Could Bulgaria’s VICTORIA claim Eurovision 2021 victory? Eurovision history explained
Eurovision: Bulgaria's VICTORIA rehearses song for contest
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The second semi-final of Eurovision takes place tomorrow evening (Thursday, May 20) on BBC Four at 8pm. Bulgaria will be taking to the Eurovision stage alongside 15 other acts in a bid to win a spot in the Eurovision final. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Bulgaria’s entry in Eurovision 2021.
Who is VICTORIA? What are they singing?
Victoria Georgieva, best known by her stage name VICTORIA is representing Bulgaria in Eurovision this year with the song Growing Up Is Getting Old.
VICTORIA, 23, is a Bulgarian singer and songwriter from Varna, Bulgaria who is no stranger to the spotlight.
In 2019, it was announced VICTORIA would represent Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam which sadly did not go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thankfully, VICTORIA is back to represent Bulgaria this year with her song, Growing Up Is Getting Old.
The song tells of a journey of self-improvement by revisiting your past.
Growing Up Is Getting Old is personal VICTORIA and she wrote about it with her mother, father, sister in mind.
Hollow shadows and my soul is spilling over, I’m out of time
Closing every door
Wanna be alone
Lonely is a way that I survive
Sick of wanting more
Sitting on the floor
Wondering where all my feelings go
Nervous system’s aching
Growing up is getting old
An official music video was released on March 10, 2021, which features real black and white footage of VICTORIA as a child and clips of her family.
Could Bulgaria win Eurovision 2021?
VICTORIA is in with a very good shot of taking the Eurovision crown home.
She is no stranger to the stage and competitions having participated in the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria in 2015.
VICTORIA made it through to the live finals where she was mentored by rapper Krisko.
In the end, VICTORIA finished in sixth place, narrowly missing out on a spot in the semi-final.
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Following her stint on X-Factor, VICTORIA signed with Monte Music and released her first single titled Nishto Sluchayno.
She then released the singles Nezavurshen Roman and Chast to Men before leaving her label in 2017.
Earlier this year, VICTORIA released her debut EP A Little Dramatic which features the Eurovision track, Growing Up Is Getting Old.
She also made Forbes Bulgaria’s annual ‘30 Under 30’ list last year.
At the moment, Bulgaria is tipped to be one of the favourites in this year’s Eurovision.
VICTORIA will take to the stage tomorrow night (Thursday, May 20) in the second semi-final.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like it’ll be a successful night for the Bulgarians who head the betting to sail through the second Eurovision semi-final, while the latest odds suggest Georgia and Poland are most likely to miss out on this weekend’s final.”
Ladbrokes odds for who will make it through to Saturday’s final from tomorrow’s semi-final are:
- Bulgaria – 15/8
- Switzerland – 9/4
- Iceland – 11/4
- Finland – 11/1
- Greece – 11/1
- San Marino – 20/1
- Portugal – 33/1
- Moldova – 50/1
- Serbia – 50/1
- Albania – 100/1
- Czech Republic – 100/1
- Denmark – 100/1
- Estonia – 100/1
- Latvia – 100/1
- Poland – 100/1
- Austria – 150/1
- Georgia – 150/1
Bulgaria first competed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, represented by the jazz-inspired band Kaffe with their song Lorriane.
Their first qualification for the final took place in 2007 when Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov performed the song Water.
They withdrew from the competition in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and did not return until 2016.
Poli Genova represented Bulgaria for the second time, the first time being in 2011 and finished in 4th place.
In 2017, Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria with the song “Beautiful Mess” placing in second place.
They withdrew in 2019 due to financial difficulties, announcing their return ahead of Rotterdam 2020.
The second Eurovision semi-final will take place Thursday, May 20 on BBC Four at 8pm
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