Kristian Kostov

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Kristian Kostov
Kristian Kostov2 Kyiv 2017.jpg
Kostov in 2017
Background information
Birth name Kristian Konstantinov Kostov
Born (2000-03-15) March 15, 2000 (age 18)
Moscow, Russia
Origin Bulgaria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
  • model
  • rapper
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 2014–present
Labels Virginia Records

Kristian Konstantinov Kostov (Bulgarian: Кристиан Константинов Костов, Russian: Кристиа́н Константи́нов Ко́стов; born 15 March 2000) is a Bulgarian-Russian singer.[1] He was a finalist in season one of The Voice Kids Russia and a runner-up in the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria.[2] He represented Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Beautiful Mess", finishing in 2nd place. In January 2018, Kostov won the EBBA Public Choice award.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kostov was born in Moscow to a Kazakh mother and Bulgarian father.[4] He has an older brother, Daniel, and a younger sister, Sofia.[5] As a child, he learned Bulgarian from his father, while his brother taught him English.

At the age of 5, Kostov began singing and playing the piano, because he was very shy and needed to open up a little. By that time he joined Moscow-based vocal group "Neposedi", which has also gathered Russian duet t.A.t.U for the first time.

In 2011, Kostov left Neposedi in order to concentrate on his solo career.

In 2012, Kostov represented Bulgaria in the junior version of New Wave, an international contest for young performers of popular music.

Career[edit]

2014–2016: The Voice Kids Russia & X Factor Bulgaria[edit]

Kostov in 2016

Kostov participated in the Russian version of The Voice, Golos. He was part of the first season of the kids version of the show where his mentor was Dima Bilan and Kostov got to the finals.[6] After his success in Russia, Kristian decided during his visit to Bulgaria to audition for X Factor Bulgaria as he is of Bulgarian origin.[7] He made it to the final of the show after he was on elimination with the group A.V.A. but was chosen by the judges to go to the final.[8] On the final of season 4, he performed solo the Lyube's song "Позови меня" and made a duet with Vasil Naydenov performing the song "Сбогом, Моя Любов". For the final song he chose Emil Dimitrov's song "Ако си Дал", but he finished in seсond place as Christiana Louizu won the show.[9]

2016–present: Virginia Records, debut single and Eurovision[edit]

Kostov during one of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

On 7 October 2016, his debut single "Ne si za men" was released by Virginia Records. The song was written by Venci Venc' and music and arrangement by Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler and Isaac Evans.[10] The song peaked to number 13 on the Bulgarian Singles Chart. He featured on Pavell & Venci Venc's single "Vdigam Level". The song was released on 25 November 2016, and peaked to number 13 on the Bulgarian Singles Chart. On 13 March 2017, it was announced that he would represent Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the song "Beautiful Mess".[11] He is the first singer at Eurovision to have been born in the 2000s decade. He finished second in the contest, which was a new best result for Bulgaria, following Poli Genova finishing in fourth place in the 2016 contest.

On 18 November 2017, he performed during the final of Miss World 2017 in Sanya, China. And on 17 January Kris won the Public Choice Award on EBBA.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BUL
[12]
AUT
[13]
FRA
[14]
NLD
[15]
SCO
[16]
SPA SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
"Ne si za men" / "You Got Me Girl"[19][20] 2016 13 Non-album singles
"Beautiful Mess" 2017 2 60 160 91 75 38 51 85
"Глубина"
"Ты Мой Огонь"
"The One (I Need You)" 2018
"Burning Bridges"[21]
(with Jowst)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BUL
[12]
"Ready to Fly"[22]
(MaxiGroove & Kristian Kostov)
2015 Non-album single
"Vdigam Level"[23]
(Pavell & Venci Venc' featuring Kristian Kostov)
2016 13 SeTaaBrat
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other collaborations[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CIS
[24]
"Mir bez voyny"[25]
(Deti Zemli featuring Open Kids, Respublika Kids, Sofia Tarasova, etc.)
2014 313 Non-album singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ He has a double citizenship: Russian and Bulgarian.
    Sources:
    1. "Украинский журналист Шарий напомнил СБУ о поездке фаворита "Евровидения" в Крым". Komsomolskaya pravda (in Russian). 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
    Quote: "17-летний участник «Евровидения» родился в Москве и учится в столице России, живет в Болгарии, имеет российское и болгарское гражданство."
    2. ""Евровидение"-2017: Пелагея переживает за свою армянку". Rambler News. 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
    Quote: "Я живу в России, но у меня двойное гражданство, поэтому представляю Болгарию, – сказал Костов Sobesednik.ru."
  2. ^ "Вижте и чуйте нашия 15-годишен Кристиян от Москва - голямата музикална сензация!". trud.bg. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kristian Kostov wins Public Choice Award at EBBAs". eurovision.tv. 18 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Mamsikashvili, Rezo (13 March 2017). "KRISTIAN KOSTOV WILL REPRESENT BULGARIA AT EUROVISION 2017 WITH "BEAUTIFUL MESS"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Участники детского "Голоса" готовятся к новым выступлениям". nnews.nnov.ru. 21 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Кои са финалистите в X Factor?". trud.bg. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Христиана Лоизу, Дарина Йотова и Кристиан Костов са финалистите в “Х Фактор”
  9. ^ НОВИЯТ X Factor на България е Християна Лоизу Archived 2016-01-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Младият музикален идол Кристиан Костов с дебютна песен
  11. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 March 2017). "Bulgaria is a 'Beautiful Mess' in 2017". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Kristian Kostov - Music Charts". acharts.co. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "austriancharts.at – Discographie Kristian Kostov". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "lescharts.com – Discographie Kristian Kostov". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Kristian Kostov". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100: 19 May 2017 – 25 May 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Discography Kristian Kostov". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "hitparade.ch – Discographie Kristian Kostov". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Не си за мен - Single by Kristian Kostov on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  20. ^ "You Got Me Girl - Single by Kristian Kostov on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  21. ^ "Burning Bridges - Single by Jowst & Kristian Kostov". iTunes. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  22. ^ "Ready to Fly - Single by MaxiGroove & Kristian Kostov on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  23. ^ "Вдигам Level (feat. Kristian Kostov) - Single by Pavell & Venci Venc' on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  24. ^ TopHit Weekly General chart
    "Mir bez voyny": "Дети земли - Мир без войны". Tophit. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
    The TopHit Weekly General chart's rankings are based on airplay on 230 radio stations in Russia, as well as 200 Russian-language radio stations all over the world (in Ukraine, the CIS countries, the Baltic states, Cyprus, Israel, Germany, the United States, and Canada).
  25. ^ "Дети всей Земли призывают к миру без войны". V Gorode (in Russian). 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
    ""Katapulta Creative Team", "Республика Kids" и "Open Art Studio" презентовали видео "Мир без войны"". Bagnet (in Russian). 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Poli Genova
with "If Love Was a Crime"
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Equinox
with "Bones"