The show where the Bulgarian entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest was selected has just taken place in Sofia presented by Dragomir Draganov. Coincidentally, today is Bulgaria's national holiday.
The performers Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov, also known as Stundzhi, performed all three songs. The songs in contention were (winner in bold, click on the title to watch the song's presentation):
- Dzupai, Libe Boso feat. Skiller & Jahmmi (Elitsa Todorova & Tsvetelin Grudaiski)
- Kismet (Elitsa Todorova & Bistrishkite Babi)
- Samo Shampioni (Elitsa Todorova & Kristian Talev)
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Special guests this evening were the Swiss band Heilsarmee. The Greek participants in Malmö, Koza Mostra with Agathonas Iakovidis, also send a wishful video to Elitsa & Stoyan. Poli Genova, who represented Bulgaria in Düsseldorf in 2011, and other Bulgarian artists also performed.
Televoting along with a five-member jury were able to vote for their favourite on a 50/50 basis. the spokesperson from the jury came on stage to declare Kismet (Fate) the winner after a tie between songs 2 and 3. Between brackets below you find the jury votes first, the televoting next and the total amount of points. The televoting winner, Kismet, prevailed:
- Kismet (3+7=10)
- Samo Shampioni (7+3=10)
- Dzupai, Libe Boso (1+1=2)
Composed by Elitsa Todorova and Bistrishkite Babi, Kismet (Fate) is a contemporary song in the chillout style, and is presented by Stoyan and Elitsa with the ethnic elements typical for the duo. The mix between the two radically different elements makes it notable and features the authentic folklore vocal skills of Petio Kostadinov.
If you missed the show, you can watch it on demand in our WebTV. Bulgaria with Elitsa & Stoyan and the song Kismet participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on the 16th of May.