Bulgaria: Victoria – Growing Up Is Getting Old
Felix: The hype around Bulgaria (you know, the default hype before their song is released) turned into a damp squib quickly this year, and real momentum around GUIGO never happened. But heard with fresh ears, in the context of many uptempo numbers, it’s striking in its sobriety and elegance. A surprisingly calm piece considering the Bulgarian archives, and this in 2021!
So yes, I initially liked it. I still do, but other songs have grown on me while this one remained just “there” – like a carpet you buy on a whim, but then once it’s there in your place, it doesn’t do much for you anymore. This much about “now” and “our” way to “Eurovision” (to use the language of eurovision.tv). But we’re now reaching the final phase of the season, and that’s another game.
Will Bulgaria qualify? It does have that aforementioned effect on first listen, in that uptempo context. But coming right after Portugal (which is already dragging quite a lot), things might be more difficult than expected. On its own, Bulgaria is a nice, calm song. But this doesn’t change the fact that the running order threatens it, and the undeniable fact that “Growing Up Is Getting Old” is getting old very fast.
Martin: Oh good, another preview video all about how sad it is that Eurovision got cancelled last year. Thanks, we didn’t notice. Anyway, I quite like GUIGO, hype or no hype, but a whole lot will ride on the presentation. Something sweet rather than self-important is called for. That, from Bulgaria? We’ll see.
Shi: It’s easy to make fun of Bulgaria sometimes when you’re living and breathing Eurovision forums and social media – let’s just say that Bulgarian PR wouldn’t know subtlety even if it hit them emotionally in the face. But having a fresh-faced singer broadcasting innocence and vulnerability can sometimes work surprisingly well.
video and title image source: eurovision.tv