According to Bulgarian website blife.bg, Kristian Kostov has submitted a song for Bulgaria to consider sending to Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon this May. Although Virginia Records have stated they’d like to send someone else, it’s understandable that Kristian wants to have another try, especially after narrowly missing out on the Top Spot in Kyiv… but is that really a good idea?
Let’s face it, returning to Eurovision may sound like a fantastic thing to do, and from the point of fans keen to hear their idols try again, it seems like a no brainer. But returning to Eurovision doesn’t always have a happy ending. In fact, it’s often the exact opposite… take a look below at this list:
| Returning artists who bettered, or equalled their original placing in the contest
|Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Vicky Leandros, Dima Bilan, Donny Montell, Elena Paparizou, Poli Genova, SunStroke Project, Karolina Gočeva, Mia Martini, Elisabeth Andreassen*, Chiara* Valentina Monetta*|
And then compare it to this list…
|Returning artists who placed lower than their original placing in the contest|
|Dana International, Niamh Kavanagh, Zdob și Zdub, Greta Salome, Jedward, Lena Meyer-Landrut, Željko Joksimović, Selma, Domenico Modugno, Kaliopi, Paula Seling and Ovi, Anne-Marie David, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov, Isabelle Aubret, Massimo Ranieri, Koit Toome, Omar Naber, Deen, Edsilia Rombley, Gigliola Cinquetti, Claudio Villa, Sakis Rouvas, Ira Losco, Cliff Richard, Elnur Hüseynov, Feminnem, Lys Assia, Charlotte Perrelli, Chiara*, Elisabeth Andreassen* Valentina Monetta*…|
And we’re sure that’s far from all of them… you see where we’re going with this… the majority of Eurovision singers who return to the contest end up lower on the scoreboard than they did the first time around. Some, (marked with *) have managed to both improve on their placing, but also do slip down the scoreboard in multiple attempts.
Since their return to the contest in 2016, Bulgaria have proved that they have got what it takes to succeed in Eurovision. After almost a decade of fumbling around in the semi finals and only managing to qualify once, their return saw them storm the scoreboard and come 4th, followed closely by their first ever placing in the Top 3.
They are clearly on a roll and many of us here at Eurovision Ireland suspect Bulgaria could feasibly win Eurovision in the near future. Let us be clear, we are in no way saying Kristian shouldn’t try to represent Bulgaria again and should he return to the contest, we’d be thrilled to see him. All we are suggesting is that surely following a formula that has (largely) proved unsuccessful would be a bad idea?
What do you think? Would you like to see Kristian Kostov return for Eurovision? Can Bulgaria keep their Eurovision momentum going for 2018?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan