Kristian Kostov will remain eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, after reports emerged of a visit to Crimea.
The Ukrainian Security Services have confirmed that Kristian Kostov did not breach Ukrainian law by visiting Crimea in June of 2014. Reports emerged this morning ahead of this evening’s second semi-final that Kristian Kostov this years Bulgarian singer had visited Crimea in June of 2014 as part of the Voice Kids Russia.
A spokesperson for the Border Service of Ukraine has explained that:
- By the time that Kristian Kostov had entered Ukraine the SBU and Border Service were unaware of the Bulgarian singer visiting Crimea.
- When Kristian visited Crimea he was 14 years old and as a minor he could not make decisions by himself, the decision was taken by an accompanying adult.
- The law that saw Yulia Samoilova banned from this years contest did not come into force until late 2014, as a result he did not break the law.
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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.