Kristian Kostov will participate in Singer 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 runner-up will now compete in China's top singing competition

Kristian Kostov, the Bulgarian runner-up at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will participate in Singer 2019, the latest series of the Chinese reality talent competition. He announced his participation on his Instagram account.

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so now you know…✨ #singer2019

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International contestants have competed before with success

The competition, whilst based in China for a local audience, does have a history of inviting prominent international pop stars. The runner-up in 2016 was the Kazakh participant Dimash Kudaibergen whilst British pop star Jessie J won the competition in 2018 and had viral success with some of her performances. 

Jessie J herself called the competition “an amazing learning experience” as well as “really magical” as she won the show in front of a viewing audience of 1 billion with 48% of the vote in the final.

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Last year I was asked to compete in a singing competition in China. Performing alongside the biggest established singers / artists across Asia. I was the first international artist to ever be asked / compete. An honour alone. I know a lot of people were shocked when they found out. Like why would I compete in a singing competition… I’m probably the least competitive person I know. I said yes because I LOVE to do the unexpected and I LOVE to represent the UK and singing everywhere I go. I LOVE to sing. But also it was an opportunity to bridge a gap between two cultures. For them to see a western performer and hear music some had never heard before and visa versa. For the performances to be seen by millions outside of China and visa versa. And those people to discover the show was the best part. The respect being shown for both cultures and the love was ❤️ Seeing the boundaries break down and the rules be shifted made this whole experience incredible. China is an amazing place and so different to anywhere I have ever been. I have never been made to feel more welcomed and loved as I have done here. My team and I have been in China for 3.5 months. It’s been an amazing learning experience for all of us! We worked hard! THANK YOU! I love you all! 💫 I won the show last night. But what we all won was the beginning of something really magical. I am so happy I got to play a part. Here is to me being the first but not the last international artist to be on SINGER. And for the boundaries to continue to be broken. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! I still cant believe I came 1st! 🏆 Last night a billion people watched the show | MAD ✨😭🙏🏻🌹❤️

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Kostov has experience in China

Hunan Television have confirmed that the line-up for the qualification rounds will be: 

  • Liu Huan – Singer of Beijing Olympics 2008; Former Panel Judge of “The Voice of China”
  • Yang Kun – Former Panel Judge of “The Voice of China”
  • Chyi Yu – Legendary Singer-Songwriter from Taiwan
  • Escape Plan – One of The Most Influential Chinese Indie Rock Bands in the 2000s
  • Wu Tsing-Fong – Lead Vocalist of One of The Taiwan’s Hottest Indie Bands – “Sodagreen
  • Zhang Xin – Runner-Up of CCTV’s National Talent Show in 2007
  • Kristian Kostov – Runner-Up of Eurovision Song Contest 2017

In addition to these 7 names, each week the competitors will be joined by a wild-card challenger who will compete to remain in the competition alongside these original 7 acts. Each round will see three stages of the competition: Qualifying, Knockout and Challenge. In last year’s series, four acts remained for the two-round final. There has been no confirmation on the format for the 2019 series yet. 

Kostov has previously performed “You Got Me Girl” in China as a special guest act at the Miss World Final in 2017

“Beautiful Mess” received 615 points at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with Kristian Kostov giving Bulgaria their best result in its history in the competition. 

According to MIXOLOq, Singer 2019 will begin on 11 Jan 2019 at 22:00 CST.

Will you be watching Singer 2019? How do you think Kristian Kostov will do in the competition? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!


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