020 hopeful on 25 November

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BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has announced today that the 2020 Bulgarian Eurovision representative will be unveiled on 25 November.

Bulgaria will be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Rotterdam after a year’s absence. The Bulgarian national broadcaster will be a holding a special press conference on Monday 25 November in Sofia in order to officially present the 2020 Bulgarian Eurovision representative, the production company behind the 2020 Bulgarian ESC entry and the UK based partnering music production company.

The new focus of the Bulgarian participation in Eurovision will be the long-term commercial success of the artists representing Bulgaria in the contest. Another priority will be the development of the creative industry in the country through the international partnerships made possible by the project. The participation in the biggest music event in the world will be used as a platform to showcase the positive image of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people.

2020 will see the Balkan country’s thirteenth Eurovision participation.

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.