After four successful years co-ordinating Eurovision projects for BNT, the broadcaster for Bulgaria, Deyan Yordanov has left the role detailing that his last day was “the most difficult one” as it involved writing “the most difficult press release”.
Rumours swirl about withdrawal
Overnight, on Eurovision message-board service escnation, a comment sparked conversation about Bulgarian withdrawal with a message stating:
According to my source very close to EBU one country from the list in 2018 withdraws and that surprisingly is Bulgaria. Noone knows the exact reason, but apparently they have pulled out in the last second.‘Alex’ on escnation
Whilst the official BNT Eurovision Twitter account has acknowledged Yordanov’s statement, they did not elaborate on the press release that was explicitly referenced.
Bulgaria find consistency over the last four years
In his statement, Yordanov described the “four amazing years” which he has had as Eurovision project co-ordinator for BNT.
The past four years have seen consecutive final appearances for Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest as well as a very successful hosting of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia in 2015 following a runner-up result secured by Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim in 2014.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was hosted by Poli Genova, widely recognised as a Eurovision fan favourite after her entry “Na inat” in 2011 was judged by many to have been ‘robbed’ as a non-qualifier.
Genova returned to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “If Love Was a Crime” and finished in a surprising fourth place, giving Bulgaria their best result to date at the time.
The following year, in 2017, supremely experienced young singer Kristian Kostov was selected internally to represent Bulgaria with the song “Beautiful Mess”. After winning his semifinal, Kostov finished in second place in the Grand Final and gave Bulgaria their first ‘podium finish’ at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Stick with ESCXTRA as we follow this developing story. We will bring you more following the publication of the aforementioned press release.
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