Warm welcome for Poli Genova in Sofia after Eurovision
After her success in Eurovision 2016, and for placing at the best place ever for Bulgaria, Poli Genova, with her delegation, returned to Bulgaria from Stockholm They were welcomed as heroes, after placing fourth in the Grand Final. Many fans and even press gathered at Sofia Airport to greet Poli, give her presents, and even begin the celebrations with her.
New chapter of Bulgarian participation
“In Stockholm we were extremely calm and confident,” said the 29-year-old star, who represented Bulgaria in this year’s contest with the song called “If Love Was a Crime.” “We just had fun together and that paid off for us. I think it’s a new chapter for the Bulgarian participation at Eurovision and therefore for our music as a whole”, told Genova to the media.
The Director-General of BNT said “I think this is a big achievement for Bulgaria. At the beginning we were two teams – Poli Genova’s and the one from BNT, but very soon we managed to Come Together and work as one team. It’s a big success for our country, for Poli herself, her backing singers, the composers and everyone else who helped us in these hard times. I think this year a new star of Eurovision was born – Poli. I’m so proud of her,” concluded Ankova.
Success from international cooperation
Joana Levieva-Sawyer – Bulgarian Head of Delegation, spoke about the importance of the Eurovision Song Contest and all the opportunities it offers for all the artists. “It’s the biggest stage in Europe and the only one that could be compared with the biggest concerts in America. And this is one of the main responsibilities of the public broadcasters – to create opportunities for the people of art. The main benefit is that it is a platform that allows the Bulgarian musicians not only to compete with musicians across Europe, but also to join their efforts and team up. One of the main reasons behind our success this year is the cooperation between Bulgarian and international composers, and the appropriate choice of an artist and song,” concluded Sawyer
One of the composers of the song, Borislav Milanov said that the main point of the success was the big cooperation between the songwriting team: himself, Sebastian Arman, and Joacim Persson, Poli and her producer Rosi from Bon Bon Music and all the team from BNT, who all believed in this massive experience.