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Saturday, 14 January 2012 18:14

Bulgaria: Twelve Qualifiers Known

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Preparations for the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have commenced all over Europe and this evening will mark the beginning of the journey for the nation of Bulgaria as they prepare to host their semi-final stage. The process of the selection had started way back in the last month of summer being August with the call for entries and then following a multitude of audition phases which took place at the end of the year, a shortlist of twenty two artists and respective entries was chosen by the 'Academy', which is a predominant class of music professional. This evening, they will be the ones to have the power alongside the public through text voting.

The show which will be featuring twenty two (22) entries in total this evening is going to be aired through the main television channel of the broadcaster being BNT1 but people can also watch the show around Europe through BNT World through receiver Astra 3B. In the meantime, a live report of the show is also set to be carried out based on the webcast being offered by the broadcaster here. Most of the songs this evening are in English but then again there are also songs in Bulgarian to add the diversity of the event.

Running Order

01. Group 'New 5' - Chance for better life

Well the very first song of the evening is not really the one that one should pay attention to because it is being sung by a group of artists mostly led by a male individual. The vocals are definitely out of sync but not only that because this song is clearly going nowhere. I must say that this is very much a dreadful effort and a terrible start to the prospects of Bulgaria in this years' Eurovision Song Contest.

02. Vyara Pantaleyeva - Vyara

The second song of the evening is a ballad and the female artist performing the track looks enchanting in a long red dress. She is joined by three backing vocals, all being female. The stage is bathed in dark red and orange and suits the charm of the piano in the song quite well. The vocals are somewhat good but then again very harsh at times and one cannot help that this could be one of her detrimental features to be honest. Nevertheless, this is actually better than the first effort of the evening though still not my cup of tea.

03. Sonya Ivanova - Finalna lyubov

The third artist of the evening is another female and she brings about a ballad and therefore in order to acquaint herself with the musical style she is performing, she is wearing a dark black gown. On stage, she is aided by two backing vocals and a dancer who add to the atmosphere of the track. The genre is actually different because instead of a piano, there is a lot of predominance on the guitars this time round. The vocal performance is much stronger than the one preceding it and this is turning out to be a very enjoyable performance.

04. Monika Kirovska - You are my angel

It's another Irish-inspiried ballad with a nice voice singing it. She doesn't look exactly Eurovision-ish and chances to win might be pretty scarce. The female artist was clad in attire that definitely suited the performance and it has to be noted that sometimes as the saying goes eh, less is more because she does look visually stunning at this point. This has to be the best track up to this point in time but there is nothing more to add to the sheer presentation that has been put forward.

05. Margarita Hranova - Proshka

Her dress and this piece of music would work all right with older audiences who are into the yester days of Eurovision. Nice vocals and her dress might seem a little outdated, but her vocals are okay. The song in totality is just overall fine and nothing special.

06. Sunnie - Shut your mouth and do it

Her vocals are a little weak. The song itself would sound a little stronger with stronger beats. Performance and backing track will have to be remade provided it became next Bulgarian Eurovision entry.

07. Tsvetelin Atasanov-Elvisa ft. DZ - Love goes around

This one has got the style of percussion eurofans like. However, those trumpets might give it some antique touch, which is not that bad after all and well the girls are performing well, but the guy's voice sounds a little shaky solo. Let's see if this Burlesque act will make it to Baku.

08. Steliyana Hristova - Putyat

She might have sung a bit off key at the start, but her voice is actually nice. I don't think Bulgaria will send another rock-oriented ballad, given its neighbor countries' results in recent years. She looks very conservative, which is fine as one focuses on her vocals.

09. Viktoriya Dimitrova - Novo nebe

A little bland to capture a Eurovision fan's heart.Her presence isn't exactly gracious enough. The staging is fine, but that "hook" is still missing and it seems like the type of entry juries might think of as a good Eurovision entry.

10. Teni Omede - Without you

Pretty soulful, but I believe the song's key is a bit too low for his vocals. He's dressed up in a sort of Caribbean style that goes fine with his type of song, but I don't see this entry in Baku due to this fact but good luck nevertheless.

11. Alex & 4Give - Dream

She looks like a character from a Woody Allen movie. The song isn't so appealing, although its melody is pretty original. Instrumentation needs a serious improvement.

12. Todor Gadzhalov - Still love you

Here is a redition of "Unsubstancial Blues" in staging and music style. I am sure juries will vote this one as it came very professional. The guy seems easy in the eye, but we'll have to wait and see how Bulgarian televoters feel about it.

13. Dess - Love is alive

Another Eurovision entry has gotten its rendition with this one "Voda" (the country's 2007 contribution), especially at the beginning. This particular entry has been positively received by fans on the net. I find those Mediterranean strings pleasing and I'm sure it'll get some televotes.

14. Georgi Vurbanov - This is my green wave

Rockish entry that hardcore rock fans might find a little amateur. If Bulgarian audience wants to give Europe a reason to get a good kick and then a few boos here and there, this is it. Plus, I don't see ESC fans chanting this one in Baku. I like that folk touch that makes it sound like a horo song, though.

15. Sofi Marinova - Prosto lyubov

Once this song begins playing, it immidiately takes you to some Romanian dance floor. Pretty catchy and easy to party to. Also, she's singing smoothly without missing one single note. This one has a good chance to go to Eurovision.

16. Group 'Better than grey' - Dream

Not bad. It probably would have become the next Bulgarian contribution if it was chosen internally, but these boys still lack that Eurovision factor. The chance is pretty average.

17. Svetozar Hristov - Keep me down

It begins as a piano-driven ballad, but then these slow hip-hop-like beats kick in and the whole song takes a different turn. He looks too pop for that rap he's trying to pull and those string arragements makes it a bit heavy in the ear.

18. Rene Ranev - Alone

Good-looking fella with a nice voice at the beginning, but then the chorus comes and it just sounds too American to be an ESC entry, but alternative listeners might like and vote it.

19. Group 'Bee in the bonnet' - You are the world

They try to sound like The Cramberries, but a bit more acoustic and heavier. Good vocals, but a few notes went off key. Another song that might be equally voted.

20. Simona Sivanio - Eternal

The beginning may remind you of "I Don't Wanna Leave" (Poland's 2009 song). Very good instrumentation. It is to be noted that Maltese singer/songwriter Rita Pace was the person behind this track which seems to have been received well by the public.

21. Ivailo Kolev ft. Hipnotik - Searching for the words

It's like "Nomads In The Night" (2009 Lithuanian entry), but much nicer. Good bass voice at the beginning and well picked-up high notes. There's a good chance here to qualify.

22. Group 'Go week' - The way you see the world

Here's another garage song with some elements à la Coldplay. Despite its nice melody, it doesn't get as attractive as supposed and it doesn't get the best of the frontman's singing voice. Chances to qualify? Pretty absent.

The Show (Part 2)

The hosts have just announced that lines are open for viewers to cast their televotes as a recap of all twenty two hopefuls is currently being played as is done during most of the national selections and also the eventual Eurovision Song Contest. Now the hosts are giving the audience a dash of fun by him hiding behind her and making an impression of her speaking, which seems to amuse everyone on the crowd. Now a body of dancers have taken to stage to give the show some Burlesque flavor. We remain to see who passed ... now the artists are sharing some laughters with the host in the Green Room. A one-minute countdown has begun for televoters to do its job. Now it's time for string quartet StringS on stage performing "Nova".


  1. Tsvetelin Atanasov-Elvisa ft. DZ - Love goes around
  2. New 5 - Change for a better life
  3. Rene Ranev - Alone
  4. Go Week - The way you see the world
  5. Simona Sivanio - Eternal
  6. Svetozar Hristov - Kick me down
  7. Vyara Pantaleeva - Vyara
  8. Ivailo Kolev ft. Hipnotik - Searching for the words
  9. Steliyana Hristova - Putyat
  10. Todor Gadzhalov - Still love you
  11. Dess - Love is alive
  12. Sofi Marinova - Prosto lyubov
Jury's favorite pick was 13. Dess – Love is alive. Televoters went for “Love Unlimited” by Sofi Marinova. These were my pair of favorite songs to make it to the final. Will any one of these two go to Baku? Find it out on February 29th 2012, when the Final heat will be held live from the National Palace of Culture and covered here on ESCFlashMalta.com



Source: BNT

Last modified on Sunday, 15 January 2012 01:37