He recorded his debut single “You Got Me Girl” in Bulgarian, English and Russian.
And on Saturday evening Kristian Kostov expanded his multi-national audience even further by performing the song live during the final of the Miss World 2017 beauty pageant in Sanya, China.
“Thank you for this opportunity!” the 17-year-old wrote on Instagram after the competition. “Literally the most beautiful show I’ve ever taken part in.”
Showing just how much he’s grown in confidence since Eurovision, Kristian filled the pink and purple stage with major swagger and flair. “Hello Miss World 2017,” he said with his back to the audience. “Let’s have some fun tonight.”
Sporting an acid-blonde bob, he stayed true to his Eurovision styling by wearing an experimental, all-black number consisting of skinny trousers and a billowing, amorphous top.
The song’s theme — longing for that beautiful lady who has cast a spell on you — seemed perfect for a pageant that featured 118 of the world’s most beautiful women, from countries including Mexico, France, Kenya and Vietnam.
“I’m going out, working out, thinking, ‘Don’t you?'” he sings. “I’m running ’round, hanging ’round thinking, ‘Don’t you want me now?'”
Kristian has clearly enjoyed his time in China, having posted a series of spirited snaps that showed him voguing in front of a pink convertible, admiring beautiful costal scenery from his luxury hotel suite and taking in some sun while relaxing beneath palm trees.
Miss India Manushi Chhillar won the title, becoming the sixth woman from her country to do so. She follows in the footsteps of Priyanka Chopra — the Bollywood star who is one of our top picks to sing at Eurovision Asia next year — who won India’s last title 17 years ago.
According to her official bio on the Miss World web site, Manushi plans to pursue a career in medicine — first becoming a heart surgeon before opening a series of non-profit hospitals in remote areas of the country.
A woman of many talents, she is also a classically trained dancer with keen interests in scuba diving and snorkelling.
Did you love watching Kristian sing in front of the queens? And do you prefer the English, Bulgarian or Russian version of his song? Let us know in the comments box below.
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