Kristian Kostov bulgaria beautiful mess

In March Bulgaria revealed that their Eurovision 2017 song “Beautiful Mess” would be a story of contrasting pictures and characters, both on the dark and bright side of life.

And on Friday we got a hint of what they might mean with the release of Kristian Kostov’s official music video.

The high concept video fits well with the song’s themes of perseverance and hope, which BNT previously outlined in a statement sent to wiwibloggs.

“The story here is quite simple – it’s about love,” they said. “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.”

Kristian Kostov's #euovision2017 music video is out. Here's how his team describe it: "A total of 35 actors took part in the shooting process that lasted more than 20 hours. The video is a co-production between Virginia Records and Symphonics, who are two of the three producers of this year’s Bulgarian participation at Eurovision, along with BNT. The famous Bulgarian music video producer Liusi Ilarionov is the director of the video and Andrey Andreev is the cameraman. They both worked with Kristian in the past. Milen Dankov, a well-known choreographer in Bulgaria, was in charge of the video's concept. He also worked with Kristian before – both when he was a contestant on X-factor and during the filming of the official video to his debut single – 'Ne Si Za Men'." #eurovision #eurovisionsongcontest

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The message comes through clearly in the video, which sees Kristian at the centre of a literal mess, with countless bodies lying lifeless on the floor.

But amid the apparent catastrophe there is life and hope, as Kristian rises and calls on his soldiers to join him.

Explosions follow, flags are raised and, amid an atmosphere of rebellion, Kristian and his crew seem to find peace. As he sings: “Even in the line of fire, When everything is on the wire, Even up against the wall, Our love is untouchable.”

 

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The video, which seems to have taken inspiration from Woodkid’s “Iron”, has a Game of Thrones vibe, which is fitting given the series’ focus on redemption and strife.

What do you think? Are you loving the cinematic video? What do you make of the tree branches, horses and birds — and what do you think they all symbolise? Let us know in the comments box below and by using our wiwibloggs app, available on Android and iOS.

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Alfred
Alfred
4 years ago

“The video, which seems to have taken inspiration from Woodkid’s “Iron”, has a Game of Thrones vibe, which is fitting given the series’ focus on redemption and strife.”

Inspired? The video was ripped off! Why is everyone denying this? There’s a Tumblr post going around comparing Woodkid’s Iron and Kostov’s Beautiful Mess. The shots are too similar not to be called a rip off.

sotnasdada
sotnasdada
4 years ago
Reply to  Alfred

INSPIRED??? this is a SCANDAL!!!!! Disgusting plagiarism of the video clip “IRON” from WOODKID 2011 !!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSkb0kDacjs

SHAMEFUL!!!!!… Wash that filthy conscience !!!!…?

sotnasdada
sotnasdada
4 years ago
Reply to  sotnasdada

i’m talking about them, not about u alfred! of corse! only joined my voice to yours!

jimcrew
4 years ago

I heard all songs from eurovision song contest 2017 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvKlOvz9A8U

jimcrew
4 years ago

All i can say is he has a nice voice

jellyfish
jellyfish
4 years ago

He is already more popolar than the Ittalian guy according to Google Trends https://plus.google.com/115376791641225692528/posts/hgpTSPvXzew

Vova
Vova
4 years ago

He is Russian citizen, without Russia, all the bloc will vote Bulgaria.
Now you understand all the attacks against him?
The other favorites are on alert.

Slaytina
Slaytina
4 years ago

Here we have our winner. Im not saying he is my winner but whoever thinks he is not gonna win, is just blind. Besides Italy does not want to win and host, Bulgaria does.

Enthusiast
4 years ago

About the symbolism in the video I would say that the raven usually means Death, Destruction, Evil and falcon or eagle – Victory, Spirit, Supreme power… Pigeons are of course the universal symbol of Peace. And I see Kuker warrior – Bulgarian traditional figure, who battles the evil… The symbol of the black horse is mixed for me – with the black rider it seems to be the dark side again, which time is over… Without the rider I totally love the sadness in the eye of the horse!!! Than I see allusion to the famous Repin’s painting ‘Barge Haulers… Read more »

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

He looks like William on that Instagram post. You guys sure you’re not related? 😉

Stoyan Petrov
Stoyan Petrov
4 years ago

2017 – the year of Brexit and Trump, when our values are being tested by liars, rude and greedy people. This is the year when Eurovision fans would seek for a song that brings hope and normality in times of sorrow. It’s not time for fun now, so Italy may wait for another year to win the contest. This year’s Bulgarian entry offers it straight to the point and people may place it first imho.?

Ern
Ern
4 years ago

People, STOP saying Kristian is too young.

Blanche from Belgium is also 17 years old, yet I don’t hear people blathering about her age.

Enthusiast
4 years ago

Colin,
Very good point – interesting indeed: “Is is just me, or is it quite odd how 17-year-olds sing about eternal love and devotion, while 42-year-olds sing about randomly hooking-up in a disco? Ha ha, total reverse reality” 🙂
What I love about Kristian is exactly the depth in his style of singing. And people who love Salvador but do not appreciate Kristian, for sure are just not familiar with his truly amazing and emotional singing – live! Hopefully he’ll proof this soon on the stage…

James
James
4 years ago

Remember kids, the age of eligibility has always been 16 for a long time now.

Bgc
Bgc
4 years ago

Can’t believe people are commenting negatively on his looks. He’s only 16 years old ffs! Not that anybody of any age should receive negative comments from others about how they look. Some people are just horrible. =(

Kristian is definitely a lot more handsome than I was when I was sixteen, and he’s a good signer too.

His song wouldn’t be in my top ten this year but it is quite good (it reminds me of Troye Sivan) and I’m sure he’ll do well in May. Best of luck to him and Bulgaria. =)

Alex from Russia
Alex from Russia
4 years ago

Kristian is very nice guy with a very good voice and song. I remember him from Russian Voice Kids, one of the favourites. Swedish song is fine, but I prefer to see it in my jogging playlist rather than in the Eurovision winners playlist. I suppose either Italy or Bulgaria should win this year. But we have to see stage performances. I love Italian song, but I hate that monkey in the performance. I’m fine with swedish song. At least, if Robin would win, we are going to have good show next year. I suppose this year show won’t be… Read more »

pepito
pepito
4 years ago

@TwistedFrench

This is ridiculous, the rules are different for children and teenagers.
There are many other children in this world to worry about, not Kristian.

Boriss
Boriss
4 years ago

Just ENVY..!!

Marlon
Marlon
4 years ago

I can’t believe what’s going on in this comments here. Really, bashing a kid because in your opinon he is not “hot”. Seriously, what’s wrong with you guys.
The video is one of the best I’ve seen this season. I feared that it might be a bit over the top, but it is very minimalistic and conceptual. Also, his song is great and the voice is just incredible.

M_K
M_K
4 years ago

It’s such a deep, dark song and his vocals are so amazing. He might look like JESC but he sounds like ESC.

Boriss
Boriss
4 years ago

French song accident, also Italian, and Portuguese.
This year, the best are Bulgaria, Sweden, Belgium.
We definitely envy the highest level !!

TwistedFrench
TwistedFrench
4 years ago

@Pepito
Yes ESJC is fine because they deal with kids and adolescents and respect the amount of time they can work and that is supervised. ESJC participants don’t do international touring or promotion, TV shows, interviews for weeks, videos, etc etc.
I don’t care if he wins or not. I would be actually very happy to have Sofia as the 2018 host. I’m against child abuse that’s all. “A child is every person under 18 years of age” Bulgarian Child Protection Act

pepito
pepito
4 years ago

@TwistedFrench

You say that kids are not supposed to work, but earlier you were sending Kristian to Junior ESC. So JESC is fine? Or you just don’t like that Kristian is a contender for a good place?

Gippa
Gippa
4 years ago

Too much hate here.
On a purely aesthetic point of view this video is amazing, really amzing.
I still need to understand the symbology behind it but the direction is amazing, this video is a masterpiece, best video of this year ESC.

TwistedFrench
TwistedFrench
4 years ago

@Shanfa Chai
Your mouth is keen on insulting, I would advise a toothbrush
I don’t care about any rules, I have mine, and in my rules kids are not supposed to work

pepito
pepito
4 years ago

I hope that Kristian will NOT try to to something to his teeth, it’s a blessing to have strong, healthy teeth, don’t put that at risk.
About the video looking cheap because of the tree…why is that cheap? Would’ve looked expensive if it were a plastic tree?
Reading the comments, it’s so clear that here is a bloodbath of fans from France, Italy, Sweden, Portugal and right now they are a little busy with a mutual enemy Bulgaria.

Friedenau
Friedenau
4 years ago

It’s a good song and I like his voice, but when I see him performancing, somehow I can’t connect with it, It’s not that he is young… it is rather that he looks like a kid :/ anyway I Think he will do well again for Bulgaria, top 10 for sure

Hada
Hada
4 years ago

This song is growing on me so much, it’s creeping into my Top 5.

Eva M.
Eva M.
4 years ago

And a comment for the petty minds commenting on his teeth. If you look at this performance and all that you see and find noteworthy is the gap in his teeth… you have a serious gap in your soul… and this is THE REAL PROBLEM.

Eva M.
Eva M.
4 years ago

This video adds a whole another dimension and makes the song stand out. This is a work of art, in the best sense of the phrase… possibly too good for Eurovision. Just brilliant, especially coming from a small country. I think stylisticly this is better than the best of Armenia, and Armenia has been creating masterpieces year after year.
Kris winning is one of those thing that are too good to be true… but regardless of where this places, Bulgaria is making history.

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TwistedFrench
TwistedFrench
4 years ago

There’s already Eurovision Junior, right? What are kids doings in a competition made for adults???
One is singing he’s been burned too many times, dam you’re 17 you’ll never reach 30! The other one is already thinking that the world is a beautiful mess and the other one is afraid to lose it all in the danger zone.
Bulgaria, Australia, Belgium = inappropriate singers/songs.

Ern
Ern
4 years ago

Regarding a space between one’s front teeth:

In Syria, it is a sign of great wisdom.

In parts of Africa, it is a sign of great sexual prowess.

Regardless, it seems like it’s a good thing.

mmaxi8
mmaxi8
4 years ago

not my cup of tea

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

N.B. If anyone else just read (on Pink News) that the UK is withdrawing from Eurovision in 2019; it’s an April Fool’s joke. (I hope.) Don’t take it seriously unless the BBC says so on April 2nd. 😀

Sasha
Sasha
4 years ago

Don’t call him a winner until you hear him sing live. If this is how he truly sounds, then he’s in the top. But we don’t know his voice without autotune yet

chessguy99
4 years ago

Nice song, but it needs somebody with a little more emotional growth. Isaiah connects better in “Don’t Come Easy”. It will do well enough, but I doubt it will carry enough televote to match Poli’s placing from last year.

bringbackpoli
bringbackpoli
4 years ago

No wonder outsiders bash ESC as being kitsch, it just sounds like a troye sivan rip off the way he stresses his voice, not a fan of teenage girl boring songs

Mark Beckenbreur
Mark Beckenbreur
4 years ago

He looks 12))

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Getting some serious winner vibes!

Emy
Emy
4 years ago

The song is beautiful and Kristian is immensely talented. Don’t insult a 17 year old boy! Please!

sabri
sabri
4 years ago

@ William Lee
Have i ever mentioned before that i love you? I love how you save the situation when REALLY needed. I love how you come like a Superman. Thanks for taking sides of humanity and morals. I don’t know you in person-just from videos and this blog- , so might my inferences be wrong about you, idk. Nevertheless as i believe in my senses i can say that seeing people like you exist, gives me hope to live, don’t underestimate what you are doing here through a website.Stay as you are, wish you happiness lifetime.

telmo
telmo
4 years ago

I don’t understand the hype around this song… good luck anyway!

Julie
Julie
4 years ago

What a cutie pie! Love the song 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

This video has a nice concept but it could’ve been produced better. Everything in it looks low budget. Especially the dead tree. This is still one of the better produced videos in this season, though. He’ll be fine 🙂

Larissa D
Larissa D
4 years ago

The song has a deep message but this guy has no charisma at all. What a pity! He should start his career in 6 or 7 years, with more maturity.
@ Stylianos H, I can agree with you, that the song from Portugal is out of this world, but here we should only comment on the Bulgarian song.

Yellowman
4 years ago

Ugh the judgement is on the song! Not on the person!!! Y’all are gonna drive me crazy!!!!

Stylianos H
Stylianos H
4 years ago

Can not pass the emotions of the Portuguese song. Salvador opens the mouth and the world stops!
Bulgaria has a good song for TOP5 but it’s one more that 6 months from now nobody wants to listen anymore. It can even win with the support of the Balkan bloc and east but it is a song to forget.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Thank you William, I love you!
So I could really have been a top model?! 😀
(With or without the mask? :p )

Amor A.
Amor A.
4 years ago

Do not apologise. Please delete these nasty comments!

TK
TK
4 years ago

Love it! The video is great and hopefully gives us an idea as to what the staging may look like. Kiki is definitely in with a shot at the win if he nails it live.

Go Kiki!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

WoW.Amazing Bulgaria,gonna fight for the win this year.All the haters here,hating cause they wish their countries were that good,just shame on you !!!! Go Bulgaria,slay this year again. #Sofia2018

Mars Bar
Mars Bar
4 years ago

All the focus is on this young fellow. He speaks when he sings. People are underestimating some truly better singers in this competition. Time for Wiwi to write about those methinks, such as the other 17 year old male who actually sings when he sings, namely Isaiah. Plus, Isaiah’s going into this competition with more recognition. His first single “It’s Gotta Be You” is charting in 15 countries, with currently over 63 million streams on Spotify. Come on Wiwi, if you can report Robin Bengtsson getting engaged, surely can you write about that?