Kristian Kostov

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Kostov 2017
Background information
Birth nameKristian Konstantinov Kostov
Born (2000-03-15) March 15, 2000 (age 19)
Moscow, Russia
Origin Russia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
  • model
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2014–present
LabelsVirginia Records Universal Music

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] In January 2019, Kostov was one of seven first batch singers who would be performing in the seventh season of Hunan Television's singing reality-competition Singer (previously I Am a Singer). [4] [5] [6]

Bulgarian language South Slavic language

Bulgarian, is a South Slavic language spoken in Southeastern Europe, primarily in Bulgaria. It is the language of Bulgarians.

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although nearly three decades have passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia.

X Factor is the Bulgarian version of The X Factor, a show originating from the United Kingdom. It is a television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions. The show's inaugural season aired in 2011 on Nova Television.


Personal life

Kostov was born in Moscow to a Kazakh mother and a Bulgarian father. [7] He has an older brother, Daniel, and a younger sister, Sofia. [8] As a child, he learned Bulgarian from his father, while his brother taught him English.

Kazakhs Turkic people of Eastern Europe and the northern parts of Central Asia

The Kazakhs are a Turkic ethnic group who mainly inhabit the Ural Mountains and northern parts of Central Asia, the region also known as the Eurasian sub-continent. Kazakh identity is of medieval origin and was strongly shaped by the foundation of the Kazakh Khanate between 1456 and 1465, when several tribes under the rule of the sultans Zhanibek and Kerey departed from the Khanate of Abu'l-Khayr Khan.

Bulgarians are a nation and South Slavic ethnic group native to Bulgaria and its immediate region.

At the age of five, 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. Around the same time, he was struggling with muscular dystrophy, which he revealed in a YouTube video in 2017.

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.

On 5 May 2019, Kostov witnessed the accident involving Aeroflot Flight 1492 at Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. [9]

Aeroflot Flight 1492 Aviation accident in Moscow on 5 May 2019

Aeroflot Flight 1492 was a scheduled passenger flight from Moscow–Sheremetyevo to Murmansk, Russia. On 5 May 2019, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft operating the flight was climbing out when it was struck by lightning. The aircraft suffered an electrical failure and returned to Sheremetyevo for an emergency landing. It bounced on landing and touched down hard, causing the landing gear to collapse, fuel to spill out of the wings and a fire to erupt. The fire engulfed the rear of the aircraft, and 41 of the 78 occupants were not able to evacuate and died.

Sheremetyevo International Airport international airport serving Moscow, Russia

Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport is one of four international airports that serves the city of Moscow, and is the busiest airport in Russia. Originally built as a military airbase, Sheremetyevo was converted into a civilian airport in 1959, and in a 2019 contest, was named after Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

Moscow Capital of Russia

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and approximately 20 million within the metropolitan area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.


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

Kostov in 2016 Kristian Kostov at Bitva Talantov (2).jpg
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 Bilan chose Kostov to advance to the finals. [10] After his success in Russia, Kristian decided during his visit to Bulgaria to audition for the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria as he is of Bulgarian origin. [11] Kostov was selected as one of the three "boys" category (mentored by Sanya Armutlieva) contestants who would advance to the live shows, and eventually became one of the finalists after avoided elimination during the semi-finals where the judges (except for Lucy Diakovska) chose to save him instead of the group A.V.A. [12] During the finals, he performed solo the Lyube's song "Позови меня", made a duet with Vasil Naydenov performing the song "Сбогом, Моя Любов", and Emil Dimitrov's song "Ако си Дал" as his winning song on the second night. When the final results was revealed, it was announced that Christiana Louizu won the series while Kostov settled for the runner-up. [13]

The first season of the TV show The Voice Kids was broadcast on Channel One from February 28 to April 25, 2014. Alisa Kozhikina was announced the winner on April 25, 2014, marking Maxim Fadeev's first win as a coach.

Dima Bilan Russian singer, record producer, songwriter, model and actor

Dima Bilan is a Russian actor and singer-songwriter. Bilan represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Never Let You Go", finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008 in Belgrade, with the song "Believe". He has had several Russian number one hit records. He is sometimes referred to as "Russia's Iglesias" due to his similarity to the Spanish singer.

Lyube is a Russian rock band from Lyubertsy, a city in Moscow Oblast. Lyube's music is a mixture of several genres, with influences from both Russian folk music, rock, Russian chanson, and Soviet military songs. The band was founded in 1989, and since then have released sixteen albums. Lyube's producer and main songwriter is Igor Matviyenko.

2016–2018: Virginia Records, debut single and Eurovision

Kostov during one of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria). Photo 366.jpg
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. [14] 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". [15] 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, since the 2016 contest, where Poli Genova finished 4th.

"Ne si za men" is a song performed by Bulgarian-Russian singer Kristian Kostov. The song was released in Bulgaria as a digital download single on 7 October 2016 through the Bulgarian label Virginia Records. On 13 January 2017, he released an English version of the song called "You Got Me Girl".

Ray "Madman" Hedges is an English songwriter and record producer from Surrey, England who has had over 60 top 20 singles and albums including seven UK number-ones as producer and or writer with many on his own record labels.

"Vdigam Level" is a single released by Bulgarian hip-hop duo Pavell & Venci Venc' from their debut album SeTaaBrat. It features vocals from Bulgarian-Russian singer Kristian Kostov. The song was released in Bulgaria as a digital download on 25 November 2016 through Virginia Records.

On 18 November 2017, he performed during the final of Miss World 2017 in Sanya, China. Later on 17 January, Kostov won an EBBA Award, which is an award for young artist in Europe with most success out of their own country. He also won the Public's Choice Award.

2019-present: Singer 2019

On 4 January 2019 (episode airing on 11 January 2019), the seventh season of China's long-running singing competition Singer (which was also called I Am a Singer before 2017) began taping, and Kostov was revealed as the last of the seven first-round performers competing this season, which cast also consist of veteran Chinese singers Liu Huan, Chyi Yu, Yang Kun, Wu Tsing-fong (of the band Sodagreen), Zhang Xin, and Escape Plan; all seven singers carries an exemption of participating in the Breakouts and will automatically qualify for the finals if they survived elimination for the entire 11 weeks of performances. At age 18 at the time of the taping, Kostov was also the youngest contestant in Singer 's history, and the first ever contestant born in the 21 century. [4] [5] [16] Kostov was eliminated from the competition on week six (2nd Challenge Round), but was however eligible to participate in the Breakout round (due to be held after the 4th Knockout Round, on March 29), to reinstate him from the competition and compete in the finals.


Extended plays

Shower Thoughts
  • Released: 10 August 2018
  • Label: Symphonix
  • Formats: digital download
Prologue [17]
  • Released: 15 March 2019
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: digital download


As lead artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Ne si za men" / "You Got Me Girl" [24] [25] 2016Non-album singles
"Beautiful Mess"20176016091755185
"Глубина" (Depth)
"Ты Мой Огонь" (You Are My Fire)
"The One (I Need You)"2018
"Burning Bridges" [26]
(with Jowst)
"Get It"Shower Thoughts
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.
"Ready to Fly" [27]
(MaxiGroove & Kristian Kostov)
2015Non-album single
"Vdigam Level" [28]
(Pavell & Venci Venc' featuring Kristian Kostov)
"Live It Up"
(B-OK featuring Roxie and Kristian Kostov)
2019Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other collaborations

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Mir bez voyny" [30]
(Deti Zemli featuring Open Kids, Respublika Kids, Sofia Tarasova, etc.)
2014313Non-album singles

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  1. He has a double citizenship: Russian and Bulgarian.
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Preceded by
Poli Genova
with "If Love Was a Crime"
Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Bones"