As many of you may know, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov have been already selected by BNT to represent the Balkanic country in Malmö. They are remembered for giving their country their best position so far, 5th, achieved with "Water" in Helsinki 2007. The captivating chants of Elitsa combined with the percussion of Stoyan were the formula for success, and BNT is confident on a similar or even better result this time.
Today, the three candidate songs were announced; they were selected from a field of five songs submitted by the duo. All of them were written and composed by Elitsa Todorova and associated acts. In a live show, they were announced.
The Eurovision fans and experts have already talked about each song, and we are able to tell you which are the favourites already!
Samo Shampioni (Only Champions)
Petio Kostadinov has contributed with his bagpipe skills for this song, which explodes with a lot of rhythm and emotion. It is already the favourite of many, and some have pointed that the chants Elitsa does in the middle of the song are very reminiscent of "Water", their 2007 entry. It is also the song with more percussion, out of the three contestants.
WRITTEN BY: Elitsa Todorova, Kristiyan Talev
COMPOSED BY: Elitsa Todorova, Kristiyan Talev
ARRANGEMENTS: Stoyan Yankoulov, Kristiyan Talev
DZUPAJ, LIBE BOSO (Jump, Barefoot Sweetheart) feat. Skiller & Jahmmi
This song is the second favourite for Bulgaria. It is actually an innovative concept for Eurovision somehow. When have we seen rap, dancehall and Bulgarian traditional music and chants together, with a few influences from Beatbox, Reggae and Hip-Hop? Seriously, where? It sounds like the song that would represent Jamaica in Eurovision (supposing they could participate), if Bulgaria was hosting. A good example of globalization.
WRITTEN BY: Elitsa Todorova, Tsvetelin Grudanski
COMPOSED BY: Elitsa Todorova, Tsvetelin Grudanski
ARRANGEMENTS: Stoyan Yankoulov, Skiller
It seems that that's what this song will need (luck) in order to represent Bulgaria. Few people have actually liked it, as most do not fancy the idea of having a chillout folk song. Interestingly enough, this one seems actually the strongest one vocally. Bagpipes do not lack here, as well as the characteristic Elitsa's chants. As part of the performance, there's a nice typical Balkanic choreography.
WRITTEN BY: Elitsa Todorova
COMPOSED BY: Elitsa Todorova, Bistrishkite Babi
ARRANGEMENTS: Stoyan Yankoulov, Dzhonatan Tesej Kintar
THE FINAL VEREDICT?
Definitely, there's not a winner in this national final, so for sure, we won't be going to Sofia for 2014. However, a top 10 might be possible with any of the two favourites (given the overall lack of high quality of the chosen entries so far) and a meaningful performance. After all, just this duo could perform this genre (Bulgarian fusion folk) and do it well.
From now on, and until March 3rd, the songs will be broadcasted through TV and radio. That night, the national final, will have the three songs being performed live behold a small audience and the special jury in the BNT Studios. The televoting outcome (50% of the final ranking) will come from SMS and telephone voting. The other 50% comes from the special jury, composed by five people, which in fact, will be the same jury for Bulgaria in the actual Eurovision.
Bulgaria has been drawn in the first half of the Second Semifinal. As such, votes may come from Armenia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Spain. If succesful, it'll be the second time Bulgaria performs in the final of Eurovision (the last time was with "Water" in 2007).