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Bulgaria Picks Polly Genova's In Defiance for Eurovision 2011

Date: 23.02.2011

Bulgaria selected singer Polly Genova and her song Na Inat (In Defiance) as its representative for the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Polly Genova's song with its message urging young Bulgarians to stay and try to achieve their dreams in Bulgaria "in defiance" of all difficulties received the greatest number of votes out of a total of 19 songs.

You can view Polly Genova's live TV final performance of her song In Defiance (Na Inat) HERE; you can view the video of the song HERE.

The winning entry was chosen by a 50/50 combination of televoting and the verdict of the expert commission, who plays a key role in this year's national selection.

This is Polly Genova's second appearance in the Bulgarian Eurovision final after she reached the final in 2009 with her song One Life Is Not Enough.

This year's Romanian hopefuls Hotel FM were special guests of the splendid show, which was aired live on the Bulgarian National Television.

Singer Milena Slavova with her song Fire In My Hair, and Jackob, with Wicked Way To Love, came in second and third.

Bulgaria will take part in the Eurovision second semi-final on 12th May.

Bulgaria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times since its debut in 2005, but it was only the duo of Elitza and Stundzhi that brought success to the country and reached the finals in 2007 ending fifth.

After the initial excitement over their participation in the contest Bulgarians already consider the Eurovision experience to be either sloppy or dire, a competition decided mainly by politicial back-scratching.

Still amidst a period of effacement and chalga-risation of Bulgarian music, the intensity of Bulgaria's duo Elitsa and Stundzhi four years ago convinced many that the music jamboree still matters, at least as a medium of the traditional and authentic on a modern note.

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