BULGARIA – It was hinted for days through various messages on the social media, but now it’s officially confirmed.
Bulgaria will not participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest due to lack of funds.
The broadcaster was waiting for some days until the public announcement takes place in order for them, first to announce the news to the Eurovision team inside the broadcaster.
An online petition has been launched as the fas was to change the decision of BNT, a tool which never works anyway.
Bulgaria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 12 times since making its debut at the 2005 contest in Kiev. The country’s best result is a second-place finish for Kristian Kostov and the song “Beautiful Mess” at the 2017 contest.
Bulgaria has failed to qualify for the final in eight out of twelve 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.
However, on three of the four occasions that they have reached the final, they have finished in the top five: placing fifth with Elitsa & Stoyan in 2007, fourth with Poli Genova in 2016 and second with Kristian Kostov in 2017.
Bulgaria reached the final for the fourth time in 2018, with supergroup Equinox placing 14th.