It’s only just been a decade since Bulgaria first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest. True, they had a few false starts, but lately, they’re on a roll. Let’ s have a look at our five favorite Bulgarian entries.
5. Poli Genova – Na Inat (2011)
In 2011 we first met Poli Genova, a Bulgarian singer-songwriter, who had tried her luck once before representing Bulgaria in 2009. In 2011 she grabbed the ticket for Dusseldorf with Na Inat, a Bulgarian pop rock song. As a true rock star, Poli owned the stage, becoming a big favorite to advance to the grand final. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and Bulgaria stranded for the fourth time in a row. But Poli would return to the Eurovision stage. Once as host of the 2015 Junior Eurovision in Sofia, and as representative in 2016,
4. Sofi Marinova – Love Unlimited (2012)
Dore dem dem dem… oh yes you know what we’re on about. in 2012, Bulgaria went for a big dance banger to celebrate love. Now truth to be told, Sofi Marinova‘s vocals did let herself down on the night, but that doesn’t take away Love Unlimited is still a cracker of a song. The public thought so too because Bulgaria tied with Norway with the exact amount of points. However, the Norwegian entry received one higher score and therefore lucky number 10 to make it to the grand final.
3. Elitsa & Stoyan – Water (2007)
Doing one better is the second of two acts, which represented Bulgaria twice; Elitsa & Stoyan first represented their country in 2007 with the energy packed percussion track Water. Safri Duo had reincarnated in the Bulgarian duo, and we’ve been going wild for it ever since. So did Europe, because Bulgaria were finally given a pass to the grand final, where they ultimately finished top in the top five. Our favourite line: Dum Dum Dum Teketek tek (or something along those lines) … Not to be confused with Dum Tek Tek, Turkey’s 2009 entry.
2. Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess (2017)
And so we head from one top five entry to another. 17-year-old Kristian Kostov proved to be the man to bring Bulgaria’s best ever result on the Eurovision stage. With Beautiful Mess, the country won its semi-final with a huge margin over the runner-up Hungary, to then go straight to the top of the final scoreboard. Everything about Kristian’s performance was right, and once again it paid off.
And that leaves us just with one more spot left. Kristian’s second place was paved by a refreshing new approach and excitement coming from BNT in 2016, which we think came after the broadcaster organised the Junior Eurovision Song Contest the year before.
So with no further ado, we close this article with the artist who kicked off our top five; Poli Genova.
After doing a great job as Junior Eurovision host in Sofia, Poli was internally selected to represent Bulgaria in Stockholm. Her rock chick image was replaced by a futuristic pop diva who brought a massive pop stomper with her to Sweden. The result was the catchy feel-good pop song If Love Was A Crime. Europe loved it and once again Bulgaria found its way right to the top of the leaderboard, finishing in fourth place.
1. Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime (2016)
And that concludes out Top Five Favorite Bulgarian entries of all time. Let us know if you agree or disagree and who you’re favorites are. We’d love to know!