At this stage, Italy is the clear favourite to win Eurovision 2017, but Bulgaria will be breathing down their necks.
This is a nation that’s only participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2005, skipping the 2014 and 2015 editions.
In all but two years, they’ve not progressed to the Grand Final. In those two years (2007 and 2016), however, they’ve finished top five.
So they know what it takes. And 17 year old Russian born performer Kristian Kostov is the man for the job.
As a former reality show contestant (twice), he’s been here before, albeit not on quite the same scale as Eurovision.
His music video has far fewer views than the Italian’s (20% of them, but in half the time). And Francesco Gabbani’s performance clip, which dropped on February 13, has more than 6.5 million views.
So tough ask, yes. But 2017 could be the Bulgarians’ strongest finish in Eurovision history.
Really interesting song, gorgeous video clip in every way, shape and form. Dix points.