Even though the Bulgarian capital of Sofia is set to play host to Junior Eurovision 2015 on Saturday, the adult version of the contest still seems an unattainable prospect for BNT, the national broadcaster of Bulgaria. Today, escdaily reports that Bulgaria is unable to find the finances to fund a participant for Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden and at the minute looks set to withdraw once again from proceedings.
In an interview with the site, Bulgaria’s head of delegation Joana Levieva-Sawyer concedes that the broadcaster does not have enough funds to both host the Junior version and take part in the main contest next May. “If organizing Junior Eurovision will help us to gather enough money, we may consider it and check if we can enter after all. But I am not sure if this will be possible, because the deadline has already passed”.
This will be dissapointing news for Bulgarian fans and those in the wider continent, as Bulgaria has been expected to return to the contest for much of the build-up to 2016 so far. It remains to be seen when the official EBU list will be published, but if Bulgaria is not on said list and there are still 41 countries, speculation will once again fall to who country #41 is.
Bulgaria was last in the main contest in 2013 when the most successful Bulgarian participants Elitsa and Stoyan returned. Bulgaria has however only been a prescence in the Eurovision final once, when the aforementioned performers reached 5th place with “Voda” in 2007. Bulgaria hosts the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 this Saturday, 21st November, in Sofia.
Source info: escdaily
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