Bulgaria: Elitsa and Stoyan (2007 & 2013) return to Eurovision

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ESCDaily.com can now confirm that Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has internally selected Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013. The musicians have both accepted the invitation and confirmed their participation in Malmo.

After only one qualification in the Eurovision Song Contest, Bulgaria has put their faith on the lucky duo that took the country to fifth place in 2007 – Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi. The selection was made by an internal committee of BNT according to the approved regulations. BNT note that sending musicians with
previous experience in the Eurovision Song Contest is a popular practice and in recent years it has been used by other countries as well: Serbia with Zeljko Joksimovic, Germany with Lena, Greece with Sakis Rouvas and Ireland with Jedward.

Elitsa Todorova shares her thoughts on the Eurovision Song Contest: “Come to Bulgaria! I would like to thank Bulgarian National Television for the invitation and for believing in us. It is an honour for us to show the hard work we have done, our music and ideas at this prestigious European contest. This is an excellent platform for us to work for the positive image of our country and to show the unity and hospitality of Bulgarians as a people who have an ancient culture, as well as our identity as a nation. I would like to thank our fans for their love and support. We will do our best to represent Bulgaria with dignity and to be remembered as warriors of our time with free spirits and extraordinary zest and ambition. Bulgarian music and our love of our roots and our folklore is the key to our success.”

Check out our short chat with Elitsa last year at the Bulgarian National Final;

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx_8qWdjJ4k

Of taking part in this year’s contest, Stoyan Yankulov says: “After our participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 I expected that sooner or later we will be invited again and so I was not surprised that Bulgarian National Television invited us to represent our country. I would like to thank everybody for the interest in us, and I hope that we will represent Bulgaria with dignity. It is not a question of my happiness about us again taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, this is a great responsibility for us. I cannot guarantee that we will win but we will do our best. I am hoping that everyone who believed that we should have won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 will once again back us.”

Watch Elitsa and Stoyan in action back in 2007 where they represented Bulgaria in Helsinki with “Water”;

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPISaq047x4

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Additional Information:

After the end of the contest last year the Bulgarian National Television, together with the independant website eurovision-bg.com and OGAE Bulgaria, with the support of ESCDaily.com, held an unofficial survey among the fans of Bulgaria’ participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 26 countries. The survey indicated several characteristics of a successful song: a dynamic song with ethno elements is the most liked, with a combination of lyrics in Bulgarian and English; the most important elements selected were the following – the song as a composition (music), the choreography and the singing part.

For the initial selection Elitsa and Stundzhi will have the opportunity to offer up to 5 (five) songs which comply with the rules of the contest. The committee of the Bulgarian National Television will listen to the songs and it will select 3 (three) of them. The three shortlisted songs will be officially announced and shown live on the “Nedelya х 3” programme on February 17 2013. The order in which the songs are performed will be determined through a draw. Videos of the songs will be broadcast repeatedly over a fortnight on BNT and on radio stations that are media partners of BNT.

The selected songs will be performed once more on a BNT television broadcast on March 3 2013, where viewers and a special jury will evaluate the songs. During the live broadcast, viewers will have the opportunity to vote by sending an SMS to telephone numbers that will be announced in advance – one for each song, from a single phone number. The five-member jury will be identical to the composition of the jury for the voting during the semi-finals and the final in the international phase of the contest and is determined by the Director General of BNT, in accordance with the international requirements specified in the regulations. The song that gets the largest number of points from the aggregate vote will be ranked first, with the vote of the viewers and that of the jury having identical weight.

The two semi-finals and the final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on May 14, 16 and 18 2013 in Malmo, Sweden. Bulgaria will be in the second semi-final.