Andonov was born on 28 August 1994 in Melbourne, Australia, from Macedonian parents originating from Strumica, Macedonia. He has performed since the age of six, when he started dancing and singing in his hometown of Melbourne. At the age of nine, he starred as Danny Zuko in a junior production of Grease the musical. He was then selected to be one of four young Simbas in a production of The Lion King in Melbourne and Shanghai, China. During his early career, he has also met Josette Amparo, a friend whom he has encounteredwhen he was still performing in theatrical plays, and he dated her since, up until today.
Talent shows (2008-2010)
At the age of 14, Andonov represented Macedonia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Cyprus. Out of 15 countries, he came in fifth with his song "Prati Mi SMS", which led to a European tour around the Balkans. In 2010, at the age of 16, Andonov entered for Australia's Got Talent. His audition reached over 15 million views. He was a grand finalist on the show, performing covers of songs including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Kanye West's "Heartless".. In 2010, record producer and music critic Molly Meldrum flew Andonov to Sydney to meet R&B singer Usher.
Known as BOBI, in early 2014, he wrote two songs for the Australian feature film The Dream Children, directed by Robert Chuter. He also worked on Afrojack’s 2014 debut album Forget the World, co-writing the track "Born to Run", which features Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees on vocals. BOBI co-wrote and provided vocals on Australian DJ Joel Fletcher's 2015 single "State Of Emergency", and co-wrote and co-produced the 2015 single "Stone", recorded by The X Factor Australia winner Cyrus Villanueva.
Production and writing credits
|Year||Artist||Album||Song||Credit||Peak chart positions|
|2014||Afrojack feat. Tyler Glenn||Forget the World||"Born to Run"||Co-writer||-|
|2015||Joel Fletcher||"State of Emergency"||Co-writer, vocals||-|
|Cyrus Villanueva||Cyrus||"Stone"||Co-writer, co-producer||4|
|2016||Cole Plante feat. BOBI||"Teardrops"||Co-writer, vocals||-|
- Jonathon Moran and Elle Halliwell, "Australia's Got Talent star Bobby Andonov has secret past life," The Daily Telegraph, May 16, 2010.
- David Knox, "Bobby Andonov at Junior Eurovision," TV Tonight, May 16, 2010.
- Colin Vickery, "Talent changes Bobby's future," Herald Sun, June 8, 2010.
- "Joel Fletcher and his musician mates bouncing Australian dance music around the world," News.com.au, January 28, 2015.
- David Watt, "Cyrus Wins 'X Factor' Australia and Celebrates By Dropping New Single," Noise, 2015.
- Mike Wass, "Cyrus Wins 'X Factor' Australia, Drops 'Stone' Cold Smash," Idolator, November 25, 2015.
- Peak positions in Australia:
- For all except noted: Hung, Steffen. "Discography Cyrus Villanueva". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 9 December 2015.
- For "Hold Back the River": Ryan, Gavin (24 October 2015). "ARIA Singles: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 'Downtown' Still No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- For "Rumour Has It": "australian-charts.com - ARIA Chartifacts 9-November-2015". Gavin Ryan (bulion) on Hung Medien. 8 November 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- For "Knockin' on Heaven's Door": Ryan, Gavin (14 November 2015). "ARIA Singles: Adele 'Hello' Spends Third Week at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- For "In the Air Tonight": Ryan, Gavin (28 November 2015). "ARIA Singles: 'Hello' Is No 1 Again". Noise11. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- For "Jealous": Ryan, Gavin (5 December 2015). "ARIA Singles: Adele 'Hello' Spends Sixth Week at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 5 December 2015.