Our introduction to all Eurovision contestants is drawing to a close. The penultimate country in our series is Bulgaria, who are represented by Kristian Kostov.
Former Russia’s The Voice for Kids to Eurovision
Just like some of his opponents, Kristian found fame in Bulgaria after appearing on a local talent show edition. In 2014, he made his debut in Russia on the Kids edition of the Voice, where he was mentored by Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan.
One year later Kristian auditioned for the Bulgarian edition of XFactor, where he finished in second place.
Now, just aged 17, Kristian is the first male contestant born in this millennium to grace the stage in Kyiv, but he’s also one of the big favourites to give Bulgaria its first victory with Beautiful Mess.
Don’t be fooled by its title, because Beautiful Mess is anything but a mess; Team Bulgaria is delivering for the second year in a row, an extremely professional package. If executed well, it could well see its team, overall favourite Italy a massive run for its money.
In the 17-year-old singer, Bulgaria has found an extraordinary young singer and a fantastic ambassador for Bulgaria who’s only just at the beginning of an incredible career.
Kristian is Bulgaria’s answer to former One Direction band member ZAYN, who’s set to take Europe by storm with a stunner of a universal pop ballad, which showcases a good dose of Bulgarian identity too. And that can only be a good thing in our book.
Truth to be told, yes Bulgaria struggled in the past. But their exceptional organisation of the 2014 Junior contest has revived their love for the contest. Poli Genova‘s fourth place in Stockholm was only the beginning. Mark our words.