Bulgarian Eurovision Song Impresses EuropeCulture | March 7, 2012, Wednesday // 11:44| views
Bulgarian Roma pop folk diva, Sofi Marinova, performs at the country's edition of the Eurovision finals. Photo by Nadya Kotseva, Sofia Photo Agency
Foreign media, especially in countries that will participate together with Bulgaria in the semi-finals of the Eurovision song contest, have been very quick to report on Bulgaria's finalist.
While in Bulgaria there are still heated debates if "Love Unlimited" performed by Roma pop folk singer, Sofi Marinova, was the right choice and some cast suspicions the vote has been cooked, the news about her win had been spreading across Europe.
Marinova was chosen a week ago by the viewers of the Bulgarian National Television and will become the first ever pop folk singer to represent the country in Baku on May 24 in the second semi-final in which 19 countries will take part – they are the only ones that can vote for the Bulgarian song. Of them, 10 will go to the final on May 26.
Neighboring Turkey has been especially active in promoting "Love Unlimited," where about 6 million people have listen to it. Reports about Marinova's selection were aired during prime time on the most popular Turkish TV channels – Show TV, ATV, NTV, CNN Turk, TRT 1 and TRT News.
The press, with top newspapers such as Hurriet, Milliyet and Posta with a total circulation of 3 million copies, label the song a gesture towards Turkey and write that Marinova is a "Roma Pearl" with an amazing voice all while being critical to the country's own song which is in English.
Marinova performs the song in Bulgarian.
The news about her victory has also been reported in Spain, Lituania, Greece, and Azerbaijan, among others. On March 3, Bulgaria's Liberation Day and National Holiday, the Spanish TV aired a video message from Sofi.
BNT further informs that online reactions have been impressive and the video has been seen over 100 000 times.
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