Bulgaria returns to Junior Eurovision this year, having not participated since the 2011 contest in Yerevan. Heading to Malta are three young talents: Krisia, Hasan, and Ibrahim. Junior Eurovision is annual contest for children of age between 10 and 15 years. The competition is organised by the European Broadcasting Union. This year Junior Eurovision is about to be held in Malta on November, 15th.
Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim all gained popularity throughout Bulgaria through their participation in “Slavi’s Show”. For Junior Eurovision 2014, national broadcaster BNT and commercial station bTV have united to represent Bulgaria in the best possible way. Krisia, Hasan, and Ibrahim were therefore selected internally, through a partnership between the two channels.
At 10 years old, Krisia Marinova Todorova is one of the youngest singers taking part in this year’s competition. However, despite her tender age she has a staggeringly long list of achievements in Bulgaria already – including singing her country’s national anthem to over 40,000 people at the national stadium in Sofia. Brothers Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov are also 10 years old, and are both exceptional pianists despite their young ages.
About the song
“Planet of the children”, which will be sung entirely in Bulgarian, is about a fairy that wants to wake the child inside everyone. The fairy believes that wars, fear and famine do not exist on the children’s planet, only goodness. In English, the chorus reads:
It will be a planet of children,
without hunger and fear, and war.
It will be a planet of children,
The three children will be the only people on stage for Bulgaria’s entry, which will see them all doing what they do best – Krisia singing, and Hasan and Ibrahim playing pianos around her. Dry ice was included as part of the preview video, and is expected to be a feature on stage in Malta.
Krisia Marinova Todorova is a talented 10-year old Bulgarian child. She was born on June 1st 2004 in Varna and lives in the town of Razgrad. She started studying music when she was 6 years old in different music schools in Bulgaria. At the moment she is studying music in the “Centre for work with Children” in Razgrad with vocal teacher Svilena Decheva, where she sings and plays the piano.
Krisia is the recipient of 7 awards from different national and international music competitions held in Bulgaria.
In 2014 she gained national popularity with her participation in “Slavi’s Show” on bTV, won a TV format and became part of the TV segment on the show – „Запознай се с малките“ (Meet the Kids).
In June of 2014 she was chosen to sing the National Anthem of Bulgaria and one of the most popular Bulgarian songs „Моя страна, моя България“ (My Country, My Homeland) at the National Stadium „Vasil Levski“ in Sofia, live in front of 40 000 people for the opening of the 1/8 Final of UEFA Europa League between Bulgarian football team – Ludogorets and Valencia.
Hasan Ignatov was born on December 15th 2003 in Shumen, Bulgaria in the family of musicians. At the age of five he received his first musical guidance from his father Denis Ignatov. He started studying piano professionally on September 21st 2011 with vocal teacher Marinela Marinova. He is interested in classical music and the works of famous European and world composers. His biggest dream is to become a notable, world re-known pianist and conductor and to bring recognition for his country Bulgaria and his home town Shumen at international music stages.
Hasan is the recipient of 21 awards from different competitions for pianists in Bulgaria, Turkey and Macedonia.
Ibrahim Ignatov was born on December 15th 2003 in Shumen, Bulgaria in the family of musicians. At the age of five he received his first musical guidance from his father Denis Ignatov. He started studying piano professionally on September 21st 2011 with vocal teacher Marinela Marinova. He is interested in classical music and the works of famous European and world composers. His biggest dream is to become a notable, world re-known concert pianist and to bring recognition for his country Bulgaria and his home town Shumen at international music stages.
Ibrahim is the recipient of 19 awards from different competitions for pianists in Bulgaria, Turkey and Macedonia.
You can watch more of Krisia’s songs:
Krisia Todorova – “Listen”
Krisia Todorova – “Hurt”
Krisia Todorova – “My Heart Will Go On”
Krisia Todorova – “Oh! Darling”
Krisia Todorova – “Wrecking Ball”
Krisia Todorova – “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
Krisia Todorova – “When You Believe”
Krisia Todorova – “Mamma mia”
Krisia Todorova – “You Are The Voice”