Bulgarian Eurovision Contestant Enchants Journalists in DusseldorfCulture | May 5, 2011, Thursday // 19:22| views
Polly Genova (front, second left) with her band at their first rehearsal for Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf. Photo by BNT
Bulgaria's contestant for the Eurovision 2011 Song Contest, Polly Genova, has had her first rehearsal in Germany's Dusseldorf, which is hosting this year's competition.
Polly Genova and her Bulgarian-language song "Na Inat" ("In Defiance") won the internal Bulgarian competition for Eurovision in February 2011.
After her first rehearsal, Polly Genova had her first press conference during which she managed to "enchant" international journalists, according to the Bulgarian National Television, which is in charge of Eurovision in Bulgaria.
Genova and her band will take part in the second semi-final of Eurovision on May 12 in Dusseldorf together with the performers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova, Sweden, Cyprus, Macedonia, Israel, Slovenia, Romania, Estonia, Belarus, Latvia, Denmark, and Ireland. The first semi-final is on May 10, and the Grand Final is on May 14.
The stage performance of Polly Genova's Na Inat song will feature the entire band in white, with a screen showing rain dripping down glass in the background. The final details of the performance such as the fireworks are still being worked out. The fireworks are supposed to be mark the very end of the song performance.
"It is really exciting but I am calm. And I feel great on this stage," Polly is quoted as saying.
Even though the fact that Polly Genova's song is not in English, which is said to be greatly reducing her chances to win Eurovision, the Bulgarian public and many foreigners have favored it because of its powerful message - urging young Bulgarians to stay and try to achieve their dreams in Bulgaria "in defiance" of all difficulties; the message is further perceived as being directed towards all young people encouraging them to fight for their dreams.
The official Eurovision 2011 Video of Polly Genova's song "Na Inat" ("In Defiance") VIEW HERE
Polly Genova and her band during their rehearsal in Dusseldorf. Photo by BNT