A familiar face returns to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest: Bulgaria will be represented by Poli Genova. She already participated five years back, in Düsseldorf, with Na Inat, and she hosted the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her song for Stockholm is yet to be revealed.
"Poli Genova is already widely popular internationally, especially within the Eurovision Song Contest community. She also did an amazing job as the presenter of the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and these were big factors in our choice", Joana Levieva–Sawyer, the Bulgarian head of delegation for Eurovision, commented on the choice.
Bulgarian National Television and an international team of well-known and respected professionals are currently producing the song that Poli Genova will perform on stage in Stockholm in May 2016. Bulgaria has decided against holding a national selection, mainly for budget reasons.
Most recently, Poli Genova entered the international show stageof the 2015 Junior Song Contest, which was held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. On that occasion she was not only the presenter of the show but she also performed her song Where Is My Dress - you can re-watch that moment below.
"Our confirmation that we would take part in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest came very late after we completed our commitments regarding the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and it was already clear that our position and reputation had been bolstered by organising that contest. That's why we believe Poli Genova has a very good chance in the competition this year", Joana Levieva-Sawyer explained.
Poli Genova will be Bulgaria's contestant in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, representing her country for a second time after competing in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2011 with her song Na Inat. You can watch her 2011 performance and see some more impressions below!
Gallery: Poli Genova in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest