Eurovision 2022 Bulgaria profile: ‘Intention’ by Intelligent Music Project
Bulgaria in Eurovision
Bulgaria made their Eurovision debut in 2005 and since then, they have qualified for the Grand Final on five occasions (2007, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021), with three top five results (2007, 2016 and 2017).
Eleven years after their debut they landed on the fan favourite radar with Poli Genova who scored 4th place in 2016, with her song ‘If Love Was a Crime’. In 2017 they achieved their best ever result with Kristian Kostov and the song ‘Beautiful Mess’, which finished in 2nd place with 615 points.
2022 entry: The Intelligent Music Project – ‘Intention’
The Intelligent Music Project will compete in the first half of the first semi-final
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 39th
Odds to win ranking: 32nd
(rankings as of 9 April 2022)
About the artist
The modestly named Intelligent Music Project was first established in 2010. It is the brainchild of Bulgarian businessman, philanthropist and patron of the arts Dr Milan Vrabevski who produces and writes all the lyrics and songs for the band.
An unconventional band format, the group is made up of a core team of musicians based in Bulgaria who have guest appearances by famous rock and metal musicians including Simon Phillips (Toto), Joseph Williams (Toto), Carl Sentance (Nazareth) and Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath), just to name a few!
Although none of their special international guests will join them in Turin there is one member who is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. Drummer Stoyan Yankoulov will be making his third Eurovision appearance. You may recognise him from Bulgaria’s 2007 entry ‘Water’ where he performed with singer Elitsa Todorova which finished at an impressive 5th place in the Eurovision Grand Final.
Rounding out the line-up we have Ronnie Romero, Bisser Ivanov, Slavin Slavchev (the winner of X-Factor Bulgaria), Ivo Stefanov and Dimiter Sirakov.
About the song
The song ‘Intention’ is a rock anthem about positivity and self-improvement. It speaks of never being too late to change the path you are on and to not let things hold you back.
It was produced and written by Dr Milen Vrabevski (of course!) and released on the Bulgarian morning tv show ‘Denyat zapochva s Georgi Lyubenov’ (The day begins with Georgi Lyubenov) on Bulgaria’s national broadcaster BNT1 on December 5.
How they were chosen for Eurovision
Intelligent Music Project were Bulgaria’s worst kept Eurovision secret. The band accidentally let the news slip in an interview with BNT. It was later confirmed they had been chosen through an internal selection process.
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Bulgaria will compete in the first semi-final on May 10 (European time) in Turin.