November 16: First impression from Bulgaria
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
THE STAGE IDEA
The host country is rehearsing and Gabi (Gabriela Yordanova) is giving a powerful and colourful stage presentation for the song that BNT would definitely love to win after a just runner up position last year in Malta. Not impressed by the vocals (which are not bad but they are to noisy) and somehow Gabi should be more emotional in her facial expressions on camera. Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov are a good combination and they relive the powerful ballad quite good.
INFORMATION ABOUT GABI
Gabriela was born on 5 November in Ruse, and turns 13 shortly before Junior Eurovision. She began singing aged three and a half years old at the Vocal Group “Sluntse”(Sun). At the age of four she took part in her first International Competition for young performers, “RechniNoti”(River Notes), where she won first prize – from there she has gone on to have much success!
Aged four Gabi asked to take up violin at Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov’s Ruse National School of Arts, closing the violin herself. Initially she wanted to play the cello to be like her brother, but wasn’t able to due to her it being too big for her to use at he young age! A year later Gabi took up swimming, again following her brother who was already part of the Bulgarian national team. She continued to swim until very recently at the Iris Swimming Club in her home town.
Gabi has been on stage for eight years, taking part in many competitions in Bulgaria and abroad in places such as Kazakhstan, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Belarus, Italy. Since the age of eight she has been singing at “Milka Stoeva” Burgas with vocal pedagogy teacher Marieta Seklemova. Composer Plamen Mirchev-Mirona has been her vocal pedagogy teacher for the last 18 months.
Gabi has performed with many Bulgarian pop music stars including Neli Rangelova, Orlin Goranov, Kamelia Todorova, Kamelia Voce, Ani Varbanova, and Petia Buiuklieva to name but a few. In 2014 she shared the stage with Lili Ivanova, the Prima of Bulgarian Pop Music at the Bulgarian concert which was part of the “Slavyanski Bazar” (Slavic Bazar) Festival .Gabi has also performed with the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio as well as the Rousse Jazz Syndicate and group “Acapella”.
In the spring of last year she took part in the UNICEF and UNESCO Charity Concert “Balkan Bridges Speak” at the invitation of Irina Bokova – Director General of UNESCO. The performance was in Albania with representatives from all Balkan countries, with the goal of the project being under the motto “Where Politics is Helpless, Art Helps.” When she’s not singing, Gabi loves to draw and to dance.