Bulgarian gay singer Azis is almost sure to stage in Athens together with Mariana Popova, who will sing Let me cry. Novinite.com reported that today.
The famed transvestite (28), who performs backing vocals for Mariana, did not attend the Bulgarian finals on Saturday to avoid speculations he might have pumped up the vote. Mariana Popova was declared the winner after receiving 24,05% of the total votes, or some 15,000 SMS votes and 4,700 phone calls.
Only hours after Mariana's victory, claims were made by her opponents that elements of the voting system were unfair. In an open letter addressed to the director of Bulgarian broadcaster BNT, artists have protested that technical faults occurred, which eventually affected the outcome of the contest. The complaint concerns the time limit imposed by BNT on the voting window. Up to five calls could be made from a single number, within a ten-minute period.