12 Eurovision appearances, but only three times in the final. Stats clearly tell that things hasn't been easy for Bulgaria when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest. When they do qualify however, they are guaranteed a success. All three times, Bulgaria made it to the final, they ended in top 5.
First Bulgarian success came in 2007, in the country's third participating year. Elitsa & Stoyan's Water charmed Europe into awarding them a 5th place. They were followed by six years in a row where the country failed to reach the final.
Due to financial difficulties, Bulgaria did not take part in 2014 and 2015. They however came back stronger after that. Poli Genova finished fourth in 2016, and the year after Kristian Kostov secured a second place with his Beautiful Mess.