Bulgaria just have so many things going for them this year which are right on the money in terms of securing a decent result in ESC:
- An upbeat floor stomper with a distinct ethnic flare, showing off the country’s musical heritage in a year where most of the usual suspects fail to deliver anything else than generic ballads and ready-made pop pre-ordered from Swedish assembly line composers.
- A couple of experienced and professional artists who’s been in the game for a long time and even achieved Bulgaria’s best Eurovision result to date back in 2007 making the top 5 with the drum fest “Voda”.
- Elitsa & Stoyan ooze of confidence, and with good reason, they really know their stuff and will without a doubt deliver the goods in Malmö.
- It’s been made very clear that this duo stays true to their own style, not caring one bit about what will hit with the the televoters nor the juries, which shows artistic integrity and courage.
- They have drums! Walls of drums! Loads of wailing and drum banging is rarely wrong.
- Not to mention a bag pipe. There should be an extra set of points awarded to entries including bag pipes!
We do however have an itching feeling that this will not be enough to bring the Bulgarians back in the final. Cause many of the strong points are also what can bring them down. Eurovision can be so cruel to returning artists, especially if they come back with a 2.0 version of the song that brought them success the first time around. It’s usually slightly poorer, the novelty has worn off and like so many acts before Elitsa & Stoyan have found out before them, the crowd has moved on and they’re left behind on the platform.
We’re not putting these two in the one trick pony category just yet. We hope that Elitsa and the Drummer Boy here have it in them to make this entry interesting on stage in Malmö. And let’s face it, 2007 is a million years ago for the average TV viewer and no one else will actually remember “Voda” outside the core of die hard Eurovision fans.