Earlier this day, the official statement of Bulgaria withdrawing from the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv shook eurofans across the world.
Even though the country confirmed its participation quite early and publicly informed about their next steps, the operator of Eurovision Project on behalf of Bulgaria’s National Television (BNT) Deyan Yordanov quit, leaving us wondering whether the country will withdraw from the contest or keep participating under a new team.
Earlier this morning it was officially confirmed that Bulgaria is not participating in 2019, while EBU released its official statement few moments ago.
We regret that Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has taken the decision not to enter the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. BNT has been an enthusiastic participant and enjoyed great success in the contest in recent years. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future.
Petition supporting Bulgaria
Since the official statements were brought to light, more than 2,500 people have signed an online petition supporting the country and hoping it will stay in the contest, using the hashtag #TheyWillNeverBreakUsDown.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision
Bulgaria took part for the very first time back in 2005, even though they had to wait for 2 years to qualify in the Grand Final, finishing 5th – country’s best result prior to 2016. After failing to qualify for 5 consecutive years, Bulgaria decided to withdraw from the contest in 2014, just to come back 2 years later stronger than ever.
Returning to the contest seemed to be a success for the country, since the country qualifies every year and being amongst the hot favourites to win the contest every year. The most successful entry up to date was last year, finishing 2nd at the Grand Final and almost wining the contest. Without any doubt, Bulgaria became a new powerhouse to the contest, thus making eurofans anxiously waiting for their next entry every year.
What was your reaction to Bulgaria’s withdraw? What is your favourite Bulgarian entry?