Country Of The Month: Bulgaria Part-3!

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Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Bulgaria. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Bulgarian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime

In 2016, Bulgaria selected Poli Genova and her song “If Love Was A Crime” to sent in Stockholm. The song is entirely in English, with a phrase in Bulgarian.

It was composed by Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Joachim Persson, Poli Genova and Johnny K. Palmer. The song qualified to the final, placing 5th with 220 points. At the final, Poli placed 4th with 307 points.

Poli Genova was born on 10th of February 1987, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her full name is Poli Plamenova Genova. In 2011 she represented her country in Düsseldorf with the song “Na Inat”, placing 12th in her semi. In 2016 she returned to the contest with the song “If Love Was A Crime”, which placed 4th at the final! In 2015 she was also the host of the junior edition of the contest. Her most recent work is her summer song “How we end up”.

Bulgaria in the Eurovision

Bulgaria debuted at the contest in 2005. Since then, it has participated in twelve times, missing the event three times – 2014, 2015 and 2019. The three times the country didn’t participate was due to financial difficulties of the public broadcaster.

Bulgaria has finished three times in the Top-10. The country has no victories in its short history. In 2017 the country scored 615 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Bulgaria got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2005, at its debut, when not only it was eliminated at the semis, but also finished 19th with 49 points. At the finals, Bulgaria’s worst result is the 2018’s 14th place. The country has qualified to the final four times, three of which it was placed in the TOP-5. Bulgaria has also missed the finals by a short margin in 2008 and 2012, placing 11th in its semi.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Bulgaria? Let us know in the comment box below.

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