Love and admiration know no political boundaries. And, when it comes to Eurovision 2017, Russian popstar Dima Bilan is making no secret of his admiration for Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov.
Speaking to the Russian website mr.ru, the Eurovision 2008 winner gushed profusely over Kristian’s “Beautiful Mess”:
It’s a stunner of a song, and the video clip is just surreal! It’s very modern – music, video, pitch – everything. Young people, black and white tones. Everything is done with so much style!
The “Believe” hitmaker is well used to heaping praise on the young singer having mentored him on The Voice Kids Russia.
He continues by elaborating on what makes Kristian such a special performer, and explaining why he could be a force to be reckoned with on the final scoreboard.
The most important thing is whether the performer can attract people and bring on the magic. There is magic in this boy. He looks like a knight of dark forces. He is fascinating and communicates unusually. It’s interesting how he will present himself on the Eurovision’s stage. For me Kristian has great chances, especially taking into an account that Bulgaria is in an untypical role of a favourite. It should mean something.”
The wide-ranging interview also touches on Dima’s own Eurovision experience — when he brought Russia its first ever win at the contest — as well as his time coaching on The Voice.
And Dima isn’t the only former Eurovision winner to big up the Bulgarian’s chaces. Ukrainian Eurovision 2004 victor Ruslana has also taken a liking to “Beautiful Mess”, naming it as one of her favourites.
Currently second in the overall odds to win this year’s contest behind runaway favourite Italy — Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess” speaks to a love that cannot be matched nor beaten.
It remains to be seen whether Dima’s belief in his pop protegee translates to actual votes. We will need to wait until the second semi final on Thursday May 11th to find out.
What do you think? Does Dima Bilan’s ringing endorsement spell success for Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov at Eurovision 2017? Let us know in the comments below.