He’s the teen idol who brought Bulgaria its best ever Eurovision result last May. And on Sunday, Kristian Kostov was tasting success once more as he picked up an EBBA 2018 award.
Kristian’s victory brings to three the number of Eurovision acts to win gongs for 2018, an unprecedented feat in the European Border Breakers Awards’ 14 year history.
Organisers highlighted Kristian’s many talent show achievements, from Voice Kids to X Factor to Eurovision, branding him “one of the most popular up-and-coming artists in Bulgaria and Russia”. Praising his voice, they compare him to James Arthur, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran.
The thrilled “Beautiful Mess” singer excitedly shared his victory with fans on social media.
“Ya boy just won an #award !??” he wrote in one Instagram post, “I’m so so proud to be a part of @ebba_awards , a lot of stuff to come :)”.
He elaborates in a second post, “I am still in awe. Can’t believe that I have won the “Border Breaker of the Year 2018″ award!”.
Kristian becomes the third Eurovision 2017 alum to scoop a 2018 EBBA.
Earlier this month, Belgium’s Blanche received one for her success with “City Lights”. Upon hearing the news, the rising star wrote:
I’m so so glad to be one of this year’s European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song ? It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you !!
On Tuesday, Eurovision 2017 champion and Portuguese representative Salvador Sobral was also unveiled as an EBBA victor. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, Salvador wasn’t able to pick up the award in person. It was presented to his manager Ana Paulo in his absence.
The European Union backed awards honour emerging artists who have enjoyed success across Europe.
Past EBBA winners include internationally acclaimed acts such as Alan Walker, Dua Lipa, Era Istrefi, Álvaro Soler, Christine and The Queens, Robin Schulz, Natalie La Rose, Years & Years, Hozier, Indila, John Newman, Tove Lo, and Mø — to name just a few.
So far, four other winners have been announced for 2018. They are Alice Merton (Germany), Off Bloom (Denmark), Skott (Sweden), and Sigrid (Norway). Three more will be revealed between now and the award ceremony on 17 January 2018.