Sofi Marinova to represent Bulgaria in Baku!

Sofi Marinova to represent Bulgaria in Baku!
Sofi Marinova won the Bulgarian National Final. Photo: Dimitar Kalinovski (BNT)
Sofia, Bulgaria -

After an exciting final with 12 acts competing for the right to represent Bulgaria at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest it was decided with the votes of the audience and the expert jury that Sofi Marinova will go to Baku with the song Love Unlimited! You can watch the show again on our Web TV Player.

The Bulgarian national final was held tonight in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture hosted by Milenita, Alexander Sano and Drago Draganov.

Here is the order of appearance in which the songs were performed in the show (winner in bold):

  1. Go Week - The Way You See The World
  2. Todor Gadzhalov - Still Love You
  3. Steliyana Hristova feat. Mariana Popova - Putyat
  4. Rene Ranev - Alone
  5. Dess - Love Is Alive
  6. Svetozar Hristov - Keep Me Down
  7. Simona Sivanio - Eternal
  8. Ivaylo Kolev feat. Hipnotik - Searching For The Words
  9. Sofi Marinova - Love Unlimited
  10. Vyara Pantaleeva - Vyara
  11. New 5 - Chance For A Better Life
  12. Tsvetelin Atanasov-Elvisa feat. DZ - Love Goes Around

The show

Most notably, Steliyana Hristova was accompanied on stage by Bulgaria's performer at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Mariana Popova, turning her song into a duet. The group "New 5" were joined again by DJ Balthazar, from Deep Zone Project, who represented Bulgaria in 2008.

In between every performance the “Diva” Ballet Group created the "postcards" with a dance and the melody of the participanting song in turn. The show featured the guest performances of four of this year's contestants: Kurt Calleja from Malta, Denmark's Soluna Samay, the Cypriot performer Ivi Adamou and from France Anggun.

Local acts also starred in the show such as the band TE, Grafa, Nely Rangelova or Vassil Naidenov. Eurovision 2007 Bulgarian performers Elitza Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov, who gave the country their best placing to date, 5th, sang a medley of their hits, and last year's Junior Eurovision performer Ivan Ivanov sang his Superhero.

...then came the points

The entry that will represent Bulgaria in Baku was determined by televoting (the first figure in brackets) and the jury-Academia (the second figure in brackets). The latter figure is the total number of SMS per entry:

  1. Sofi Marinova - Love Unlimited 20 points: (12+8) 6910
  2. New 5 - Chance For A Better Life 20 points: (8+12) 2861
  3. Dess - Love Is Alive 15 points: (10+5) 3730
  4. Todor Gadzhalov - Still Love You 12 points: (2+10) 532
  5. Ivaylo Kolev feat. Hipnotik - Searching For The Words 11 points: (7+4) 1785
  6. Go Week - The Way You See The World 11 points: (5+6) 1033
  7. Steliyana Hristova feat. Mariana Popova - Putyat 9 points: (6+3) 1708
  8. Svetozar Hristov - Keep Me Down 8 points: (1+7) 530
  9. Tsvetelin Atanasov-Elvisa feat. DZ 6 points: (4+2) 713
  10. Simona Sivanio - Eternal 3 points: (3+0) 556
  11. Rene Ranev - Alone 1 point: (0+1) 331
  12. Vyara Pantaleeva - Vyara 0 points: (0+0) 366

The Academia ranked the group "New 5" as their favorite and Sofi third, while the Hot favourite, Dess, was only sixth with the experts. The SMS voting has Sofi Marinova as number one with a big difference of votes over the second ranked, Dess, and third were the "New 5".

The winner, Sofi Marinova

When the two sets of votes were added, Sofi and the "New 5" tied with 20 points and, as the public vote prevailed, Sofi Marinova was announced as the winner, something which she received with surprise and was visibly moved.

Sofi Marinova is one of the top Bulgarian singers that stands out from the others with her great vocal abilities. Sofi won the public appreciation because she sings from the heart and is considered a sincere and humble personality.

Sofi collaborates with many Bulgarian artists, making her career more active because the songs never stop coming. In Baku she will perform in the second semi-final on the 24th of May. The song Love Unlimited is written by Doni Vasileva (text) and music by Yasen Kozev and Krum Georgiev.

Special thanks to Petar Petrov and Teodora Stancheva for their help in this article.

You can watch the show again on our Web TV Player.


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  • Posted on 4 May 2012 at 08:24
    I really like the song Sophie. I wish you luck and hope this year Bulgaria will be in the finals. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 April 2012 at 20:59
    The beat reminds Inna's songs, no doubt, but have you heard Inna sing live? She has had many concerts here in Bulgaria and I must say that she has no voice at all, I assume many would agree with me.On the other hand, Sofi's voice is one of the best in the Balkans and she sings live without any problems.Concerning the song I strongly believe it will become a hit around Europe, mainly due to the fact that the text and melody are quite catchy and above all, Sofi sings with her heart, it's in her veins to sing with passion and love! So think about it and stop comparing them, they are on totally different levels. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2012 at 19:32
    Sofi's participation in Eurovision 2012 is one more step in our way to get better and to achieve the change in our path as people. I m grateful that this song is sung by a gypsi in our homeland Bulgaria. It shows that there is still chance for us to overcome the differences. Go Sofi! Go, go Bulgaria! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2012 at 03:31
    This song makes happy. I listen to it every day. I like it better and better each time, and it is now my favorite this year. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2012 at 22:55
    Thank you dear friends :)))greetings from Bulgaria:!))!Im so glad that you like our song:)))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 March 2012 at 15:47
    Love this song, perfect one! Hope you'll win! :) pozdrav iz Srbije ! ! ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2012 at 20:04
    Pour celles et ceux qui ont durement critiqué Sofi, voyez comme elle est belle (cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous). Vous pouvez être sûrs qu'elle va vous surprendre lors de sa prestation au Concours eurovision de la chanson 2012, tant physiquement que vocalement.

    ALLEZ SOFI, NOUS T'AIMONS TANT !!!

    To the ones who strongly criticized Sofi, do see how beautiful she is (please, click upon the link below). Be sure she will SURPRISE you during her Eurovision Song Contest 2012 show, physically and vocally.

    GO SOFI, WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kCnwTwiuC4 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 March 2012 at 15:59
    Sophie's song is great! Enough already with these boring ballads, who listen each year! And that you do not like how Sofi looks,I will say it does not contest "Miss World"! Hear her voice, it is important in the case... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2012 at 18:53
    the first time i listened to it i thought ok... but now i just cant stop listening it!!! 1 of the best this year!!! really goooood luck from greece!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 March 2012 at 13:49
    I love song from Bulgria..Good Luck Sofi greetings from Bosnia :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 March 2012 at 02:55
    The song is aaaaaaaaaaaa...awful! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 March 2012 at 13:54
    Sofi we wish you success! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 March 2012 at 19:17
    Sofi's song is the best of this year eurovision !!! The song fill you happy and energy !!! Sofi can be ugly external...........but the song is beautiful,or not stupid !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 March 2012 at 21:43
    WE LOVE YOU SOFI :))) you are the best GOOD LUCK in BAKU :))) We bulgarians believe that you can win, YOU ARE THE BEST for us WE LOVE YOU report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 March 2012 at 18:43
    Nice song!!! Good luck, Sofi!!! report to the moderator