THE NETHERLANDS – The winners of the 2018 European Border Breakers Awards (the ‘EBBA’), the European music awards for emerging artists, were honoured this evening at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Dutch city of Groningen.
Kristian Kostov came out as the big winner of the evening, taking away the ‘Public Choice Award’ after an overwhelming number of online voters chose him.
Kostov, known for the hits Beautiful Mess and The One (I Need You), has been singing since the age of 6, first in the group Neposedy, and after 2011 as a solo artist. He finished as runner-up in X Factor Bulgaria, the country which he represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. His voice earned him comparisons to singers like James Arthur, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. Kristian Kostov takes over from last year’s winner Dua Lipa.
The EBBA show also featured outstanding performances by the following EBBA 2018 winners: Alice Merton, Alma, Blanche, Kristian Kostov, Off Bloom, Sigrid, Skott and Youngr. Salvador Sobral couldn’t attend the show due to his health condition, therefore his manager accepted the award on his behalf.
Over the coming year the EBBA TV show will be broadcast by several European public channels. Highlights of the show can be watched through the EBBA’s Youtube channel.
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THE NETHERLANDS – Europe’s biggest breakout artists are being celebrated at our European Border Breakers Awards tonight in Groningen. They include Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov who, following his 2nd place at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has had airplay on EBU Member stations across Europe. All thanks to public service media!
The opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival (ESNS) will see presentations to the most successful European acts of the moment. The awards show will be broadcast by over 20 EBU Members and streamed live at 19:00 CET on the EBBA website.
It will include performances from Alice Merton, Alma, Off Bloom, Sigrid, Skott, Youngr and 2017 Eurovision Song Contest participants from Belgium and Bulgaria, Blanche and Kristian Kostov among others.
BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster made a statement today explaining some things. First of all they denied the information spread by local press that Kristian Kostov is the artist for Lisbon. After all BNT says that the artist is a former Eurovision participant but not Bulgarian!
Bulgarian broadcaster also established four focus groups to evaluate the 13 projects. The first group is made of music professionals, producers, TV experts, marketing managers. The second group is made of journalists, Press members, betting experts. The third group is the Bulgarian jury and the fourth group is the popular group – a mix between casual viewers and devoted fans in a proportion representing approximately the viewing structure of Eurovision Song Contest.
The groups will evaluate the song independently and the following conditions should apply in their voting: First, how to win the overall focus groups voting with the weight coefficients of each focus group taken into a consideration. Second, how to perform consistently within all, or the majority of the focus groups and third how to reach a certain value on average without the weight coefficients being taken into a consideration. That means unlike in step 1, here all the votes will be equal.
BNT, the Bulgarian national broadcaster, has revealed that they have received more than 250 applications in the last 24 hours for their fan focus group.
BNT REPORTS / BULGARIA – Bulgaria is set to participate at Eurovision 2018. BNT has already confirmed all the relevant details to the EBU and everything is ready to start the search of our new representative. Before we go to sunny Lisbon, though, we should do our homework first. Therefore, let us tell you more about our approach this year.
Quite similarly to our selection for Eurovision 2017, now we will be looking for comprehensive solutions. The successful project for Eurovision is a delicate mixture of а very good performer, interesting voice, the right song and an attractive visual presentation. Sounds way easier than it is in the reality.
“Once again we are looking for a charismatic artist, captivating song and effective stage concepts. We would like to be working together with the best professionals, so that we prove once again that Bulgaria is worthy part of the music landscape in Europe. With this kind of approach we had very good achievements in the last two years – the second place by Kristian Kostov and the fourth one by Poli Genova“, said the Bulgarian Head of Delegation Joana Levieva-Sawyer.
Submissions due on December 20th
BULGARIA – One of the most prestigious music awards, Russian Music Box for Teenage Project of the Year, received by Kristian Kostov, the runner up and favourite of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest from Bulgaria. The artist received the award and also performed at the event. But that was not only that. Kristian Kostov would have Yulia Samoilova as his fellow competitor from Russia if the Ukrainian mess didn’t happen. But the two artists met and hugged.
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BULGARIA – Konstantin Kamenarov has been elected the new director-general of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) taking the office from his predecessor, Vyara Ankova. He won the vote of the Electronic Media Council (CEM) members on pledges to update BNT’s program repertoire and to work for the development of new current affairs and news programs which, as he says, are the media’s backbone.
During his inaugural speech he mentions budget cuts and we all remember that Bulgaria withdrew in 2014 and 2015 due to them. In any case BNT has managed to monitor the budget for Eurovision. After all in 2017 they mentioned themselves on Twitter that their Kostov venture cost 100,000 Euros including the EBU fee.
It was said by BNT (actually with great surprise they were not consolidated before) that after the election the new Director General they will decide not only for senior but also for Junior Eurovision, in both of which contests Bulgaria recently triumphs ranking well enough.
We still don’t know what MR Kamenarov will decide upon Eurovision Song Contest (although we somehow have the feeling that he will approve his country’s participation, although I don’t think they could manage to go to Tbilisi). We will definitely hear from Bulgaria very soon regarding the senior and Junior Eurovision Song Contest editions.
BULGARIA – Few days ago the European Broadcasting Union announced the venue change, the new voting format and the 16 participating countries. In the line up you all saw that Bulgaria was missing. Why such a successful country in the contest and senior Eurovision is missing out?
The answer is that Bulgaria is pending their answer to EBU and GPB due to the election of the new Director General which will take place late this August. Then the new BNT board will decide its participation or not to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Somehow we have the feeling that the country will participate in the contest and the participants list will rise to 17 countries.