Wednesday night, the Bulgarian national final was decided. The show was webcast at Eurovision.tv and televised by the national broadcaster BNT live from Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture – the greatest multifunctional complex in Sofia.
When all the 19 competing songs was performed in the final, Poli Genova came out on top in the audience’s hearts. In the voting, which was decided by the viewers and a jury combined, Poli Genova was the best appreciated act and was awarded the Bulgarian ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song Na Inat.
Moved Beyoncé to tears
Poli Genova rose to fame as member of the group BonBon, which would later represent Bulgaria at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. For the 2009 Bulgarian national final, she received a wildcard with the song One Lifetime Is Not Enough. Eventually she finished second in the final after landslide-winner Krassimir Avramov, singing Illusion.
In 2009, Beyoncé heard Poli’s One Lifetime Is Not Enough by coincidence. The American singer couldn’t hold back her tears when she heard the song, according to Bulgarian news portal News.bg.
The jury consisted of a specifically formed Academy, with the famous Bulgarian composer Stefan Dimitrov as the chairman. The Academy consisted of representatives from professions such as composers, poets, producers, performers, music educators, media, advertising agencies and professional organisations. They posted their votes already during the Dress Rehearsal Tuesday night.
The show from Sofia featured special guest performances by the bands Dirty Purches and Tri O Five plus Hotel FM – the Romanian representatives in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
For the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most successful Bulgarian artists, Miro, was chosen as the Bulgarian representative. His delivered an intense angel-themed dance show in up-tempo with the entry Angel Si Ti, but didn’t manage to qualify from the Semi-Final.
Poli Genova will perform for Bulgaria in the second half of the second semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, on the 12th of May.