The 17 year-old Bulgarian Kristian Kostov won second place in the Eurovision song contest – the best result Bulgaria has achieved so far. Kostov’s song Beautiful Mess” brought him second place after the final contest, held in the Ukrainian capital late on Saturday.

Speaking after the final, Kostov thanked Bulgaria and his fans, who have firmly stood behind him, admitting that he was expecting to win. The Bulgarian singer also said that he had done his best with the song.

Media representatives from across the world voted and recognized Bulgaria as having the best special effects and best stage performance in this year’s Eurovision contest.