Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Bulgaria

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Last time we featured Bulgaria in our Best of the Bunch (which you can find here), we discussed the handful of unsuccessful entries from the nation, with a good result few and far between. Now that we are featuring Bulgaria in our Trials beginning in 2016, it’s a whole different story. Since 2016, they have completely turned their Eurovision luck around, and today we are going to discuss all three entries from 2016 to this year’s entry!

Bulgaria 2016

Previous to Eurovision 2016, Bulgaria had only managed to qualify for the final once, and that was back in 2007 where they finished in 5th place overall. Although that was a good result, it was never replicated in the years after. That is until 2016 where we found out that former Eurovision representative Poli Genova was chosen to represent the nation once again. As you may remember, Poli Genova performed in 2011 with the Bulgarian language song Na Inat, and it was close to qualifying, but ultimately fell to the same fate as the Bulgarian entries previous. This time around, Bulgaria served up a contemporary song and stage performance, and for the first time in a long time, Bulgaria was considered one of the strongest competitors in the competition. This proved to be true, with Bulgaria finishing in 4th place with the song If Love Was a Crime, which was the best position they had achieved up to that point.

Bulgaria 2017

If you thought 4th place was good, just you wait because Bulgaria was not done yet! With a taste of the Top 5 for the first time in a long time, it lit a fire to create more success. With a detailed internal selection, it was announced that young artist Kristian Kostov would perform at Eurovision with the dark ballad style song Beautiful Mess. Although their 2016 entry was a fan favourite, Kristian’s song and performance raised the bar to another level, and it was easy to see that it would be a success. Qualifying through in 1st place in the semi-final positioned Bulgaria in contention to win for the first time, but in the end Kristian was beaten only by Salvador Sobral from Portugal, with Bulgaria finishing in 2nd place with 615 points.

Bulgaria 2018

That leads us to this year’s Bulgarian Eurovision entry which was yet another well considered choice. Through an intense internal selection process which featured many teasers from the broadcaster, it was revealed that the specially made group Equinox would represent Bulgaria with the song Bones. The group featured both Bulgarian and American based artists, and although occasionally specially made groups don’t succeed at Eurovision, it was expected that the group’s dynamics and vocals would give Bulgaria yet another successful result. In the end, it wasn’t Bulgaria’s best result, but the nation still finished in 14th place with 166 points.

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Bulgaria, check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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