Bulgaria’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is ‘Growing Up is Getting Old’ and will be performed by VICTORIA at the second Semi-Final on Thursday 20 May.
The news was announced towards the end of an online concert, during which she performed songs from her new EP A Little Dramatic live for the first time.
Team VICTORIA sought feedback on six potential Bulgarian entries, releasing each track one by one on a daily basis and inviting fans and professionals to comment via a specially created app.
Speaking about the final decision, VICTORIA revealed:
‘It was a very difficult decision. I am glad that BNT, Ligna, and my team are totally united in our choice. Your feedback about the songs helped us a lot. The opinion of music and television experts from all over Europe helped us as well. Perhaps for me, choosing from my six songs was the hardest. Each of them is very special to me. But when we had to choose between the two songs with the most support from the viewers and the experts - Imaginary Friend and Growing Up Is Getting Old, I knew which song I would sing with all my heart and soul on stage in Rotterdam.’
The song tells a tale of a journey to self-improvement by revisiting your roots and the places you feel safe. VICTORIA shared that when she listens to the track, she thinks about the most important people in her life: her mother, her father, her sister, and her friends.
VICTORIA became popular after participating in the 4th season of X Factor Bulgaria, and interest in her music grew when she was announced as the 2020 Bulgarian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.
VICTORIA loves animals and has 4 rescue dogs, two rabbits and a parrot. In 2020, she was one of the official European Ambassadors of Earth Hour and the first Eurovision artist from Bulgaria to perform at Sofia Pride. VICTORIA also made Forbes Bulgaria's annual ‘30 Under 30’ list last year.
Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgarian Eurovision entries have universal appeal. In fact, when Sofi Marinova competed in 2012 with Love Unlimited, she sang in Bulgarian but also included versions of the phrase 'I love you' from Arabic, Azerbaijani, English, French, Greek, Italian, Romani, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish.
In 2016, Poli Genova took the country to its best-ever placing at that time, fourth in the Grand Final. Kristian Kostov went one further in 2017, finishing second with his song Beautiful Mess.