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The eagle-eyed amongst you will recognise Elitsa and Stoyan as the duo that has brought Bulgaria it’s greatest Eurovision success thus far with a 5th place finish in 2007 singing Voda. In fact they’re the only contestants to ever get Bulgaria out of the semi final, so it’s no wonder they were asked to return this year. They performed three songs in the final, one ill-advisedly mixing rap with Elitsa’s distinctive folk style vocals, and the winning song Kizmet in a similar style to this. Quickly afterwards though it was announced that Kizmet would be disqualified, citing disagreements with one of its composers over the requirements of copyright when submitted to Eurovision. So the runner up took the place, Samo Shampioni. It means Only Champions but I can’t quite get the idea that she’s singing ‘champignoni’ out of my mind so to me it’s Only Mushrooms. Elitsa and Stoyan both like to bang things and there’s drumming a-plenty in this lively track with quite a cavalier attitude to their own drumsticks. But will the ethnic-shtick work a second time round? I love the franticness to this, and I adore this typically Bulgarian style of singing, and I think it will get sufficient votes from the Balkans to get it through to the final, but I can’t see it having mass appeal to many western ears. It’s also not as good as their previous attempt. But who knows with a song like this? I’m going to enjoy it whatever the outcome, and whilst I don’t think it has a prayer of winning I would love to head to Sofia for Eurovision one year.
My score: 8 points