Sometimes you can tell a country is gunning to win Eurovision – in the late 2000s, it was Azerbaijan doing all they could to get the win (and which they achieved in 2011); in the last couple of years, it’s been Bulgaria who have been putting their all into winning, coming fourth in 2016 and runners up last year. All three times they have qualified for the final, they have finished in the top 5 – can they go one better last year and bring Eurovision to Bulgaria for the first time? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #9 BULGARIA – Equinox – “Bones””
Eurovision royalty came to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this October with Bulgaria’s two-time contestant Poli Genova gracing the stage in the South London’s (in)famous “pub on a roundabout” (as Myra Dubois would say). I was so excited to see her in my favourite venue (having twice seen her at London Eurovision Preview parties) and she didn’t disappoint! Continue reading “Poli Genova performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern”
Staying (roughly) in the Balkans, this top 5 comes just before I’m due to see one my favourite Eurovision performers of recent years at Eurofest at the RVT – the wonderful Poli Genova – so it’s a perfect time to look at my top 5 from her country, Bulgaria. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Bulgaria”
Gracing the top 10 once again is Bulgaria – after many years of non-qualification, they stormed to 4th place last year with Poli Genova and the hyper-catchy “If Love Was a Crime” (my favourite song from last year’s contest). It seems when Bulgaria qualify, they do very well as in their other time in the final (in 2007) they finished 5th. Can Kristian Kostov reach the final and maintain Bulgaria’s top 5 record?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #9 BULGARIA – Kristian Kostov – “Beautiful Mess””
Closing in on the top spot now, and it’s lovely to see this country finishing so high in the countdown as their Eurovision pedigree is not strong. They’ve not entered for a couple of years, and prior to that had only qualified for the final once, so it’s great to see them coming back so strongly this year – it’s Bulgaria. Their act is a lady with plenty of experience of both Eurovision and of partying and having fun. The lovely Poli Genova returns to Eurovision, after narrowly missing out on qualifying in 2011, can she make it through to the final for Bulgaria for the first time since 2007?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #4 BULGARIA – Poli Genova – “If Love Was a Crime””
As expected, I had a fantastic time at the London Eurovision Preview Party 2016, held once again at Café de Paris.
I took some video clips of almost all of the performances. Do excuse the fact that I filmed them vertically rather than horizontally (I was holding a glass of wine in the other hand at the time) and also I appreciate it looks like I’m attempting to match J. J. Abrams for use of lens flare but one of the main stage backlights was directly shining towards me! Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 1: Nicki French, Nicky Byrne, Kaliopi, Poli Genova and Ira Losco”
The final two returning artists are from Bulgaria and Lithuania. They had contrasting fortunes in their previous appearances, one making the final, the other not. How will they each fare this year? Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 returning artists part 3: Poli Genova for Bulgaria and Donny Montell for Lithuania”
As expected, Poli Genova has been announced as Bulgaria’s entrant in this year’s Eurovision. She’s no newcomer to Eurovision though, having sung for Bulgaria back in 2011. She missed out on place in the grand final though, coming 12th (of 19) but just 6 points behind 10th placed Moldova. Continue reading “Poli Genova to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2016”