“Sensational trio brought the greatest Bulgarian placing till now” – announced the private Bulgarian broadcaster BTV, which worked along with BNT, the Bulgarian public broadcaster, to send Krisia Todorova, Hasan and Ibrahim to the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta. “Thanks to all of the 80 members of the international jury and to the viewers from 15 countries” – BTV concluded. Bulgaria missed to win the contest by only 12 points. Their entry “Planet of the Children” received a total of 147 points, including 12 points from Croatia, Cyprus, Serbia and the Netherlands. At the press conference after the show, the trio received a trophy for the 2nd place.
BTV also pointed out that Krisia had throat problems during the first few days of rehearsals, but that yesterday she performed with full swing and presented her talent with confidence. It’s worth mentioning that the two broadcasters worked together for the first time to send a Bulgarian entry to Eurovision and that they reached the best result at any EBU event since 2005, when Bulgaria made its debut at Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. Vyara Ankova, general director of BNT, said that she trusted BTV from the very first moment when the public broadcaster proposed a cooperation in the Junior Eurovision project. She stated that yesterday’s 2nd place should make every Bulgarian proud. “It’s time to continue the cooperation” – Ankova said, but so far she didn’t confirm if Bulgaria will return to Eurovision in 2015, even though rumours have circled around that if Krisia Todorova reaches a good place in Malta, BNT and BTV will discuss to continue working jointly on the adult Eurovision entry as well.
The Morning show on BTV presented the first reactions of Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim as well as their parents and the BNT and BTV staff members in Malta. Check out the video report here.
Many local media reported about Bulgaria’s 2nd place in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “‘Planet of the Children’ was for sure one of the best songs the Maltese audience heard last night” – informed 24chasa.bg. Bulgaria came back to Junior Eurovision Song Contest after a 2 year break. The country debuted in 2007 with “Bon-Bon” and reached 7th place. However, the following year, they failed to impress the jury and the audience, as Krastyana Krasteva finished last. After a 2 year break Bulgaria decided to participate in the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest once again, when Ivan Ivanov finished 8th. Looking back at the Bulgarian participation in the adult Eurovision, their best placing was 5th place in 2007 thanks to Elitsa and Stoyan.