One of the big Eurovision storylines in the past five years has been the sudden emergence of Bulgaria as a Song Contest superpower. Sure, they skipped a year to save costs, but their last three entries have showed their intent to be a fixture at the top of the leaderboard. And 2020 probably would have been no different.
Victoria Georgieva competed on season four of X Factor Bulgaria, then had a Top 20 hit in Bulgaria with “Nezavarshen Roman.” She co-wrote “Tears Getting Sober” with Borislav Milanov of Symphonix International, The Voice Kids Germany winner Lukas Oskar Janisch, and Cornelia Wiebols from the Swedish band KNASH.
- So this is another song about a bad breakup. We’ve gotten that from Belgium, Norway, Poland, Moldova, Georgia, Romania, and did we miss anyone? But there is something weirdly joyous about the lyrics to “Tears Getting Sober.” Look at the lines “My pain will soon be over/Oh, how the tables turn/Tears are getting sober/I’ve got some space to grow.” The lyrics are not wallowing in the sorrow or not grasping at codependence. They are just embracing the feeling that what’s done is done and it’s time to move on.
- Musically, the song is very gentle and understated. It’s entirely orchestral, with very little pop vocabulary present. It even finishes with a quirky little Disney happy ending. There is a quiet audacity to “Tears Getting Sober” that we admire. This may not have been a Eurovision winner, but it shows that Bulgaria is daring to stand out. That always bodes well for a country’s chances to do well.
- We’ll have Victoria again next year, and we’ll probably have Borislav working with her again. We’re already excited to hear what they give us next. Maybe next year, they’ll come up with a winner.