Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria’s representative in the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest has said that he would like to see Russia’s entrant, Yulia Samolova, participate in this year’s edition of the contest in an interview with TASS this week. In his interview with the Russian News Agency, Kristian said:
“I am not an ethnic Russian but I grew up in Russia and I would be very glad if Russians support me”.
Bulgaria’s participant, Kristian Kostov, is this year’s youngest competing artist at just 17 years old, he is the first singer to be born in the 21st century to compete at Eurovision. The young singer was born in Moscow to his Kazakh mother and Bulgarian father, growing up in Russia as a child. Speaking to TASS this week, Kristian went on to discuss the message behind his song and how it relates to the ongoing discussions around Russia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
“My song, called ‘Beautiful Mess’, is about the chaos ruling the world where every day something bad happens and we don’t know what to expect in the future. The only thing that helps people move forward is love, not only the love between two people but the love for the world that surrounds us. It is love that makes chaos beautiful and helps us to fight it”.
“I don’t like to discuss political issues because I think that the Eurovision Song Contest is a music event while music unites people, but this time we see the opposite thing. I hope things will settle down, the parties will come to terms and solve the problem. It would be a pity to lose such a contestant as Yulia, because I know her, she is a very bright person, she is an extremely kind soul and I would very much like to see her take part in the contest’s final. What is going on right now is terrible and unfair”.
Kristian will perform “Beautiful Mess” at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Bulgaria. Kristian Kostov is the first singer competing in this years competition to have commented on Yulia Samoilova’s ban publicly, in the past week a number of EBU officials and EBU member broadcasters have voiced their concerns and views on the decision.
Source: TASS World (Russia)
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At the 2016 contest in Stockholm Bulgaria had their best result to date. The country was represented by Poli Genova and the song “If Love Was A Crime”, finishing in 4th place in the final with 307 points. 2016 saw Bulgaria make only their second final in their Eurovision history, the first being in 2007 when Elitsa & Stoyan finished 5th with the song “Water”. Bulgaria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2005. The country competed annually from 2005 to 2013, before withdrawing for two years due to financial issues.