Kristian Kostov will represent Bulgaria at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with “Beautiful Mess.”
Kostov is 17 years old, making him the first performer born in the 2000s to represent their country at Eurovision. When a singer who was born after we started our blog makes it to the Song Contest, we are going to feel really old.
Anyway, he was a finalist on Russia’s The Voice Kids, mentored by Dima Bilan, and runner up on the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria. His debut single “Ne si za men” peaked at number 13 on the Bulgarian charts.
“Beautiful Mess” was written by the team of Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, and Joacim Bo Persson, who were also responsible for Bulgaria’s previous entry “If Love Was a Crime.” They also wrote this year’s entry for Serbia, “In Too Deep.”
We’re struggling with “Beautiful Mess” a bit. It’s a solid contemporary pop ballad, ornately orchestrated with a cool ethnic string riff tying it together. And it is being sung by someone who is already an experienced performer despite barely being out of the larval stage. We are trying not to judge this song against “If Love Was a Crime,” although it’s hard not to given that it is by the same songwriting team for the same country. So if we’re not excited about by “Beautiful Mess,” it may just be because we are comparing it unfairly to one of our favorite Eurovision songs of all time.
As of this writing, Bulgaria is second in the betting odds behind Italy. Given the situation between the EBU, Russia, and Ukraine over Russia’s Eurovision entry, there would be something fitting about a song called “Beautiful Mess” winning Eurovision.