Bulgarian broadcaster BNT have stated that they have not ruled out returning to Junior Eurovision in 2020, but a return is unlikely due to the “ongoing restrictions” and current circumstances.
Bulgaria are no strangers to Junior Eurovision after taking part in the contest six times. The 2015 contest was also held in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, following Bulgaria’s second place finish at the 2014 contest.
Will Bulgaria “Move the World”?
Replying to a tweet by journalist Vasil Vasilev, Twitter user @onurrakin96 hoped that Bulgaria would be returning to the contest in Warsaw, saying that “We want to see Bulgaria in 2020. I can’t wait [until] 2021…”.
Later that day, BNT issued a reply on Twitter.
If Bulgaria were to return to the contest in 2021, it would be the first time that they entered Junior Eurovision in five years. Lidia Ganeva last represented the country in 2016.
Deciding factor: finance?
Speaking to ESCPlus, the broadcaster hinted that a return would possibly be on the cards if they were able to gather funding to cover the participation cost. BNT’s main focus is to ensure their participation in Eurovision is stable, before focusing on returning to Junior Eurovision.
The report also hints that Bulgaria will not take part in the 2020 contest, but this is yet to be officially confirmed, as the tweet stating that they will not “rule out” a return was issued by BNT a day later.
Bulgaria at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Making their debut in 2007, Bon-Bon were the first Bulgarian representatives at Junior Eurovision. Their entry, “Bonbolandiya”, placed 7th with 86 points. They didn’t quite gain the same success the following year, and placed last with just 15 points.
Bulgaria did not participate in 2009 or 2010, however they returned for one contest in 2011 when they placed 8th. Their best result came in 2014 – the first of three entries in their third run of participations. Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim’s “Planet of the Children” gained 147 points and placed 2nd.
In 2015, Bulgaria hosted the contest, with Poli Genova taking up the role as host in Sofia. They also managed a 9th place finish, a result they matched again in their most recent Junior Eurovision attempt in 2016.
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