Kristian Kostov started his musical journey at the age of 6. After going solo when he was 11 years old, he took part in many competitions, but the first big boost for Kristian’s career was his 2014 appearance on Russia’s The Voice Kids, where he was mentored by former Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan.
Kristian represented Bulgaria at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song Beautiful Mess. He participated in the second Semi-Final, finishing in first place before going on to finish second in the Grand Final, Bulgaria's best ever placing in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kristian received a hero's welcome when he returned home to Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, following the Eurovision Grand Final. His entry, Beautiful Mess, became the most played song in the Bulgarian TV and radio airplay charts for 2017. Kristian is now collaborating with fellow successful 2017 Eurovision act, Jowst from Norway, with the song to be released this spring.
Kristian took to Twitter to express his thanks after he won the Public Choice Award at the EBBAs:
European Border Breakers Awards, now in its 15th year, is an EU prize, set up in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union and the European Commission, supported by Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the province of Groningen, the city of Groningen and MartiniPlaza.