Minutes ago, it was announced that the Bulgarian entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed on the 21st of March and is called If Love Was A Crime. Bulgaria will be the last country to present its 2016 Eurovision entry.
Following their two-year absence, the Bulgarian Broadcaster BNT confirmed their participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on the 26th of November 2015. On January 24th, BNT announced through their official Twitter account that a female singer will wave their flag in Stockholm. Some weeks later, on February 19th, BNT revealed that Poli Genova had been internally selected to represent Bulgaria at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Poli’s song is written by Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Armann, Joachim Bo Persson, and Poli Genova herself, is titled If Love Was A Crime and will be presented on March 21st via Eurovision.tv. It’s an international production as the composers of the song are part of Symphonics International, which is already a famous brand in the pop music scene for having joint projects with worldwide stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears. Teodosi Spasov, a renowned Bulgarian flutist, took part also in the recording of the song.
The song is powerful, engaging and casts the one and only universal message – love is above all other circumstances. Love is something we discover everywhere around us and it is a feeling that is an essential part of us. It brings us energy and faith. And we feel exactly the same way, because we know love is what makes us unstoppable. We want this message to reach everyone in this world.
Who is Poli Genova?
Poli graduated from The National Music School “Ljubomir Pipkov”, focusing on clarinet. Now she is in her third year of study to become a film director. Even so, she continues her singing career and is involved in several projects. Genova is part of the UNICEF Charity Project “The Magnificent Six”, stands as a vocalist for “Azis’ Show” and “Dani Milev Band” in the first edition of the reality show “Dancing with the Stars: Bulgaria”.
In 2005 and 2006 she took part in the National Selection of Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the trio “Melody”.In 2011 she represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Na Inat, but didn’t qualify to the final.
She was a judge on the first series of the Bulgarian version of The X Factor. She was also hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which was held in Sofia.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgaria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since their debut in 2005. The country’s best result is a fifth-place finish for Elitsa & Stoyan at the 2007 contest in Helsinki. Bulgaria has failed to qualify for the final on its eight other appearances at the contest, most narrowly in 2012, when Sofi Marinova lost out on the 10th qualifying place from the second semi-final in a tie-break with Norway.
Until the big reveal, enjoy clips from Bulgaria’s past, hopefully seeing something you haven’t seen before in this highlight video: