Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from BulgariaBULGARIA
BROADCASTER
SONG   "Love Unlimited"
SINGER    Sofi Marinova
MUSIC   Krum Georgiev & Yasen Kozev
LYRICS   Doni Vasileva
DRAW   #8 in the second semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Bulgaria's poor Eurovision record had led some to suggest that they may not be sending a entry to Baku, but on August 25th, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT opened a call for songs for their 2012 selection, with a submission deadline of November 11th.

Sixty songs were selected and were then presented live before a panel of experts ant BRT studios. The Top 22, competed in the Bulgarian semi-final was held on January 14th. Twelve qualifiers were chosen by a public text voting and a jury. The Bulgarian national finall was held on February 29th at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, and hosted by Milenita Nikolova, Drago Draganov and Alexander Sano. The winner was chosen by a public text voting and a jury, each with a 50% weighting. After a tie for first place, the song that won the televote was declared the winner and Sofi Marinova and "Love Unlimited" will be the Bulgarian entry in Baku.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Sofi Marinova is an artist used to compete in song festivals and win them! She's now ready for the challenge to keep that statistic up and try to win the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Bulgaria.

Sofi Marinova (36) is one of Bulgaria's most popular performers. Devoted to arts since her childhood, Sofi established herself little by little as a top vocalist in Bulgaria.

Coached by her mother in singing and dancing, Sofi excelled at school in Etropole while impressing musicians from a local band with her beautiful voice. Soon after, granting permission from her parents, she started singing covers at weddings and christenings; Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson's hits were part of her repertoire as well as gypsy songs from her cultural heritage.

Then her participation in many festivals, where she became victorious, followed and led Sofi to the release of her first album Old Wounds alongside the band Super Express which, according to numerous producers, is the best selling album in the country. Some solo albums followed until she began working with Sunny Music in 2004 and the producer Krum Krumov, a collaboration which continues succesfully to date.

In her career the singer has had mostly first place awards in festivals and contests and said she will be very disappointed if she ever comes second, but in 2005 she reached the second place at the national selection for Eurovision in Bulgaria with Edinstveni (Only One) with Slavi Trifonov. In 2007 she took part again with the rapper Ustata and the songYa Tvoya (I'm Yours) placing third. Now Sofi Marinova embraces the challenge of trying to win the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time for Bulgaria on her own.

 

REACTION

There was some surprise when Sofi Marinova won the ticket to Baku, as she was not the favourite in the Bulgarian final and the initial reaction to the songs was somewhat mixed. There has been some international promotions for the song, which has brought Sofi to from Athens to Amsterdam, but most of the work, since the selection has gone into the promotional video. 

The song is outside the bookmakers' Top 10 favourites to qualify in the second semi-final and at 200/1 to win the contest, Bulgaria is one of the outsiders. Internet polls are marginally more supportive.

 

SOFI MARINOVA TALKS TO ESCTODAY

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Tuesday May 15th 17:25 - 18:05 18:50 - 19:30
Friday May 18th 18:50 - 19:20 20:05 - 20:35
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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BULGARIA AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 2005
  • Number of previous entries: 7
  • Best result: 5th (2007) 
  • Worst result: Failed to qualify (six times)
  • Qualification record: 1-6 (14% success)

 

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"For me, this is one of the better ethno-pop entries in this year's contest, although Sofi might be better with a more challenging song that would show of her vocal talent. I'm usually not keen on multi-lingual songs, but I think it works here. The one thing that I think let's the son down, is a lack of dancers and if that's the plan for Baku, I could see it missing out on qualifiction." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"I find this song very boring and I identify very little with it. I think that this is a bad song; the multi lingual chorus is horrible and Sofi Marinova sings like a cat dying. It's three minutes of nothing!." - Pedro Alexandre (Portugal)

"Alexandra Stan on Helium. Should qualify but then an also ran in the final.." - Philip Stuart (UK)

"This is just a mess. Although I like the idea of incorporating "i love you" in 10 different languages it doesn't detract from the noisy background music. Let's just say that it's probable that Bulgaria will, once again, be stuck in the semis." - Olivia Gavazansky  (UK)  

"Third great entry in a row for Bulgaria. The song was not my ultimate favourite in the Bulgarian final, but the song is so strong and Sofi has such a powerful voice. So the Bulgarians made a good choice." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"Like Trackshittaz, Litesound, Loreen and Donny Montell this is another example of singer getting to Eurovision with a weaker song, after failing to make to be better entries in previous years. If Bulgaria couldn't make it with a better song in a worse semi, last year, they won't do it this year" - Sean O'Brien (Ireland)