Bulgaria to Pick Runner for Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf
Bulgaria will select Wednesday night its representative for the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, out of 19 entries.
This year's Romanian hopefuls Hotel FM will be one of the special guests of the show, which will be aired live at 19:30 CET on the Bulgarian National Television.
Following is a list of the participants, who will compete for a ticket to Dusseldorf, and which, to the regret of chalga fans, does not include the two pop folk singers – Desislava and Preslava – originally nominated:
D2 - Glorious Twisт
Milena Slavova - Fire In My hair
Mona - Teen Life
Poli Genova - Na Inat
032 - On Air
Bohan Mihajlov - Nestinari
Lazar Kisiov - Zamestitel
Vlado Dimov - Sjanka
Svetelina Chendova - Luxury Hotel
Rut Koleva - Fever
Simona Sivanio & Sprint - The New Earth
5-te Sezona - Take My Hand
Jerihon - Smile
Stanny Brown ft. Naso - I Know
Elmira Kostova - Mome Hubava
Jakob - Wicked Way of Love
Plamena Petrova - Bez Teb
Uikeda - Blue Cotton Levi's
Emilka Valenti - Plenjavash Me
The winning entry will be chosen by a 50/50 combination of televoting and the verdict of the expert commission, who plays a key role in this year's national selection.
The country will take part in the Eurovision second semi-final on 12th May.
Bulgaria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times since its debut in 2005, but it was only the duo Elitza and Stundzhi that brought success to the country and reached the finals in 2007.
After the initial excitement over their participation in the contest Bulgarians already consider the Eurovision experience to be either sloppy or dire, a competition decided mainly by politicial back-scratching.
Still amidst a period of effacement and chalga-risation of Bulgarian music, the intensity of Bulgaria's duo Elitsa and Stundzhi four years ago convinced many that the music jamboree still matters, at least as a medium of the traditional and authentic on a modern note.
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