Kristian Kostov will try and emulate the success of Bulgarian singer Poli Genova, when he succeeds her as the country’s representative at Eurovision 2017. Find out more about the singer in our feature article 10 Things About…Kristian Kostov!
1. Kristian Kostov was born in Moscow to a Bulgarian father and Kazakhstani mother. At 17 years old he is one of the youngest participants in this year’s Eurovision, alongside Blanche from Belgium and Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace who are also both 17.
2. Kostov rose to prominence when he competed in the first season of Russian TV singing competition The Voice Kids Russia (Golos).
3. On the show he was mentored by former Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, whose coaching saw him reach the finals. The show was won by Alisa Kozhikina
4. Not content with just appearing on one reality singing competition, Kostov also applied to appear as a contestant on the X Factor Bulgaria.
5. Again he narrowly missed out on being crowned the winner, when he finished in second place, losing out to Christiana Louizu
6. Following his appearance on the two singing shows, Kostov was signed up to Virginia Records where he recorded and released his debut single.
7. The song entitled ‘Ne si za men’ was released on 7th October 2016. The song was written by Venci Venc and the music and arrangement was composed by Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler and Isaac Evans.
8. As well as his debut single Kristian has also worked with Pavell and Venci Venc on song ‘Vdigam Level’.
9. Kristian was one of the last Eurovision 2017 acts to be announced in early March 2017. Along with the announcement, it was revealed he would sing the song ‘Beautiful Mess’, a ballad written and composed by Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Armann and Joackim Bo Persson.
10. When asked about his Eurovision 2017 song, Kristian commented that:
”Beautiful Mess’ is authentic, interesting and transmits the sentiment and the main idea of the song. I like the song, because it’s what I am. Last November, I started working with Bobby [the composer Borislav Milanov] with the idea to submit a song for Eurovision either for this year or next. As a performer, now I’m trying to find myself and actually ‘Beautiful Mess’ is my first song that has a deeper meaning. I like it a lot. My vision for the future is actually to do projects that make sense, so that’s a step in the right direction for me. Besides this, my fans will see me in a different light than in my past projects, so I am really curious to find out what their reaction will be’.
Check out his song for Eurovision below: