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Sofi Marinova to represent Bulgaria at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Sofi Marinova on stage in Bulgaria ©  BNT

Minutes ago the Bulgarian national final finished with the result that Sofi Marinova would represent the country at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Love Unlimited. The show featured several of the participants she will be up against in Baku.

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will feature the participation of 43 countries

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ©  EBU

The EBU has announced that a total of 43 countries will participate in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku the next 22, 24 and 26 of May. It confirms the participation of Armenia, the return of Montenegro after three years of absence and the withdrawal of Poland.

Bulgaria semi final - 12 acts qualify for final

Bulgaria Eurovision Logo ©  BNT

Bulgaria began their selection procedure for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest tonight.  22 acts performed in the semi final.  12 acts made it to the final to be held on 29 February.  They were determined by a combination of SMS voting and and expert academy/jury voting.

22 Hopefuls will Participate in Bulgarian Semi final on Saturday Evening

Poli Genova at rehearsals {copyrights: EuroVisionary}

The national broadcaster, BNT, have revealed the system of their selections for 2012 with 22 hopeful names who will be participating in the semi final of the Bulgarian national selection. The semi final leg will be held on January 14th and 12 lucky names will make it to the final where they will try to follow Poli Genova.

Bulgaria narrows down the field for its national selection

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Bulgarian broadcaster BNT have just completed the first phase of their search for the successor to Poli Genova in Baku, 2012. The deadline for entry submissions with BNT expired on the 11th of November.

Will Ivan be a Superhero for Bulgaria at Junior Eurovision?

Ivana Ivanov ©  www.junioreurovision.tv

Ivan Ivanov has won the Bulgarian Junior national selection with the song,  Supergeroy (Superhero).  10 acts competed in the final.  The voting was a combination of expert jury and televoting.  One of the presenters was Joanna, from Deep Zone, who represented Bulgaria at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

Bulgaria prepares for 2012

Bulgarian flag

The Bulgarian broadcaster BNT has announced details concerning their selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. It was revealed that there will be two semi-finals and one final. A mixture of juries and televoting will choose the winner.

Bulgaria is back at Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Krestiana Kresteva 2008 Junior Eurovision © junioreurovision.tv

After two years of absence, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, BNT, have announced that they will take part in the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Yerevan. According to the schedule published by BNT, the national final will take place in October.

Joanna Flying So High with solo success!

Joanna Dragneva ©  Joanna Dragneva/Facebook

Former Deep Zone Project vocalist, Joanna Dragneva, is now having success a solo singer.  She has just released her latest single, Fly So High.  This is now a big hit in Bulgaria and is set to be a big summer hit around Europe.

2011 - 2nd Semi-Final

2011 logo ©  EBU
Basic information
Date: 
12 May 2011
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 2
Venue: 
Fortuna Düsseldorf Arena (Espirit Arena)
Broadcaster: 
NDR
Presenter(s): 
Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, Stefan Raab
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

Germany hosted the contest for the first time in 28 years. Last time, in 1983, the most memorable aspect of the contest was the thrice repetition of everything that was said (in German, English and French), making the contest seem a lot longer than the three hours, 20 minutes in actually lasted. This time round, the presentation was much less formal, much more relaxed and one of the more entertaining presentations in recent years. Actress Judith Rakers brought an air of professionalism to proceedings, while comedian Anke Engelke and Stefan Raab, already known to fans as a bit of a joker, brought some slapstick to the show. It was a welcome break from the straight-laced approach usually adopted by Executive Producers.

The arena chosen by NDR is usually associated with football matches, being the home of Bundesliga team, Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, it was built as a multi-purpose stadium and so was easily converted into an arena fit for the world’s biggest musical event. The Green Room, where the singers hung out when they were not on stage, was hidden at the back of the stage and revealed in spectacular fashion at the start of the voting.

Just when you thought the contest was shredding its image as home of the daft song title, along came the 2011 version to relight the unjustified reputation. There was a Haba, Haba, Boom Boom, Da Da Dam and a Ding Dong.

The biggest story of the contest was a very tragic one. The Icelandic song, Coming Home, was written by Sjonni Brink. He was also due to perform the song himself in the Icelandic semi-finals, but died before they took place. Instead of withdrawing the song, six of his friends came together to perform the song in his memory. They proved to be an unstoppable force as they won the right to represent Iceland in Dusseldorf. Sentiment can be a powerful emotion which some felt could have given Iceland its first victory. In the end, despite a strong and professional performance which would have made Sjonni proud, reaching the final was as good as it got. 

Every contest usually sees accusations of plagiarism, and 2011 was no different. The band representing Denmark, A Friend In London, had no sooner won the Danish final than videos were being posted on contest related sites which showed more than a passing similarity between their song, New Tomorrow, and three or four other songs. As is not uncommon, no official complaint was received by the EBU so the fuss soon died down.

While Denmark managed to have no problems where there may have been some, the Belarusians were not so lucky. They selected Anastasiya Vinnikova to sing a very patriotic song called Born in Byelorussia. However, the lyrics didn’t pass the political content test and so Anastasiya was sent to Dusseldorf with the equally patriotic but less political I Love Belarus.

For the first time since the very early days of the Eurovision Song Contest, the winner of the previous year came back to defend her title. Lena made it known soon after Satellite had given her and Germany victory that she would welcome the opportunity to participate again in Dusseldorf. This was an offer that NDR didn’t turn down, and so songs were commissioned for the German public to choose for her.

After many years of campaigning by fans, Italian broadcaster, RAI, submitted an entry for the first time since 1997. A continuation of the return of one of the favourite Eurovision countries may be in doubt due to the low viewing figures in Italy, especially in the second semi-final in which they voted. Italy was not the only nation to enter the contest after an absence, San Marino entered for the second time, Hungary also came back into the fold and Austria also entered again having dropped out after the 2007 contest. All in all, this brought a field of 43 delegations to Germany to fight it out.

The winner of the 1998 contest, Dana International came back to try again. Other returning acts were Dino Merlin and Zdob și Zdub. Some of the acts were already known to the viewers. Blue put their credibility on the line for the United Kingdom, while Jedward tried to gain some by ‘singing’ for Ireland.

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