BULGARIA – Equinox is a Bulgarian common framework of 5 artists that will represent Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “Bones”. The five-member band consists of Bulgarian singers Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov, and Vlado Mihailov, and American singers Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell. According to Borislav Milanov, who is the producer of the song, the name “Equinox” comes from the term equinox which is the day where the daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. This day is celebrated around the world and it is important for all major religions. Milanov also states that “Equinox” also comes from equal, meaning all members of the group are equal.
Zhana Bergendorff, was born on 20 October 1985 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started singing at the age of 7. She comes from a family of musicians, her mother and grandparents were musicians. When she was 18 years old she moved to sing in South Korea. She lived there until 2010 and later moved to Denmark with her fiancé Stefan. They met in Korea in 2007. In Denmark she entered X Factor Denmark. She is known for winning the second series of Bulgarian X Factor in 2013. As an artist for “Virginia Records” she has had hits like “Samurai”, which became the most broadcast song on Bulgarian air for 5 weeks, “Igraem s teb do kraya”, featuring Kristo, “Nevuzmojni sme sami” and “Dokrai (Докрай)”. She won the award for the Bulgarian Debut of the year during the 2015 BG radio awards and Woman of the year 2014 from Grazia. During 2014 and 2015 she was included in a Forbes Bulgaria list for the most influential popular figures in Bulgaria. Zhana has one son called Leon born in 2010. She speaks Bulgarian, English, Korean and Danish.
Georgi Simeonov known as JJ, is a singer, songwriter and vocal producer. He debuted in the popular Bulgarian boy band 032 at the age of 16. In 2013 he began his solo career and released the songs “Po-dobre, che razbrah” and “Dilar na lubov”. In 2009 he started teaching pop, soul and RnB singing and has masterclasses in Sofia and Plovdiv. He worked as vocal producer for the albums of one of Bulgaria’s biggest music artists. Every year together with his students he does charity concerts to help children suffering from diabetes, cancer patients, children with disabilities, children with autism and childhood cerebral palsy. In 2014 he took part in The Voice of Summer Tour. He participated in the last edition of X Factor Romania.
Vladimir Mihailov is Bulgarian singer/songwriter and actor and the front man of the popular Bulgarian groups Safo and Sleng. Prior to being part of Equinox, he was part of the Bulgarian delegation as a backing vocalist for Kristian Kostov in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. As an actor, he has played in two of Bulgaria’s biggest movies of 2017 – Benzin (Heights) and All She Wrote. He is a co-author and co-producer of all songs by Sleng after joining the band. He is a songwriter for many Bulgarian artists. He was invited to play the leading roles in the Bulgarian production of Mamma Mia!. He has worked as a voice actor in the Bulgarian dubbing of animated films like Frozen, Tangled, or The Muppets, among others.
Johnny Manuel is originally from Flint, Michigan, United States. Johnny has been a performer since childhood, touring with NSYNC at the age of 14. His performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” on America’s Got Talent in 2017, where he eventually reached the Semi-Finals, accumulated over 270 million views on social media. After America’s Got Talent he released two singles, “Come Alive” and “Blind Faith” and began working on his debut album with Symphonics International.
Trey Campbell is a Los Angeles based songwriter and is one of the composers of “Bones”. Trey has written music for artists like Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Norway’s Julie Bergan or Romania’s Alexandra Stan.