Saturday, April 23, 2016
Semi 2: 12 Bulgaria / If Love Was A Crime
Bulgaria has had a bumpy ride through the Eurovision forest through the years. Only once did they make it to the final despite sending in many interesting entries and good singers.
One of those was Poli Genova who came heartbreakingly close to qualifying in Düsseldorf in 2011. Since then she kept cutting out a place for herself in Bulgarian showbiz as a singer but also as a personality in various tv shows. When hosting last year's Junior Eurovision from Sofia, it was almost like she was auditioning for the job of representing Bulgaria a second time around.
No surprise then as Bulgarian tv internally selected her to perform their comeback entry and this time everyone involved seem to have made their homework properly.
This is a very focused effort with a nifty pop chorus and a haunting and effective use of a single line of Bulgarian.
Yes. This is the time when Bulgaria got it right at long last. Poli feels like a fresh and vibrant pop star and the song is a hit.
My grade: 4/5
Poli Genova / If Love Was A Crime (Bulgaria 2016 preview clip)