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Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi Final! (Live)

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! We can already hear the “Sound of Music” echoing from Pala Olimpico in Turin and it’s just a few days before we finally know who is actually going to win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

The dress rehearsal of the Eurovision 2022 First Semi Final has just started. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live at both the on-site press centre in Turin and at the online press centre and we will be covering this rehearsal, commenting on all the performances and describing in detail what is happening during the show.

You will be able to to follow the entire process and get the feeling that you are right at the heart of the contest! This article gets updated in nearly real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest details about this dress rehearsal for the First Semi Final show, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow May 10th, at 21:00 CEST when the actual semi-final show takes place.

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Bulgaria – Austria: Janan Dural and Philipp Hansa revealed as Eurovision 2022 spokespersons!

Today BNT and ÖRF revealed who will announce the 12 points for Bulgaria and Austria. The Bulgarian jury’s results will be announced by Janan Dural, while the Austrian jury’s results will be announced by Philipp Hansa.

Journalist and presenter Janan Dural is best known for her work on BNT News.

In addition to hosting Hitradio O3, Philipp Hansa has appeared in numerous independent films. Spokesperson Austria has released the 2019 and 2021 ratings.

Also, Eurovision 2022 spokespersons have been announced for the following countries:
  • Austria – Philipp Hansa
  • Belgium – David Jeanmotte
  • Bulgaria – Janan Dural
  • Croatia – Monika Lelas Halambek
  • France – Élodie Gossuin
  • Georgia – Helen Kalandadze
  • Greece – Stefania
  • Italy – Carolina Di Domenico
  • Iceland – Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir
  • Lithuania – Vaidotas Valiukevičius
  • Montenegro – Zombijana Bones
  • Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
  • Slovenia – Lorella Flego
  • Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  • Sweden – Dotter
  • Ukraine – Kateryna Pavlenko
  • United Kingdom – AJ Odudu

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Bulgaria: Eurovisionfun met ‘Intelligent Music Project” in Thessaloniki!

We spent a beautiful afternoon with the Intelligent Music Project, who visited Thessaloniki as part of the promotion regarding their participation at Eurovision 2022.

The meeting took place at the Onoma Hotel. The Intelligent Music Project, after giving an interview to Rock Radio 104.7 returned to the hotel where, following their meeting with members of the Bulgarian community of the city, they had plenty of time to talk to us.

The rock band, which this year represents Bulgaria with their song Intention, is on a big European tour in view of their participation at 66th Eurovision Song Contest. On Tuesday, they also shot their live on tape video, where they focused the previous days with the result, according to them, justifying the team. They are looking forward to being on the Eurovision stage, as they believe that live is their strong point, something that they believe the viewers will also appreciate.

The Intelligent Music Project spoke with the warmest words about Amanda, but also about her song, since as they characteristically said, she has one of the most beautiful songs of this year’s competition.

Of course we could not leave without hearing them singing Intention live, but also performing their own version of My Number One.

 

Who are Intelligent Music Project?

Intelligent Music Project is a ‘supergroup’, consisting of local and international stars, which was formed in 2011 by Dr. Milen Vrabevski, an important figure in the Bulgarian industry. Dr. Vrabevski is known for his charity and business activities. He is the producer, composer and lyricist of the band!

With a combination of melancholic, but also hard rock sound and thoughtful lyrics containing topical messages, especially for the youth, the songs of Intelligent Music Project always make a sensation.

Throughout the years of the band’s existence, some of the biggest names in the world rock music scene have contributed to Intelligent Music Project. With its current line-up, the band’s main vocalist is Ronnie Romero, Bisser Ivanov, Slavin Slavchev (winner of Bulgaria’s X-Factor), Ivo Stefanov, Dimiter Sirakov and drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who represented Bulgaria in 2007 and 2013 with Elitsa.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Bulgaria’s participation at Eurovision 2022!


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Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project give an exclusive interview to Eurovisionfun!

This year, Intelligent Music Project will represent Bulgaria, with their song “Intention“. Eurovisionfun, after the kind and honourable invitation of the band, was in Sofia a few days ago, for the first live performance of the song with which they will represent Bulgaria in Turin.

Who are Intelligent Music Project?

Intelligent Music Project is a ‘supergroup’, consisting of local and international stars, which was formed in 2011 by Dr. Milen Vrabevski, an important figure in the Bulgarian industry. Dr. Vrabevski is known for his charity and business activities. He is the producer, composer and lyricist of the band!

With a combination of melancholic, but also hard rock sound and thoughtful lyrics containing topical messages, especially for the youth, the songs of Intelligent Music Project always make a sensation.

Throughout the years of the band’s existence, some of the biggest names in the world rock music scene have contributed to Intelligent Music Project. With its current line-up, the band’s main vocalist is Ronnie Romero, Bisser Ivanov, Slavin Slavchev (winner of Bulgaria’s X-Factor), Ivo Stefanov, Dimiter Sirakov and drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who represented Bulgaria in 2007 and 2013 with Elitsa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HySI2igCcx4&feature=emb_title

The interview

Shortly before their live performance at Sofia Live Club, Intelligent Music Project spoke to us exclusively, about how they were selected by the Bulgarian Public Television, Intention, their plans for Turin etc.

Thank you very much for the invitation. Can you tell us some information about Intelligent Music Project? How was it created?

Dr. Vrabevski created the band. We have released several albums and have toured several countries in the last three years. Our creator and producer has found the best musicians, who now make up Intelligent Music Project. We have musicians from Bulgaria, but also from other parts of the world, like Ronnie Romero. We try to always be full of energy in everything we do. That’s how Eurovision came about, we are very grateful for that.

In a word, what is the formula for success after so many years?

The message!

Let’s go now to the Eurovision contest. You were the first artists to be announced for the next contest, as well as your song. Do you think this is positive or negative for your luck in Turin?

We are not the ones who wait to see what others will do so that we can do the same. We were ready because we had our new album ready. We don’t follow the paths that other people take, we make our own path. Even if we waited to announce our song for later it wouldn’t change anything. It would be the same song, since we had already recorded our new album.

How did you get selected by the Bulgarian public television?

There was an internal process, where different artists submitted their proposals. Intention was considered the best choice.

(Addressing Stoyan) This will be your third entry, do you feel it will be somewhat different this time?

Eurovision changes every year! It’s a traditional competition that keeps changing its form. New songs, new trends, new lights, technology etc. So that means it will be basically my first time!

Anyway, you owe us 12 points from 2007!

I remember! (Laughs)

So Ronnie, what is the message of Intention?

Intention sends an important message. Because of the difficult times we experienced during the pandemic, people want to feel optimistic that a change for the better will come, but in order for that to happen they have to have the Intention to change things.

We are from Greece, a country where we know that you have a lot of fans who follow you and you have given several concerts. Do you expect support from the Greek audience in the Eurovision contest?

We expect support from all countries. For us it’s a great opportunity to promote our music on such a big stage like Eurovision. We will do on the Torino stage what we know and love the most.

Have you seen other Eurovision 2022 participants?

We have seen some. The Italian representatives are very good. It will be a great competition!

Since we are in Italy. Would you participate in this year’s Eurovision contest if a rock band, Måneskin, didn’t win last year? Did they somehow pave the way for you?

We’ve been playing rock music a lot longer than Måneskin. That wasn’t the motivation for us. Our motivation is the opportunity that Eurovision gives us to connect with so many people and have them see our work.

What are your plans for promotion between now and May?

We’ll be doing some concerts between now and then. Thessaloniki, Brussels, Paris, Turin! We want fans of the competition to see Intelligent Music Project perform Intention live. That’s our strong point. We have a lot of work to do with rehearsals, choreography!

What would you like to say to the contest fans?

Good luck to the Greek participant! We love Greeks because we have many good friends. Greece always votes for Bulgaria and Bulgaria votes for Greece, so we hope that this year will be the same.

Thank you very much!

We thank you, we hope you enjoy the competition!

More information about the live concert of Intelligent Music Project in Thessaloniki on March 25th can be found HERE.

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

Bulgaria: Victoria Georgieva in Rotterdam

Bulgaria’s Public Broadcaster,BNT, has announced that 22-year-old Victoria Georgieva will represent the country in its comeback in the contest!

Recall that as BNT General Manager Emil Kuslokov revealed at the end of last month, Bulgaria’s return to Eurovision was made possible by a British production company, which was responsible for all the costs of participation. As revealed in today’s BNT press conference, this company is Ostereo.

In addition to the sponsor announcement, however, the BNT also unveiled Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2020 representative in Rotterdam in May. This is Victoria Georgieva, 22 years old who became known to the Bulgarian public through her participation in the fourth edition of X Factor, 2015.

Although the judges over the past three years mostly didn’t go to Victoria in the Lives, 2015 was her year. She was named Adele of Bulgaria and although she was not the final winner, having left 9th Live, her performances were perhaps more impressive than all the contestants.

The song, with which will compete on stage at Ahoy Arena, will be selected as an internal selection by Bulgarian Public Television, the sponsored production company and the artist’s team. It will be announced in March with the release of the relevant video clip. At this point it should be noted, however, that in the summer she was recording in the studio with Borislav Milanov, who was the composer of all of Bulgaria’s performances from 2016 onwards.

Below you can hear her latest single, released a few months ago:

Bulgaria: Back to Eurovision again

This day started with a pleasant surprise for the Eurovision constitution and the Europeans all over Europe . Bulgaria is returning after this year’s absence from the contest for financial reasons, according to BNT General Manager of the country’s public broadcaster Emil Kuslokov.

One major sponsor will cover all costs of Bulgarian participation in Rotterdam

The Director General of BNT today announced that Bulgaria will be present at Eurovision 2020, having already confirmed its participation in the EBU.

A major sponsor will cover all costs (from participation fee, to travel, subsistence, stage presentation, video clip, costume, etc.). The sponsor will be present at a special press conference soon. The relevant amount is expected to be between 400,000 and 500,000 Leva.

“Many people have money, but few invest in culture. Therefore, I feel the need to thank the sponsor for what he does for the BNT. It’s not money thrown into the wind. Bulgaria had strong performances in Eurovision. so it is worth continuing this tradition, and why not pursue global productive activity”

(Emil Kuslokov, for Bulgaria’s return to Eurovision)

British production company the big sponsor

We may not yet know who is hiding behind Bulgaria’s return to the contest, but what we do know is that it is a large British production company, for which the BBC sent an hour-long video to BNT to use in its presentation.

According to Emil Kuslokov, the company has major projects and collaborations with international stars such as Beyonce.

The company will choose both the song and the artist to represent Bulgaria in Rotterdam on May 12, 14 and 16, hoping to continue the success of the country in the competition.

UPDATE

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The news has now been confirmed by the Bulgarian public broadcaster Twitter account, the tool BTN has used for so many years to make announcements about the contest.

https://twitter.com/bg_eurovision/status/1189460222722613250?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1189460222722613250&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Feurovisionfun.com%2F2019%2F10%2F%25ce%25b2%25ce%25bf%25cf%2585%25ce%25bb%25ce%25b3%25ce%25b1%25cf%2581%25ce%25af%25ce%25b1-%25ce%25b5%25cf%2580%25ce%25b9%25cf%2583%25cf%2584%25cf%2581%25ce%25ad%25cf%2586%25ce%25b5%25ce%25b9-%25cf%2583%25cf%2584%25ce%25bf%25ce%25bd-%25ce%25b4%25ce%25b9%25ce%25b1%25ce%25b3%25cf%2589%25ce%25bd%25ce%25b9%25cf%2583%25ce%25bc%2F

 

We may have had the withdrawal of Hungary in the past few days, but today we have been informed of the return of Bulgaria, which together with Ukraine, after their absence this year, will make the event a bit  more interesting.

In 2018, Bulgaria was represented by Equinox with “Bones”, taking 14th place:

Source: 24chasa.bg

EBU’s announcement to Bulgaria’s withdrawal

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.

EBU’sannouncement

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?

Source: Eurovision.tv