Bulgaria enters new song for Malmö

Bulgaria enters new song for Malmö
Elitsa & Stoyan will now sing Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) in Malmö. Photo: BNT
Sofia, Bulgaria -

On the 3rd of March the Bulgarian national selection took place in the BNT studios in Sofia and after the expert jury and the televote had cast their votes, there was a tie for the first place. It was decided to send the televoting winner, Kismet, but now that song has been disqualified and replaced by the other winning song Samo Shampioni (Only Champions).

Eurovision.tv has just been informed by the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT that due to copyright issues the song Kismet has been disqualified and instead the runner-up in the national selection, Samo Shampioni (Only Champions), written by Elitsa Todorova and Kristian Talev, will be the Bulgarian entry at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

All three songs in the national final of Bulgaria were performed by the duo Elitsa & Stoyan. Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) is dedicated to the courageous determination of sport's champions all over the world.

Below you can find the statement from the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT:

BNT withdraws song Kismet from the contest because of copyright issue

Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has been forced to withdraw the song Kismet from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, after it was chosen to represent Bulgaria through a transparent process that involved established music professionals and an audience vote.

The decision was made after it became clear that BNT could not reach an agreement about copyright, in accordance with the requirements of the international competition, with one of the authors of the song, Jonatan Tesei, a musician and producer from Argentina. BNT was misinformed by the Bulgarian producer of the song Kismet, that all copyright issues had been settled and a declaration to this effect was deposited with BNT.

Only after the song was chosen, on March 3 2013, BNT was informed that Jonatan Tesei was not consulted about the final version of the song. In line with the requirements of the contest, BNT must provide a final audio track version, with no further adjustments, by March 18 2013.

For these reasons, BNT has decided that it will enter the song “Only Champions” in Eurovision 2013. This song won the jury vote and was second among viewers’ preferences. A withdrawal by BNT at this stage would mean having to pay penalties.

Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov support this decision and state that they will give their best to represent Bulgaria with honour.

BNT thanks again all of its viewers who took part in the choice of the Bulgarian song for Eurovision 2013, as well as all other fans of the contest, who are excited by the chance for Bulgarian performers to represent the country’s musical traditions on the world stage.

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  • Posted on 23 March 2013 at 20:14
    Good luck BULGARIA !!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2013 at 12:05
    Nice balkan song. Good luck from Greece report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2013 at 13:08
    Can it win-No
    Should it win-No report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2013 at 04:01
    I'm glad to see Elitsa & Stoyan again.They've got best place for Bulgaria.I can understand why Bulgaria choose them but this song too bad if you compare with Voda.Even so I'm happy to see them on stage.I was listen Kısmet too.it is okey.This song more powerfull then Kısmet but not enough for top 5 I think.

    Good Luck Bulgaria. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2013 at 13:06
    Thank God they changed it with the least bad of the three. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2013 at 21:44
    i'm so glad for it because this was my personal favourite report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2013 at 18:25
    yeah i didnt really like any of their songs. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2013 at 02:01
    This is one of the favorites this year for the win. Go Elitsa! This song is so addictive! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 23:53
    I stand by my opinion: This is much better than the alternatives.
    But to me this genre, "turbo-folk" is beyond horrible, so I find hard it to like and appreciate.

    Will probably qualify, but I probably won't like it:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 21:20
    I think it's a beautiful song and the instruments are really good! GOOOOOD LUCK BULGARIA!!! greeatings from Belgium ^^ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 07:38
    As I said aboaut Kismet, anyone that knows them from 2007 will havae instant disappointment. This song's definitely better than Kismet. It will depend on the performance, which will need a massive injection of energy and interraction to score big.
    6/10 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 05:29
    Love this one better than the first selected.

    It is this kind of entries (same as Water) who can end very high or very low in the scoreboard. I think you just can love it so much or hate it!

    I love it in my case.

    Good luck Bulgaria ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 02:30
    The right decision to make! SAMO SHAMPIONI is way better than the first choice!

    Now, the ethno drum duo has more chances to qualify and get a higher place in the final! Knowing what they're able of, surely they'll deliver a great show in May! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 01:21
  • Posted on 12 March 2013 at 22:38
    Oh my...what the heck is going on here. Admittedly this song is waaay better than Kismet which was...uh,...bizarre. It's repetitive and a Balkan version of Sheila E! ha ha! But 20 years too late...Is anyone a religious scholar here!? I could have sworn that the big drum set that Elitsa is playing on is in the shape of the Kabballah "Tree of LIfe!" ...and what's up with that?! odd...coincidence? Anyhow take a look for yourself...This song will NOT be "Samo Shamioni!" report to the moderator