From an open submission to a shortlist of six to just one lucky act — Bulgaria has now selected their act for Eurovision 2017. The lucky artist heading to Kyiv is the 16-year-old Bulgarian-Russian singer, Kristian Kostov.
Kristian has plenty of television experience. He was a finalist in the first season of the Russian edition of The Voice Kids and a runner-up in the four season of the Bulgarian X Factor.
Kristian will sing ”Beautiful Mess” in Kyiv. The song is a story of contrasting pictures and characters – both on the dark and bright side, all combined into one eclectic mixture. The composers of the song are Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Armann and Joackim Bo Persson. The song will be released later today.
The broadcaster has big plans for the song and have high concept plans for the staging. A BNT spokesperson explains:
”Over the past few years, Eurovision entries have been gradually shifting towards a more cinematic approach, focused on storytelling rather than just presenting a musical piece. So when we refer to “Beautiful Mess”, we want to call it a story and not just a song. The story here is quite simple – it’s about love. But we don’t mean love in the sense of feelings between two persons, but rather love for humanity and friendship, as both are an integral part of the core values of the Eurovision Song Contest. The main character is a youngster who is facing a world full of darkness that he is living in and is searching for an oasis of light for him and the people he is willing to fight for.Our project this year is dedicated to all young people, urging them to define themselves and fight for the values they believe in.”
Who is Kristian Kostov?
Kristian was born in Moscow. His father is Bulgarian while his mother is from Kazakhstan. As his family lives in Moscow, in 2014 he has the chance to participate in The Voice Kids. He made it to the live shows, and was only eliminated in the grand final.
One year later, he decided to try his luck in the Bulgarian version of X Factor. At his audition he fascinated the jury with his voice and charm. He ended up on the team of the famous Bulgarian music producer Stanislava Armoutlieva. She guided the young singer to the final, where he second to the overall winner Christiana Loizou. X Factor established Kristi as a teen icon, especially a favourite with the young Bulgarian audience.
Last year Poli Genova represented Bulgaria, for the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ”If Love Was a Crime”. She eached fourth place in the final — the country’s best-ever finish at Eurovision.
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