Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria’s most successful Eurovision entrant, took home four awards at the BG Radio Awards last night in Blagoevgrad. The event, which celebrated its 15th edition this year, is run by radio station BG Radio and aims to promote Bulgarian language music.
Kristian Kostov won four awards at last night’s awards: Male Singer of the Year, Bulgarian Debut, Bulgarian Ambassador and Bulgarian Song of the Year (with Pavell & Venci Venc’ for the song “Vdigam Level”). He was also nominated for Bulgarian Video of the Year.
Kristian was not the only former Bulgarian Eurovision entrant to win an award last night. Poli Genova, who represented Bulgaria in 2011 and 2016 and hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, picked up the award for Female Singer of the Year.
Ever since returning from his second place finish in the Eurovision Song Contest, Kristian Kostov has been working hard on his future in the music industry. In an interview with the Russian edition of Hello!, the Moscow-born singer explained that he is keen on retaining his fanbase in his country of birth.
“Russia is a large market and I certainly would not want to lose it. So now I’m working on new material, including some in Russian. I will say this. My aspiration is as follows: 50 percent for the whole world, 50 per cent — separately — for Russia.”
Kristian also talked about his future studies in music, explaining that he went through the audition process for the prestigious Berklee College of Music in November. The school is located in Boston but his audition took place in Germany, where Kristian travelled along with his brother Dani.
Kristian tells the Russian magazine that he completed all stages of the audition and has been accepted into the school. But, as with most private institutions in the United States, it’s very expensive: full-time undergraduates paid $40,082 per year in 2015-2016. He doesn’t want his family to pay for it, so has postponed his studies until 2018.
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At the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, 17-year-old Kristian Kostov finished in second place in the Grand Final, bringing Bulgaria their best ever result. 2017 saw Bulgaria make only their third 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.