Bulgaria narrows down the field for its national selection

Bulgarian broadcaster BNT have just completed the first phase of their search for the successor to Poli Genova in Baku, 2012. The deadline for entry submissions with BNT expired on the 11th of November.

The broadcaster apparently received a total of 64 entries, the number was subsequently reduced to a further 33 entries, which will then be subject to a live audition on the 23rd of November. A specially formed jury comprising professionals from the music industry together with other experts had the task of choosing the entries to go on to the next round, their decisions based purely on the strength and quality of the entry itself. The jurors have clearly had a hard time of things in
making their minds up, as the original number of entries to be chosen was set at 30.

More information will be released surrounding the selection process on the 23rd of November, when further details surrounding the semi finals in January and February are expected to be made known. These were originally pencilled in for December, but were rescheduled. Once the live auditions are done and dusted, the final number of candidates still in the running will be officially confirmed, but is expected to be 22 in total.

Two entries were disqualified by BNT due to violation of participation regulations, both entries coming from the group Bee In The Bonnet, with Don’t Keep Me Waiting and Still On My Mind. The following names are therefore still in the running:

Dess Love is Alive
Teni OmedeWithout You
Tsvetelin Atanasov-Elvisa ft. DZLove Goes Around
Todor GadzhalovStill Love You
Rene RanevAlone
Ivaylo KolevSearching for the Words
Steliyana HristovaPutyat
Stoyan PetrovWnerin
Sonya IvanovaFinalna Lyubov
Petr NikolaevWith You
Ivaylo KolevIma li put
Simona SivanioCome with Me
Alex & 4GiveDream
Niki ManolovThat Girl
Vyara Pantaleeva – Byara
Sunnie – Love is the Meaning
Sofi MarinovaProsto Lyubov
Better than GreyDream
Simona SivanioEternal
Viktoriya DimitrovaNovo Nebe
Ognyan ZelenkovShow Me Love
SunnieShut Your Mouth and Do It
Georgi VurbanovThis is My Green Wave
Rolling OverSide by Side
Svetozan HristovKeep Me Down
Ivaylo KolevContigo Puedo Volar
Bee in the BonnetNe Se Obrishay
Monika KirovskaYou are My Angel
Random FactLove
Margarita HranovaProshka
John SteelReason to Believe
New 5Napraveno Ot Bulgarin
Go WeekThe Way You See The World

The most hotly tipped artist to continue on to the next round was singer Dess with the song Love is Alive, who indeed won the first round of the contest, with artists Teni Omede and Tsvetelin Atanasov-Elvisa ft. DZ reportedly sharing second place.

Source: Songfestivalweblog.nl, Eurovisionary.com
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