Bulgaria to compete in 2016 Eurovision song contest in Stockholm after two-year absence

Bulgaria will take part in Eurovision 2016, after a two-year absence from the song contest, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television said.

Bulgaria first took part in Eurovision in 2005, placing 19th in its debut performance. The country’s best showing was in 2007, when it placed fifth.

Bulgaria’s contestant and song entry for the 2016 Eurovision song contest in Stockholm are to be announced at a later stage.

According to Eurovision.tv, the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm will be the biggest contest for years with 43 participants, equaling the record set in both 2008 and 2011.

Ukraine will return to the contest after a one-year absence and Bosnia Herzegovina, which last competed in 2012, will also participate.

Croatia and Bulgaria will return to the contest for the first time since 2013.

Tickets for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest went on sale on November 26 at AXS.com. As is now customary, fans will have their own quota of tickets, organised through the national fan clubs across Europe. Last year tickets for the final sold out in just 20 minutes.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will take place in Stockholm’s Globe Arena on May 10 (Semi Final 1), Thursday May 12 (Semi Final 2) and Saturday May 14 (the Grand Final). Tickets to nine shows are available including the live broadcasts, jury finals and dress rehearsals with prices starting at just 11 euro.

Meanwhile, the European Broadcasting Union has sent an official letter to BNT, host broadcaster of the 2015 Junior Eurovision song contest, giving top marks for the organisation of the event, which was held at Sofia’s Arena Armeec on November 21.

The EBU letter praised the professionalism, motivation and readiness for teamwork, adding, “We did not receive any negative comments from the many representatives accredited by the EBU in Sofia”.



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