The Shortlist (7) Bulgaria

Who are the big favorites for Kiev? In the next couple of weeks we will highlight some interesting participants, based on the odds they have been given by the bookmakers. This week we are providing a shortlist of countries that lead the board in the second semi final. Today’s report is about Bulgaria.

Kristian Kostov

Kristian was a finalist in season one of the The Voice Kids Russia and runner-up in the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria. After these achievements, his career kicked off for real with his debut single “Ne si za men”. This single peaked at 13 in the Bulgarian charts.

Altogether one could argue that he has not achieved a great deal in the music scene. However do not forget that Kostov turned 17 years old only a few weeks (!) ago. He will be one of the youngest participants this year, and therefore it is difficult to estimate what we can expect from his performance. The only thing we know for sure is that after their big star Poli Genova, Bulgaria now sends one of its biggest talents.

“Beautiful Mess”

The Bulgarian song “Beautiful Mess” is a modern ballad with electronic influences. The song is modeled after plenty of recent radio songs. However besides the popular western instrumentation, traditional string instruments are also present in the song. Joacim Bo Persson is one of the composers of the song. He worked before with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Armin van Buren.

Explaining the odds

Bulgaria has a poor track record in qualifying for the Eurovision Grand Final. Still bookmakers are not cautious about their qualification chances this year. Odds for Bulgaria to qualify vary between 1.3 and sometimes even 1.1, meaning you have to bet at least 10€ on Bulgaria to qualify in order to get 1€ in return.

In the Grand Final, there is still some money left to gain. That is, if you dare to bet on a Bulgarian victory. In the winning market, Kristian Kostov’s odds are around 8 to 1, meaning you get only 8€ in return for every 1€ you bet on him winning the contest.