Bulgaria: Kismet no more

Due to a copyright dispute, Kismet, the track elected to be sung by Elitsa & Stoyan for Bulgaria, has been disqualified and withdrawn from the Contest.

Presented as one of three possible options, Kismet  was chosen by a 50/50 national selection televoting and jury panel vote earlier this month. After the song was chosen, the Bulgarian broadcasting company BNT was informed that one of the song’s co-authors had not been consulted about the final version, and outstanding copyright issues had not been settled.

Kismet came in a tie with the song Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) at the national selection, which has now been authorised as a replacement – with just one week left for all song choices to be announced and authorised by the EBU.