EXCLUSIVE | Bulgaria and Montenegro will not participate in Eurovision 2023!

We can exclusively reveal that both Bulgaria and Montenegro will not take part in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, that is set to take place in Liverpool, in May.

The main reason behind RTCG’s (Radio and Television of Montenegro) decision not to participate seems to be the latter’s financial difficulties. It is not the first time that RTCG has withdrawn from ESC due to financial difficulties. They did so in 2010, 2011, 2020 (RTCG announced that it would not participate before the Contest was cancelled due to Covid-19), and 2021.

The BNT’s (Bulgarian National Television) decision not enter the Contest seems to be the result of both BNT’s financial difficulties and the political uncertainty in the country. Bulgaria did not enter the Contest in 2014 and 2015 for similar reasons.

As of this time, only the following 34 countries have publicly confirmed their intentions to participate in the 2023 ESC:

Semi-finals (28 countries)

San Marino

Final (Big Five & Ukraine)

United Kingdom

Countries that took part in ESC 2022 but have not expressed any intention about ESC 2023

Czech Republic
North Macedonia

If the above four countries do not enter the Contest, ESC 2023 is set to become the ESC edition with the fewer participants since 2003. Semi-final(s) format was introduced in 2004 with just one semi-final, and was replaced with the two semi-finals’ setting in 2008 and onwards.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the details about the upcoming ESC!

Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project will present a classic modern rock show in Turin!

Intelligent Music Project revealed what they have prepared for their stage presentation on the stage of Eurovision 2022!

Before leaving for Turin, Intelligent Music Project spoke to BNT about their expectations and plans for the contest. Slavin Slavchev, a band’s singer, said:

The song has its advantages and mainly stands out from the rest. Most of the participants have chosen electronic dance type sound. There is something for true rock’n’roll lovers on the song palette this year. We hope to be able to touch the hearts of rock fans in some way and I call on all who identify in some way to support us.

Discussing their stage appearance, they revealed:

we made a classic modern rock show on stage with effects, lights and LED screens.

Intelligent Music Project will appear seventh in the first Semifinal on May 10.

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Bulgaria: “A fan created this whole story”, BNT answers | EXCLUSIVE

The whole Eurovision community, of course, has been dealing with Bulgaria since the morning and what is finally going to happen on 15/3, which also has to do with Kristian Kostov. Eurovisionfun addressed the Intelligent Music Project, who were also surprised to see the developments from the morning. According to the answer given to them by the country’s public television, the confusion was created by a fan of the contest who had access to the BNT account. The tweets have been deleted and now the topic is considered over!

What happened

For everything that happened in the morning, you can read our relevant article. In short, two of today’s tweets were enough to trigger literally countless scenarios, regarding the country’s participation in this year’s competition and Kristian Kostov’s involvement in it.

All this resulted in a rise in Bulgaria in betting, which reached the third place, from 39th in the morning.

Eurovisionfun contacted a representative of the Intelligent Music Project to clarify the situation, who told us the following:

BNT’s respond is that the author of these posts is a fan and now the posts have been deleted.

Kristian Kostov’s answer

Kristian Kostov also had no knowledge on the subject, who recently tweeted, thanked all the fans of the contest for the love he received today with their messages and comments and expressed his desire to return to the stage of the contest, sometime in the future.

This is how the today’s drama in Eurovision world ended!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news around Bulgaria’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Bulgaria: Enigmatic tweet from public television with Kristian Kostov!

A tweet on the official account of Bulgarian public television for the Eurovision Song Contest has sparked scenarios and rumors.

This tweet mentions some lyrics of Intention, the song with which the Intelligent Music Project will represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2022, there is a photo of Kristian Kostov and writes soon…

BNT then posted another tweet. Probably a date: 15/03, ie March 15. Obviously then they will reveal this surprise. By the way, on March 15, Kristian Kostov has his birthday!

What makes the story more interesting is that they have deleted all the tweets related to the Intelligent Music Project, even the retweet for the band’s participation in the Eurovision pre party in Amsterdam!

We remind you that Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria at Eurovision 2017, occupying the second place, the best place the country has ever taken in the competition.

What can the above mean? Is it just a collaboration of the Intelligent Music Project with Kristian Kostov? Will they do a cover of Intention together or is it something bigger?

We will find out soon…

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding the participation of Bulgaria in Eurovision 2022!

Bulgaria: Eurovisionfun will be in Sofia for the first live performance of “Intention”!

We gladly accepted the honorary invitation of the Inteligent Music Project to attend the first live performance of Intention, the Bulgarian entry in Eurovision 2022!

On the evening of Saturday, February 5, at the Sofia Live Club, Inteligent Music Project will give a live concert for their fans in the Bulgarian capital. We will be there to bring you everything that will happen, while of course we will also host an interview of the Bulgarian representatives in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

So stay tuned to our website, but also to all our social media, for exclusive videos and photos from the live appearance of the Inteligent Music Project!

Who are the Inteligent Music Project?

Over the years some of the most popular rock musicians in the world have contributed to the project, including: Simon Phillips (TOTO, Protocol), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath), Joseph Williams (TOTO), John Payne (ex-Asia), John Lawton (Uriah Heep, Lucifer’s Friend), Carl Sentence (Nazareth), Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, etc.), Todd Sucherman (Styx), and Time Pierce (Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson).

The Intelligent Music Project have performed in Greece as well, while on March 25 they will appear again in Thessaloniki!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news related to our favorite contest!

Bulgaria: Intention’s release on December 7th!

Contrary to what we have been accustomed to in recent years, Bulgarian public television is very likely to be the first to announce its song for Eurovision 2022.

Earlier, BNT made public what was leaked months ago, that the rock band Intelligent Music Project will represent the Balkan country in Turin. With them will be Ronnie Romero as a singer, but also drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who in 2007 and 2013 represented Bulgaria, along with Elitsa.

The changes that have taken place in the team working on the Eurovision project in Bulgaria are obvious. Apart from the different artistic approach that BNT follows this year, choosing an experienced rock band, in contrast with the young artists who represented the country in previous years, we also have a different way of presenting the song.

Through Twitter the Bulgarian public television stated that this year we will not wait long to hear their participation (which was traditionally one of the last to be released). As a Christmas present to all fans, Intention as their song is titled, will be released on December 7th, along with its video!


This will be the 14th participation of Bulgaria in the competition, which so far their best result is a second place, in 2017 with Kristian Kostov and Beautiful Mess. In Rotterdam, the country was represented by Victoria, with Growing Up Is Getting Old, finishing in eleventh place.

What do you think will be the fate of the Intelligent Music Project in Turin?

Bulgaria: Ronnie Romero & Intelligent Music Project will represent the country at Eurovision 2022!

Rock supergroup Intelligent Music Project along with Ronnie Romero will represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin with the song ‘Intention’. The today’s news confirmed our article, some months ago, that the famous rock band was selected internally to represent Bulgaria in the contest.

The band’s participation was announced at a special press conference given by the CEO of broadcaster BNT Emil Koshlukov and Dr. Milen Vrabevski; creator of Intelligent Music Project, with its ever-changing line-up of superstars.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that rock god Ronnie Romero (lead vocalist of legendary Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) will front the ensemble!

The band also features Bisser Ivanov, Slavin Slavchev (the winner of X-Factor Bulgaria), Ivo Stefanov, Dimiter Sirakov and drummer Stoyan Yankoulov.

Eurovision fans will recognise Stoyan from his two previous outings at the Contest with vocalist Elitsa: Voda (Water) finished 5th in Helsinki 2007, while Samo Shampioni narrowly missed out on a Grand Final place in Malmö 2013.

Details of Intention remain a heavily guarded secret but all will be revealed at the beginning of December on BNT1.

In the meantime, if you’re into hard-rock songs with progressive hooks, driven by catchy guitar riffs and keyboards, there’s plenty of Intelligent Music Group’s back catalogue to enjoy online.

Source: ΒΝΤ

Bulgaria: Among six potential songs the internal selection for Eurovision 2021!

Up to six candidate songs will be considered for the internal selection of the Bulgarian Public Television (BNT) for Eurovision 2021, as revealed in an interview with Victoria.

Following the release of Ugly Cry, which has been announced as one of the six (at most) songs that will feature Bulgaria in Eurovision 2021, Victoria explained to BNT that she is currently working on two more candidate songs for contest.

The announcement of the song, which will be Bulgaria’s participation in Eurovision 2021, will be announced in March. The internal selection will be made between six candidate songs.

You can listen Ugly Cry below:

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Bulgaria: Victoria’s song for Eurovision 2021 will be revealed in March!

The Bulgarian representative at Eurovision 2021, Victoria, was invited to a show on Bulgarian television, BNT.

Of course, among other things, the subject of the discussion was the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Victoria has revealed that the song with which she will compete in Eurovision 2021, will be ready at the beginning of the new year, while it is expected to be announced to the public in March.

Victoria’s song was selected at the Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp, which took place from August 16 to 26 in Burgas and Primorsko, Bulgaria, and featured various artists and songwriters preparing for Eurovision 2021.

Among them was the representative of Switzerland, Gjon’s Tears, Ben Dolic who was the representative of Germany in Eurovision 2020 and will try to win the anointing of Germany again next year, as well as the Symphonix.

You can watch the whole interview in the following video:

Her participation in Eurovision 2020, “Tears Getting Sober”, may no longer be able to compete due to the cancellation of this year’s contest, Bulgarian Public Television soon announced Victoria as the country’s representative for 2021.

Below you can listen to “Tears Getting Sober”, Bulgaria’s participation in Eurovision 2020:

Source: BNT

Bulgaria: With Victoria at Eurovision 2021

Rumors of the previous days have finally been confirmed. Bulgaria will be represented by Victoria Georgieva at Eurovision 2021! In a series of tweets on Twitter, the Bulgarian delegation has referred extensively to the issue of the cancellation of this year’s contest, the potential financial difficulties that may arise from this crisis and its forthcoming representation at Eurovision!

The announcement

In particular, some of the tweets mentioned features:

“As one of the countries that have implemented the strongest measures against the spread of 2019-nCOV, we fully understand the reasons for the decision to cancel the Eurovision Song Contest. In a situation like this health should be the top priority.

We would like to thank the contest team for their passion and professionalism. We sincerely hope that everyone will have the opportunity to see the result of their hard work next year.

Unfortunately, this situation will put additional pressure on many public service broadcasters and their partners, especially in Eastern Europe. To date, these consequences cannot be properly assessed.

In any event, it is necessary to devise a strategy for the commercialization of competition in the light of a possible economic crisis in the world and the impact it would have on the budgets of the various stakeholders.

Prior to its cancellation, Eurovision was an excellent tool for promoting international cooperation. Of course always through music and art. We believe that this will continue to be the case in the future.

In 2020 Bulgaria returned after a year’s absence for economic reasons. We would like to thank all our sponsors who helped us in this regard. And of course a huge thank you to Victoria, Symphonix and Marvin Dietmann!

Bulgaria’s return to Eurovision was not intended to be a one-time effort. We believe that this competition is extremely beneficial to Bulgarian artists and the local television industry not only by providing us with a great exposure but also opportunities to expand our knowledge.

Having analyzed all the circumstances and with the belief that now Eurovision needs the unconditional support of all its members and the community, we would like to announce that Bulgaria will participate in Eurovision 2021!”

The artist’s announcement and Victoria’s reaction:

And the announcement goes on, stating:

“Once again our representative will be Victoria! As she has already stated, and despite the decision made yesterday, we believe that the right move is to give artists and participating broadcasters the right to decide how to proceed according to their particular circumstances”

The reaction of Bulgaria’s 22-year-old representative via social media was immediate:

“I am very proud to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021! I am grateful for the Bulgarian delegation that gives me the opportunity for the second time.

I would also like to congratulate Blas, Efendi, Gjon, Jeangu, Stefania, Hooverphonic, Go_A and Tornike who are also going to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021! I also hope that the other 2020 artists will be selected by their respective broadcasters to represent their country and time.

The decision not to perform this year’s songs makes me very sad! “Tears Getting Sober” is the 1st project in which they have been so actively involved. Many people have invested countless hours”

So, Bulgaria is yet another country to be represented by the same artist at Eurovision 2021!