Bulgarian National Television (BNT) the official broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest in this country has announced on Monday that Bulgaria will not take part in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest citing financial constraints. The news was confirmed by BNT on Twitter.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT | 15 OCTOBER | Sofia, Bulgaria
We are sad to announce that Bulgaria withdraws from #Eurovision. The decision is based on financial reasons because the costs of the project far exceed the financial capacity of BNT according to the Management of the broadcaster
— BNT Eurovision Bulgaria ???????? (@bg_eurovision) October 15, 2018
Cost of Eurovision: € 5.3 million
The cost of preparing the Bulgarian entry, creating and producing a song, stage performance, producing a TV clip, and participation in the Eurovision event far outweighs the reasonable costs that the Bulgarian broadcaster, BNT, can afford.
In the addition to the direct costs of preparing the Bulgarian representative, the participating countries also share part of the cost of the Eurovision event. The amount of cost to share between the participants amounts to 5.3 million Euro this year.
Petition against BNT’s decision
The Bulgarian Eurovision Fan Club OGAE Bulgaria has initiated a petition against BNT’s decision, and address all Eurovision fans to sign the petition on change.org.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgaria is participating in this competition since 2005. In last few occasions the country has done amazingly well and improved the country’s reputation among the Eurovision fans. After not taking part in 2014 and 2015, the country came back In 2016 with a fourth place for Poli Genova and the entry “If love was a crime”, and with a second place for Kristian Kostov with the song “Beautiful mess” in 2017. At the last edition Bulgaria ended up in 12th place with “Bones” by Equinox.
Bulgaria’s withdrawal takes the total number of Eurovision 2019 provisional confirmations to 39. Russia, San Marino and Moldova are still to confirm their participation.
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