France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times since its debut at the first contest in 1956. France is one of only seven countries to be present at the first contest, has been absent from only two contests in its history, missing the 1974 and 1982 contests. Along with Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, France is one of the "Big Five" who are automatically allowed to participate in the final because they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union. France has won the contest five times. France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. Three more victories followed in the 1960s, with "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, "Un Premier Amour" performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and "Un jour, un enfant" performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant".
France have finished second four times, with Paule Desjardins, Catherine Ferry, Joëlle Ursull and Amina, who lost out to Sweden's Carola in a tie-break. After reaching the top five in 24 contests in the 20th century, France has had less success in the 21st century, only making the top five twice, with Natasha St-Pier fourth in 2001 and Sandrine François fifth in 2002. France finished last for the first time in 2014. France have failed to reach the top 10 in 14 of the last 16 contests, the exceptions being Patricia Kaas, eighth in 2009, Amir, sixth in 2016. Several French broadcasters have been used to present Eurovision in the country RTF, ORTF and TF1. Since 1983, France Télévisions has been responsible for France's participation in the contest, with the final being broadcast on France 2 and France 3, the semi-final which France votes in broadcast on France 4 and France Ô; the semi-final in 2004 was not broadcast. The viewers which were close enough to Monaco, were able to see the semi-final via TMC Monte-Carlo.
From 2015, France 2 resumed the responsibility of organising an entry and broadcasting the final and from 2016, both semi-finals will be broadcast by France 4. The change is an attempt to secure better results in forthcoming contests. Radio coverage has been provided, although not every year, by France Inter from 1971 to 1998 and since 2001, France Bleu. In 1982, RTL Radio transmitted the contest due to the country's absence that year. France has changed the selection process used in order to find the country's entry for the contest, either a national final or internal selection has been held by the broadcaster at the time. France is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision, winning the contest five times, coming second four times and coming third seven times. France was ranked first in number of victories without interruptions from 1960 to 1993. Moreover, Amina was close to victory with the song "Le Dernier qui a parlé..." in 1991, when she finished in joint first place. Therefore, the'countback' rule applied, but both countries had an equal number of twelve points, but the victory went to Sweden, when France had fewer 10-point scores.
Today, with the new rules, France would have won the competition, because they received points from more countries than Sweden. One year before, France was close to winning with Joëlle Ursull performing Serge Gainsbourg's song "White and Black Blues"; the song finished in equal second place with Ireland's entry. However, in recent years, the French results have been somewhat disappointing. Since 1998, when the televoting was invented, France has always been in the bottom-10 countries in the final, coming 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th. France finished in last place, for the first time in their Eurovision history, in 2014 with only 2 points. Yet, France have had some good results during the 21st century. In 2001, Canadian singer Natasha St-Pier came 4th for France with her song "Je n'ai que mon âme", being the favourite to win the contest by fans and odds; this good result was carried into the 2002 contest, when Sandrine François came 5th with "Il faut du temps" and received the Marcel Bezençon international press award for the best entry of that year.
The positive experience with Sébastien Tellier in 2008 created considerable interest among the French show business for the contest, which resulted in the fact that Eurovision is seen now in the French media as a great advertising campaign and it has been decided that big names will represent France in the future. With these ambitions, the French superstar Patricia Kaas represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. Kaas is one of the most successful French-speaking singers in the world and she has sold over 16 million records worldwide, she ended in 8th place. Kaas received the Marcel Bezençon artistic award, voted on by previous winners and presented to the best artist. In the 2016 Contest in Stockholm, Amir with his song, "J'ai cherché", ended in 6th place and broke a 40-year record by scoring the most points in France's Eurovision history, by scoring 257 points in the final. Since their debut in 1956 France has only missed two contests, in 1974 and 1982. In 1974, after selecting a singer and song to represent them at the contest, France withdrew after the President of France Georges Pompidou died in the week of the contest.
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Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song "My Star". Latvia won the contest with Marie N and the song "I Wan na", defeating Malta by 12 points. Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest; the 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with "The War Is Not Over". Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song "Love Injected", her sixth place in the final is Latvia's fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016. Latvia has had seventeen Eurovision entries since its debut.
All of Latvia's entries have been performed in English, except for three entries: in 2004, Fomins & Kleins performed "Dziesma par laimi" for Latvia in Latvian. To select the 2017 Latvian Eurovision entry, Spotify data was included in national Eurovision vote. Table key NOTES: 1. ^ The song is in English. 2. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries; as of 2018, Latvia's voting history is as follows: Points to and from Latvia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah"; the country's best result before was achieved by Marion Rung with the song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which placed sixth. Finland has finished last in the contest ten times, receiving "nul points" in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final seven times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision entry, "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Before the 2006 victory, Finland was considered by many as the ultimate under-achiever of Eurovision. Prior to its triumph, it had placed last a total of eight times, once with "nul points" after the introduction of the current scoring method. Finland's entry in 1982, "Nuku pommiin" by Kojo, was one of only fifteen songs since the modern scoring system was instituted in 1975 to earn no points..
Due to low results, Finland was excluded from the contest in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision song, the one minute and 27 second "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Finland reached the final for the first time with Saara Aalto placing 25th. In 2006, Finland won with the band Lordi and its song Hard Rock Hallelujah, an entry different from the mainstream Europop that dominated the competition; the song broke records scoring the highest number of points in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, with 292. The record was broken by Norway in 2009, with 387. All of Finland's entries were in English between 1973 and 1976 and again since 2000. Two entries, 1990 and 2012, were in Swedish, an official language in Finland alongside Finnish. All of Finland's other songs have been in Finnish. In voting patterns, Finland has traditionally supported and been supported by the other Nordic countries, but Estonia, which shares close cultural and linguistic ties with Finland.
Besides, Hungary with shared Finno-Ugric descents, as well as other Baltic nations such as Latvia have gained votes from Finland, the other way around. In 2004, Finland's first-place vote went to Sweden; the first time in Eurovision history that Sweden gave Finland 12 points was in 2006 for Lordi's song "Hard Rock Hallelujah." In 2007, they repeated this, giving 12 points to Hanna Pakarinen with "Leave Me Alone." Finland has given notably high points to Italy, a country that had not competed in various periods from 1998 to 2010, but returned in 2011. Finland has been a strong supporter of Israel; the jury vote seems to adversely affect Finnish results, given that three of its non-qualifications were on account of the juries when the televote alone would have carried them through to the grand final. Finland's best results, including their victory, came during all-televote years. Table key NOTES: a. ^ In 2009, Finland qualified through the back-up jury selection. B. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries; as of 2018, Finland's voting history is as follows: Press Award Fan Award George de Godzinsky Ossi Runne Henrik Otto Donner Olli Ahvenlahti Finland in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Finland in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21. Finland in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger. National Final 2009 Points to and from Finland eurovisioncovers.co.uk
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
The United Kingdom has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times and is one of the most successful countries to compete in the contest. They first participated in the second contest in 1957; the UK has entered every year since 1959, along with Sweden, is one of only two countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades. The United Kingdom is one of the "Big 5", along with France, Germany and Spain who are automatically allowed to participate in the final as they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union; the British public broadcaster, the BBC, broadcasts the event each year and organises the national selection for the entry. The UK has won the contest five times; the United Kingdom's five winners are Sandie Shaw with the song "Puppet on a String", Lulu with "Boom Bang-a-Bang", Brotherhood of Man with "Save Your Kisses for Me", Bucks Fizz with "Making Your Mind Up" and Katrina and the Waves with "Love, Shine a Light". The UK has finished as runner-up on a record 15 occasions.
The United Kingdom finished outside the top ten on only three occasions at the contest in the 20th century. In the 21st century, the United Kingdom has only reached the top ten twice, with Jessica Garlick third and Jade Ewen fifth. Since 2003, the UK have finished outside the top 20 on nine occasions, including Jemini's infamous 2003 "nul points" result, the first time that the country had come last in the contest; the UK finished last in 2008 with Andy Abraham and in 2010 with Josh Dubovie. It was alleged that the United Kingdom were expected to take part in the first contest in 1956, that they missed the submission deadline and therefore could not take part; this was revealed by the EBU in January 2017 to be a mythical fact created by fans of the contest. The EBU further went on to explain that the Festival of British Popular Song, a contest created by the BBC for the United Kingdom, was the inspiration that brought in format changes to the contest elements from the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 onwards.
Patricia Bredin was the first performer to represent the UK at Eurovision, finishing seventh in 1957. The UK was the first choice to stage the third contest in 1958, however following a failure to get an agreement from various artistic unions, the BBC withdrew their bid in the summer of 1957 and the UK did not enter for the second and last time to date. At their second attempt in the contest in 1959, the UK achieved the first of their record fifteen runner-up positions, when Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson sang "Sing, Little Birdie"; the UK would achieve four more second-place finishes with Bryan Johnson in 1960, The Allisons in 1961, Matt Monro in 1964 and Kathy Kirby in 1965, before winning for the first time in 1967. Sandie Shaw was a successful performer, having twice topped the UK singles chart and she comfortably won in Vienna with "Puppet on a String", which became her third UK number one and topped the charts all around Europe. In 1968, another successful performer was selected to represent the UK with the song "Congratulations".
In London, Cliff Richard gave the UK their sixth second-place finish. "Congratulations" remains one of only two non-winning UK Eurovision songs to top the UK charts. The UK's second victory was provided by the Scottish singer Lulu, who won with the song "Boom Bang-a-Bang" in 1969, in a four-way tie with France and the Netherlands. Another established performer, she had reached the US #1 spot with "To Sir with Love" in 1967. Having finished second on three further occasions in the 1970s, with Mary Hopkin in 1970, The New Seekers in 1972 and The Shadows in 1975; the UK achieved their third victory in 1976 with Brotherhood of Man and "Save Your Kisses for Me", who won with 164 points, which would remain the highest points total for ten years. In 1977, the UK finished second for the tenth time represented by singer-songwriters Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran; the UK's fourth victory came in 1981, with Bucks Fizz and "Making Your Mind Up". The group was created for the UK televised selection contest, "A Song for Europe".
At Eurovision in Dublin, they defeated Germany's Lena Valaitis by four points. The group went with 13 UK top 40 hits over the next five years; this would be the last UK win for 16 years, although the country continued to be competitive at the contest with four more second-place results during this time. In 1988, Scott Fitzgerald lost to Celine Dion, representing Switzerland, by just one point. In 1989, Live Report lost out to Yugoslavia by seven points. Michael Ball in 1992 finished second, behind Linda Martin of Ireland; the 1993 entry, had had 10 UK top 30 hits, including a 1989 number one with "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You", when she was selected to represent the UK in Millstreet. With one country left to vote, Ireland's Niamh Kavanagh led Sonia by 11 points. By the time it got to the announcement of the 12 points, neither the UK or Ireland had been mentioned. If the UK had received the 12, they would have won by one point. In the end Ireland won by 23 points. Despite only finishing eighth in the 1996 contest, Gina G went on to huge success with her entry "Ooh Ah Just a Little Bit", which became only the
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Germany has participated in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956, except in 1996 when its entry did not qualify past the audio-only pre‐selection round, was not seen in the broadcast final and does not count as one of Germany's 62 appearances. No other country has been represented as many times. Along with France, Italy and the United Kingdom, Germany is one of the "Big Five" countries that are automatically qualified to the final, due to being the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union; the final is broadcast in Germany on Das Erste. Germany has won the contest twice, in 1982 and 2010. Germany first won the contest at the 27th attempt in 1982 in Harrogate, when Nicole won with the song "Ein bisschen Frieden"; the second German victory came 28 years at the 2010 contest in Oslo, when Lena won with "Satellite". Katja Ebstein, who finished third in 1970 and 1971 second in 1980, is the only performer to have made the top three on three occasions. Germany has a total of 11 top three placements finishing second with Lena Valaitis and twice with the group Wind, finishing third with Mary Roos and Surpriz.
Germany has finished last on seven occasions, receiving nul points in 1964, 1965 and 2015. Having not reached the top-ten in ten of the previous 13 contests, Michael Schulte achieved Germany's second-best result of the 21st century, by finishing fourth at the 2018 contest. Although German contestants have had varied levels of success, public interest remains high and the contest is one of the most watched events each year. Since 1996, ARD consortium member Norddeutscher Rundfunk has been responsible for Germany's participation in the contest; the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final is broadcast on NDR Fernsehen, the final is broadcast on Das Erste, the flagship channel of ARD. The German representative in the contest is chosen during a national selection, broadcast on public television channel Das Erste, organized by one of the nine regional public broadcasting organizations of the ARD. Between 2010 and 2012, private broadcaster ProSieben worked in partnership with NDR. Radio coverage has been provided, although not every year, by Deutschlandfunk and Bayern 2 from 1970 to 1979, hr3 from 1980–85, 1991–94, 2007 and 2011, NDR Radio 2 from 1986 to 1990, 1995 to 2006 and 2008–13, WDR1LIVE in 2011.
Since 2010 production company Brainpool, which co-produced the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf and the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, have worked with NDR to co-produce the German national finals. Germany has changed the selection process used in order to find the country's entry for the contest, either a national final or internal selection has been held by the broadcaster at the time. Before German reunification, the country was presented as West Germany, representing the Federal Republic of Germany; the German Democratic Republic did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest but instead took part in the Intervision Song Contest. With one win and four second-place results, Germany is the second most successful country in the contest in the 1980s, behind Ireland, who had two wins in the decade. ARD had selected an artist and song to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, to be held in Oslo, Norway. Due to the large number of countries wanting to compete at Eurovision, they determined that only 23 of the 30 countries could compete.
Hosts Norway qualified automatically, the other 29 songs went into an audio only pre-qualification round, with the top 22 going on to compete alongside Norway in Oslo. For Germany its entry, Leon with "Planet of Blue", failed to earn enough points to progress to the final, finishing 24th. ARD and the EBU were not happy with this, as Germany was the biggest financial contributor at the time; this is the only time. In the 2000s, Germany has been notable for their adoption of musical styles which are not typical of Eurovision, such as country and western and swing. Germany tied for last at the 2008 contest for points, but was awarded 23rd of 25 places when the results were posted. In 2009, ARD held an internal selection for the first time since 1995 due to lack of interest and viewing figures of the German national finals. Alex Christensen and Oscar Loya were selected to represent Germany at the 2009 contest, where they performed on stage with burlesque artist Dita von Teese; however they only managed placing 20th of 25 competing countries.
In 2010, ARD approached former entrant and songwriter Stefan Raab and private network ProSieben to co-operate in finding a winning entry for the country. It has been said that Raab was approached due to his good record at the contest, finishing 5th in 2000 as well as writing entries in 1998 and 2004, which finished 7th and 8th respectively. Raab agreed and conducted a TV casting show called Unser Star für Oslo, broadcast on ARD and ProSieben. A winner arose in Lena Meyer-Landrut with "Satellite". Two further collaborations with ProSieben provided the second and third top ten result in a row in 2011
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 9 times, debuting in the 2008 contest, followed by participation from 2011 onward. Having failed to qualify in their first four attempts, San Marino qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time in 2014. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014, making her the first Sanmarinese singer to participate in three consecutive contests, her most recent representation in 2017 together with Jimmie Wilson, gave her the title of the woman with the most participations in the Eurovision Song Contest. In June 2007, Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino, the Sammarinese public service broadcaster, indicated interest in joining the contest in the near future, all depending on the interest of the stockholders Italian broadcaster RAI, which had withdrawn from the Contest in 1997. Five months the broadcaster confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade; the first Sammarinese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest was Miodio, with the Italian language song "Complice".
San Marino holds the honour of being the 50th country to participate at Eurovision, participating 5th in the first semi-final of the contest. However, Miodio failed receiving just 5 points in total and coming last. Despite this, the winner of the 2008 contest, Dima Bilan, concluded his "Winner's Tour" in San Marino. SMRTV broadcast the full event. SMRTV had planned to compete at the 2009 contest in Moscow, Russia; the Sammarinese Minister of Culture announced shortly after the 2008 contest that they "have good hopes to return". SMRTV announced that it would be reviewing the 2008 contest, would have a decision on 2009 participation by the end of the year, it was rumoured that the country would not be participating in the 2009 contest, following rumours that SMRTV would withdraw due to poor results at the 2008 contest, however SMRTV rebuked the claim and confirmed its interest in the 2009 contest. In the end, SMRTV announced its withdrawal from the 2009 contest, having applied to enter; the broadcaster insisted that this was not due to the poor results of the previous year, but financial difficulties faced by SMRTV.
San Marino did not return for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, again stating financial reasons preventing participation. The broadcaster announced that it hoped to return to the competition in the future and discussed possible participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. SMRTV made an application to participate in the 2011 contest, confirmed, it was the second participation in the ESC for San Marino. The singer Senit was announced as the Sammarinese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, she sang "performed in English. As in 2008, SMRTV broadcast the full event. For the second time, San Marino failed to qualify for the final, coming sixteenth out of nineteen countries, with 34 points. On 17 January, it was confirmed by the EBU that San Marino will be participating in the 2012 edition. SMRTV confirmed on 14 March, that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in May, she was internally selected by SMRTV. "Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh" was presented as the Sanmarinese entry.
However, it was announced that the song's lyric breached rule 1.2.2.g of the competition, which resulted in the lyric being disqualified. The lyric and the title of the song were changed shortly afterwards to The Social Network Song. Monetta failed to advance to the final. Together with Montenegro, the song was expected to finish either last or second to last, but after the full results were revealed after the final on 26 May, it was revealed that the song ended in 14th place with 31 points, making the entry San Marino's best placing in Eurovision compared to previous years. San Marino confirmed in November 2012. Artist Lys Assia had been rumoured to represent the country with her song "All in your head" which failed to make the national final of Switzerland, but this was denied. Instead, at a press conference in January 2013, Valentina Monetta was revealed as the choice to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, she performed the song "Crisalide" in the second semi-final on 16 May in Malmö.
For the fourth time, San Marino failed to qualify for the final, despite being, unlike previous year, a fans' favourite. However, Monetta scored the best result for San Marino. On 19 June 2013, SMRTV San Marino confirmed they had signed a pre-agreement with Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 for the third time; this made Monetta the fourth singer to represent a country in three consecutive Eurovisions after Lys Assia for Switzerland and Corry Brokken for the Netherlands, both in the years 1956, 1957 and 1958 and Udo Jürgens for Austria in 1964, 1965 and 1966. She qualified from the first semi-final took the 10th place with 40 points with the song Maybe, just one point ahead of Portugal. In the Grand Final Monetta placed 24th with 14 points. On 11 October 2014, SMRTV revealed; the broadcaster announced in late October 2014 that the Sammarinese entry would be selected via an internal selection. On 27 November 2014, SMRTV revealed that Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini would represent San Marino at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest during a press conference.
They performed the song "Chain of Lights" in the second semi final but failed to qualify to the fi
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgaria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 12 times since making its debut at the 2005 contest in Kiev. The country's best result is a second-place finish for Kristian Kostov and the song "Beautiful Mess" at the 2017 contest. Bulgaria has failed to qualify for the final in eight out of twelve appearances at the contest, most narrowly in 2012, when Sofi Marinova lost out on the 10th qualifying place from the second semi-final in a tie-break with Norway. However, on three of the four occasions that they have reached the final, they have finished in the top five: placing fifth with Elitsa & Stoyan in 2007, fourth with Poli Genova in 2016 and second with Kristian Kostov in 2017. Bulgaria reached the final with supergroup Equinox placing 14th. Bulgaria first competed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, represented by the jazz-inspired band Kaffe with their song "Lorraine". Receiving only 49 points, they failed to qualify to the final, they were succeeded by Mariana Popova with "Let Me Cry", however she failed to qualify for the final, coming 17th with 36 points in the semi-final.
Bulgaria's first qualification for the final came in 2007 when Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov performed the song "Water". This was the first Bulgarian language song to compete in the contest, placing 6th in the semi-final with 146 points. Todorova and Yankulov repeated their song in the final and received 157 points, placing 5th in a field of 24. In previous years, if a country placed in the top 10 countries in the final they automatically qualified to the final of the next contest. Had this rule remained for the 2008 contest, Bulgaria would have directly qualified for the final. However, a change in rules due to the large intake of countries participating in the contest meant that only five countries, the host country and the Big 4 countries, would automatically qualify to the final; as such, Bulgaria were forced to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest in Serbia. At the 2008 contest, Bulgaria were represented by Deep Zone & Balthazar with the song "DJ, Take Me Away".
They, could not repeat Todorova and Yankulov's result and received only 56 points, placing 11th of 19 competing. Bulgaria competed in the 2009 contest in Russia. Bulgaria was the first country to begin their selection for the fifth Bulgarian entry to Eurovision, with'Be A Star', the national final, beginning in October 2008; the winner was Krassimir Avramov with his "Popera" song Illusion. It failed to qualify for the final in Moscow coming 16th out of 18 participants in the first semifinal. In October 2009, BNT announced that Miroslav Kostadinov would represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway, he sang the song "Angel si ti". It was the first song since 2007 to be sung in Bulgarian. However, for the third consecutive year, Bulgaria's entry failed to qualify for the final, coming 15th out of 17 participants in the semifinal. In 2011, Bulgaria was represented by Poli Genova, the country's entry was sung in Bulgarian for the third consecutive year, her song was called "Na Inat", translated as "For Spite", missed out on a place for the final after coming 12th in the second semi-final, making 2011 the fourth year in a row that Bulgaria didn't reach the final.
In that year she competed with 18 more singers in the final of "EuroBGvision". This was her fourth time; the singer Sofi Marinova represented Bulgaria in the 2012 Eurovision contest in Baku with a song called Love Unlimited. Her song was in Bulgarian but it contains the phrase'I Love You' in 12 other languages including Turkish, Spanish and Serbian and others. Bulgaria's entry tied with Norway for 10th place in its semifinal. In 2013, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov were chosen through an internal selection to represent Bulgaria for a second time, this time in Malmö, their song, Samo shampioni, placed sixth in the second semifinal's televoting results, but 17th place in the jury's results. The duo placed twelfth, with 45 points. On 22 November 2013, Bulgaria announced that they would not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 due to financial problems. On 15 September 2014, it was announced that Bulgaria had submitted a preliminary application to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, but one month it was announced that they would not be returning to the contest.
On 31 October 2014, it was announced that Bulgaria's participation was still undecided due to the political situation of the country. The EBU awaited a final decision. On 18 December 2014, BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 Contest. On 15 September 2015, it was announced that BNT sent a preliminary application in order to compete in the 2016 contest, the effective participation was further confirmed on 26 November 2015, thus marking the return of the country. Poli Genova represented Bulgaria for the second time Poli performed twelfth at the second semi-final on 12 May 2016, qualified for the final by finishing in 5th place on 220 points. In the final on 14 May 2016, she performed eighth and placed 4th of 26 with 307 points. In 2017, Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria with the song "B