Bulgaria is returning to the Eurovision competition this year after sitting out the 2014 and 2015 editions due to both financial and political difficulties.
2016 marks only the tenth time the country has participated in the competition throughout its 61 year history, placing in the grand final only once in that time – in 2007 – when they finished fifth. On all other occasions, Bulgaria didn’t make it past the semi final phase.
Their entrant this year is Poli Genova, the same singer who flew the flag for Bulgaria in the 2011 edition of the competition.
She’ll be performing the single ‘If Love Was A Crime’, which is sung predominantly in English, but also features a splash of Bulgarian in the chorus to keep the home fans happy.
It’s a fresh, catchy, totally likeable and international-sounding pop song with a great hook that, with a great performance, should see Bulgaria storming through to the Grand Final for only the second time in history.