He just turned 17 but his Eurovision 2017 song “Beautiful Mess” is already a massive success and one of the early favourites to win this year’s song contest.
And on Saturday Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov proved that he’s handling expectations and hype with ease as he met with wiwiblogger William for a candid interview ahead of the London Eurovision Party.
“I was amazed from the first listen of the song,” he says of his number, which his producer presented to him in Sofia several months ago. “She showed me the song and I was like ‘Whoa!’ That day I went to the studio and made the demo. It was just the piano and my voice.”
“It took me like two months to make it sound like this. I had to work a lot on the high tones. It was a lot of work with my vocal coach. But I think it sounds pretty decent.”
“After a month of listening and thinking what we could do with that song, we were like ‘Why don’t we try to go on the Eurovision Song Contest’?”
KRISTIAN KOSTOV INTERVIEW IN LONDON
Kristian is a truly international representative and captures the spirit of #CelebrateDiversity well.
Born in Moscow to a Kazakh mother and a Bulgarian father, he says he’s from “somewhere between Russia and Bulgaria”. Half of his family members are Christian, while the other half are Muslim, meaning he celebrates the full range of holidays in his household.
“We really cherish the beautiful moments of every part of this,” he says. “I have the chance to interact with different religions, which is cool for me.”
Kristian, who recently released the official video to his Eurovision entry, is known both in Bulgaria and in Russia through The X Factor Bulgaria and The Voice Kids Russia.
Russian fans will be happy to hear how deeply impressed the young star was by his Voice mentor, ESC 2008 winner Dima Bilan.
“He’s one of the best I know,” Kris stated. “He’s so kind and so intelligent, and he taught me how to work the cameras.”
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Given the opportunity to flaunt his fluent Bulgarian and Russian, Kris thanked his fans in three languages. Despite his young age, Kostov firmly stands behind the message of his song: love is stronger than anything, it makes you a superhuman.
The Bulgarian representative showed impressive maturity and stage presence at the concert in the UK capital. See for yourself through our exclusive footage from the first live performance of “Beautiful Mess” below.
We are all looking forward to the apogee of all that knowledge and experience on the big stage in Kyiv.
While in the United Kingdom, the youngest ESC 2017 participant met a true Eurovision legend, Ruslana. “Kris found an excellent consultant on how to win Eurovision,” BNT flaunted on their Facebook page.
Kris is already in Tel Aviv and we can’t wait to hear more of his “Beautiful Mess”. What is your take on this multi-national, multi-lingual contestant? Let us know in the comments below!
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