Bulgaria - Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) - Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov

12 - 45 pts in semi 2

After it was rumoured for a few days, BNTannounced that 2007 Eurovision stars Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov (Stundzhi) (Елица Тодорова и Стоян Янкулов) will represent Bulgaria again in 2013.

The song performed in Malmö is Samo Shampioni (Only Champions). It's the second choice, as first a song titled Kismet was declared the winner of the national final (see below). The backing vocalists are singers from the Dragostin Folk choir.
The song is written by Elitsa Todorova and Kristian Talev.

You can download the song (new version) here at Stoyans website (wave file).
A 1-track promo cdsingle is issued.

Pic from Stoyans website
Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) - Eurovision version
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Samo Shampioni - original
- has only been on the net as video, like here
Samo Shampioni (Only Champions) - Instrumental
- only distributed through broadcaster

Bulgarian Champions
Update 2014 A new album by Elitsa and Stoyan with a host of other Bulgarian artists is released. The album is titled Bulgarian Champions (Българи Шампиони) and features 18 tracks.
Opening track is Samo Shampioni. There's also a new version of Voda (Water) the 2007 entry. This time in a remix by DJ Kliment.
The original choice song Kismet (see below) is not on the album, but the third national final song Dzupai, Libe Boso (Дзупай либе босо, Jump Barefoot Sweetheart) is included.
After being announced for 2013 and later for Januari 2014 The album was finally released March 17.
It's out through iTunes, or you can have a listen first at Spotify.

The duo recorded five songs and a jury selected three from those that were introduced on Februari 17.
The songs received extensive radio and TV exposure over the two weeks and then competed in a national final on March 3, where jury and televoters picked the winner. Two songs ended up with the same results but in the end Kismet, the televoting winner was chosen as the Eurovision entry.

But apparently Jonathan Tesci didn't agree with the use of his song as it was recorded, so BNT were forced to go for the other winner. Samo Shampioni, (Само шампиони, Only Champions) the song ended with the same amount of points in the three song final, but it was the choice of the jury.
BNT article

You can listen and watch here.

links and sources
BNT announcement and Eurovision pages
Elitsa Todorova Website and fanpage FB
Stoyan Yankoulov Website
Elitsa and Stoyan FB

Bulgaria's recent entries
2012 - Sofia Marinova
2011 - Poli Genova
2010 - Miro
2009 - Krassimir Avramov

Water / Voda versions and releases
In 2007 the duo ended 5th with the ethno-dance track Water (Voda) and with that the best placing for the country ever: 5th. It's the only Bulgarian entry to have reached the final since the first participation in 2005.

2007  157  5   WATER (VODA) - Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov         
 semi: 146  6                          Вода - Елица Тодорова и Стоян Янкулов
Water (eurovision version)
- on promo cds, also issued in foldout kit with cds & DVD (DVD has original version) and Helsinki CD
Water (original version) 
- has been available on BNT on website and promo DVD (video) (also in set)
Water (Deep zone remix)
- Digital release
Water (remix 2010/ Album version)
- on CD Water - Gold Collection (Stefkos music)
Voda (Water) - DJ Kliment remix
- Album Bulgarian Champions, 2014 digital release.
Info taken from from the Eurovision Collectors Guide

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