"We regret that Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has taken the decision not to enter the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. BNT has been an enthusiastic participant and enjoyed great success in the contest in recent years," an EBU spokesperson said. "We look forward to welcoming them back in the future."
Bulgaria made their Eurovision debut in 2005, and qualified for the first time for the Grand Final in 2007. The country continued their participation until 2013, but withdrew in 2014 and 2015.
It is not unusual for broadcasters to occasionally take a break from participating in the contest, as Ukraine did in 2015, only to come back in 2016 to be crowned the winner. In 2016, Portugal also took a break, and returned the following year, also taking home the trophy in 2017. We will have to wait until 2020 to find out whether this could work for Bulgaria too.
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