Following initial reports in local media outlets this morning, BNT has officially confirmed that Bulgaria will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020!
A sponsor is on board
According to the initial report by 24chasa.bg, the BNT general director revealed that a sponsor will take care of Eurovision costs. This includes the participation fee, creating a song and accompanying music video, costumes, promoting the song abroad and even the travel costs for the Bulgarian delegation to The Netherlands in May.
An investment for culture
In recent years, Eurovision costs for BNT have generally amounted to approximately 200,000-250,000 euros. Nevertheless, the general director of BNT tells 24chasa.bg that this has surpassed 500,000 euros on occasion.
“Lots of people have money, but few invest in culture. That is why I am thankful that a sponsor has done that for BNT. This is not money that is wasted. Bulgaria has had a strong representation at Eurovision, so it is worth continuining that trend, and why not develop world-wide producer activity”BNT director general (translated)
Ready to continue recent success?
Following three consecutive appearances in the Eurovision final, including two top 5 finishes courtesy of Poli Genova and Kristian Kostov, BNT were forced to pull out of the 2019 contest due to financial issues.
However, with a restructuring of the broadcaster and management board and a sponsor stumping up the cash, Bulgaria will be making their return to the world’s biggest entertainment show in 2020.
ESCXTRA.com will bring you any official statement as soon as we receive it.