Nikola Chochev will be representing Bulgaria at the International Pop Song Performers Contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017.

28-year-old Nikola Chochev from Liaskovetz will be representing Bulgaria at Slavianski Bazaar 2017. He has been performing since he was six years old when the young singer took to the stage in his home town. Since 2004 he has gone on to compete in competitions and perform at a number of concerts.

Between 2005 to 2009 Nikola was one of soloist of vocal group “New Music”. At a contest in 2007 the director of music TV project “Hit 1” noted him and Nikola became finalist in this project. Since then the singer has continued to take part in different international festivals and competitions –Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania,Ukraine and Turkey. Nikola has performed as a solo artists alongside the Big Band of Bulgarian National Radio. Since 2013 Nikola Chochev has been studying at the Institute of Modern Arts in Moscow.

The Head of the Bulgarian delegation at Slavianski Bazaar also revealed that Sesil Alper will be representing the country in the children’s contest. Sesil was born on the 10th of January 2006 in Shumen, Bulgaria. She began to sing when she was 4 years old. In 2016 she made it through to the final of Bulgaria’s Junior Eurovision selection.

The following countries have selected their entrants so far:

  • Bulgaria
  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Ukraine

Source: Nikolay Tekeliev

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.