Elitsa & Stoyan to represent Bulgaria!

Elitsa & Stoyan to represent Bulgaria!
Elitsa & Stoyan during the 2007 Eurovision Semi-Final winners press conference. Photo: Alain Douit (EBU)
Sofia, Bulgaria -

Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankulov, better known as Stundzhi in Bulgaria, already represented Bulgaria in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, reaching the best result to date for their home country. Now they have been internally selected to sing for Bulgaria again. Will they break their own record?

This year, the successful duo of Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov will get another chance to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest after they came fifth in the 2007 Final. The fact that this has been the best Bulgarian result to date was a key factor for BNT to internally select the musicians this year.

Last year, a survey among Eurovision fans from all over Europe has been conducted to find out which kind of song was given the best chances to gain a good result. The outcome was that a dynamic song with ethnic elements was the most liked, with a combination of lyrics in Bulgarian and English. This was another argument in favour of Elitsa & Stoyan.

For the selection of the Eurovision song, Elitsa and Stoyan will have the opportunity to offer up to five songs complying with the rules of the contest. An expert committee at BNT will listen to the songs and select three of them. These songs will then be officially announced and shown live on the Nedelya х 3 programme on the 17th of February. After that, video clips of the songs will be produced and broadcast on BNT and on radio stations that are media partners of BNT.

The selected songs will be performed live in the Bulgarian national final on the 3rd of March, when the TV viewers, by means of SMS voting, and a five-member jury will choose the Eurovision entry in a joint 50/50 vote.

Elitsa: "Come to Bulgaria!"

Elitsa voiced her feelings about being interally selected to represent Bulgaria: "Come
to Bulgaria! I would like to thank Bulgarian National Television for the invitation and for believing in us. It is an honour for us to show the hard work we have done, our music and ideas at this prestigious European

"This is an excellent platform for us to work for the positive image of our country and to show the unity and hospitality of Bulgarians as a people who have an ancient culture, as well as our identity as a nation. I would like to thank our fans for their love and support. We will do our best to represent Bulgaria with dignity and to be remembered as warriors of our time with free spirits and extraordinary zest and ambition. Bulgarian music and our love of our roots and our folklore is the key to our success", Elitsa added.

Stoyan: "I cannot guarantee that we will win"

Stoyan Yankulov commented on their internal selection: "After our participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 I expected that sooner or later we will be invited again and so I was not surprised that
Bulgarian National Television invited us to represent our country. I would like to thank everybody for the interest in us, and I hope that we will represent Bulgaria with dignity."

Talking about his feelings and the overall expectations, Stoyan added: "It is not a question of my happiness about us again taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, this is a great responsibility for us. I cannot guarantee that we will win but we will do our best. I am hoping that everyone who believed that we should have won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 will once again back us."

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  • Posted on 15 February 2013 at 08:14
    I loved their song Voda! It was awsome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 February 2013 at 23:01
    i really hope that they gonna have a great song
    because voda was really really great report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 February 2013 at 20:23
    Over the last few years Bulgaria has been submitting awesome songs that deserved to win. I hope they keep up the standard in 2013. I can't wait to hear their 2013 song. Good luck. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 February 2013 at 18:19
    I am more than sure that Elitsa and Stoyan will rock it big time like they did back in 2007. That song *Voda* was awesome! Still listening to it now...Go Bulgaria from Cyprus...!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 February 2013 at 16:13
    This is awesome ! Bulgaria was my favourite in 2007 as Moldova ! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 23:42
    Great choice! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 22:03
    Elitsa and Stoyan will be the best participator of Bulgaria and wish they both will make Bulgaria, which is the country of Naturalness, the winner of 2013, ESC sweden. I want to see they will represent Bulgaria with a Bulgarian song which would pass through our hearts and break the records of music. Conragulations to Bulgaria from its brother Turkey..
    jelaji vi golyam uspeh koito shte napravi Bulgaria stranata kato stolitsa na Evroviziya Muzikalen Konkurs!!! =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 21:17
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  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 20:44
    Interesting choice! Voda was a very good song. Let's see what they'll come up with this time! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 19:47
    Interesting duet. Can't wait songs presentation :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 18:07
    Glad they go for it once again! Water was and is still one of my favourite Eurovision songs! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 15:04
    good luck to Bulgaria . fantastic duet . i am sure they will be in final , may be in top 10 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 14:26
    "... mix of techno and percussion..."

    Exactly, but that was it. Until the present day I'm searching for the musical essence of "Voda". Take an adamant and insanely repetitive one and a half note rhythm pattern, some syncopated drumming, a not really appealing ancient chant motive and you don't need anything else for a top ten placement - alarming, I would say. I remember people who found this the best ESC song ever, and I couldn't help asking myself if they were ignorami or music haters. - Bulgarian ethnic music possibly is the most demanding in Europe; having in mind that Todorova & Yankulov both are academic musicians who hold the traditional flag high, I would wish that their artistic heritage showed through much more than it did back in 2007. This could be really exciting. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2013 at 13:55
    Good luck to Bulgaria and best of luck to both of them. "Voda" definitely would've got douze points in back 2007!

    However, trying to do better than their top 5 finish is going to be a massive task now that they'll have to face the juries as well as the televoting public, something new to them since securing Bulgaria's best ever result so far. report to the moderator