This year 43 countries will be present at this years Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon in May. With around two weeks to go until all of Europe descends on Portugal's capital. Eurovoxx will introduce you to each country that will be participating.
Who Are They?
Equinox were made specially for the Eurovision song Contest 2018. It`s a group that consists of five members, which are 4 men and 1 woman. The group has three Bulgarian singers - Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov - JJ, Vladimir Mihailov, and two American singers - Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell.
Zhana Bergendorff is the only girl in the band. She comes of family of musicians and started singing from early childhood. At the age of 18 she moved to South Korea,where she met her fiance - Stefan. Then in 2010 they both moved to Denmark. In the same year Zhana gave birth to her only child - her son Leon. Zhana can speak 4 languages - Bulgarian, English, Danish and Korean. She is well known as being the winner of the second series of X Factor Bulgaria. In 2014 she released her debut single - "Samurai", which became the most played song on Bulgarian air for 5 weeks. Her other songs - "Nevazmozhni sme sami" , "Igraem s teb do kraya" (featuring Bulgarian rapper - Kristo), "Dokrai" and "Vreme" (featuring Bulgarian singer - Moisey) become very popular in Bulgaria too.
Vladimir Mihailov is also a Bulgarian singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as the front man of two very popular Bulgarian groups - Sleng and Safo. He has also written songs for many Bulgarian singers. As an actor he is famous for his 2017 Bulgarian movies - "Benzin" and "All She Wrote". He was also a Bulgarian voice actor for some dubbed Disney animated films.
Georgi Simenov known as JJ is the third Bulgarian snger, songwriter and vocal producer. He debuted on the music stage as part of the Bulgarian boy band - 032 . In 2013 he began his solo career. He debuted with his solo single "Po-dobre, che razbrah". He participated in last edition of X Factor Romania.
Johnny Manuel is the first of the American singers. He started singing from early childhood, and at the age of 14 he toured with NSYNC. In 2017 he participated in America's Got Talent, where he reached the Semi-Finals. After the show he released his two first singles - "Come Alive" and "Blind Faith", and started working on his debut album.
Trey Campbell is American songwriter. Trey has had the pleasure of working with some of the the best and brightest artists in today's music industry. He recently pinned Florrie's new single "Real Love". He has worked also with MPhazes, BeBe Rexha, Bobi Andonov, Dua Lipa, and Kehlani. Trey is on of the composers of the Bulgarian entry this year.
Check out Equinox "Bones" Eurovision Song
How Were They chosen?
After their come back in 2016, Bulgaria decided to choose its representatives through Internal selection. This year Bulgarian National Television had received more than 200 songs. This was whittled down to only 13 songs. On 12 March BNT announced that the Bulgarian common framework Equinox will represent Bulgaria in Lisbon.
Check Out Eurovoxx Interview With Equinox In Amsterdam
Bulgaria At Eurovision Song Contest
Bulgaria made their debut at Eurovision in 2005 in Kiev. It has participated 11 times at the contest, only missing the 2014 and 2015 editions. Bulgaria has qualified for the final only 3 times. The first was back in 2007, where they finished fifth with Elitsa and Stundji's song "Water". The second was more recent in 2016, where they finished fourth with Poli Genova's song "If Love Was A Crime". The third qualifying song was last year, where Bulgaria had its best ever result. It came second place with Kristian Kostov's song "Beautiful Mess".
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