Kristian Kostov took Bulgaria to a second place finish in Eurovision 2017. Now, local media rumours suggest that he could be making a comeback for 2018.
According to reports, Kostov is one artist amongst the shortlisted thirteen in the running to represent Bulgaria in Lisbon. Last week, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT revealed the names of the thirteen songs on the shortlist. Whilst the names of the artists have not been revealed we know that three international artists are involved in the selection and two of the Bulgarian artists involved have previously represented their country in Eurovision.
One of these two is returning as part of a group whilst the other is a main vocalist. The latest rumours suggest that Kostov may be one of these returning artists.
Also rumoured to be on the list is Dara, who shares a label (Virginia Records) with Kristian Kostov. Dara rose to fame in Bulgaria after reaching the final of The X Factor in 2015.
BNT recently announced that they are looking for Eurovision fans to help select which of the 13 songs should represent Bulgaria in Eurovision 2018. Fans have until Sunday 7th January to explain why they should be chosen to be on the panel via Twitter.
In 2017, Kristian Kostov came second in the Eurovision Grand Final to Portugal’s Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dios. This was the best result for Bulgaria in the contest since their debut in 2005.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.