Of the 240 points theoretically possible, Alexander Petrov scored 211 points, thanks in particular to his victories in the preliminary talk, in writing, in his personal-project presentation and in the model competition.
This year’s winner has a more “intellectual” profile than most of his predecessors or opponents from July 6. Professionally, Alexander develops games in Bulgaria. He has a degree in Economics but is also interested in philosophy, psychology, medicine, international politics and the beginnings of modern art. As we can see, beauty and brain do come together sometimes.
The blue-eyed tall blonde (1.83 m) man is self-confident and eloquent today – but that has not always been the case. In his very touching life story, Alexander describes how much he had to fight against others and against himself in order to find his place in society. His family was poor. He himself was a fat, introverted and complicated child, mocked by the other children as an “ugly duckling.” Today Alexander wants to pass on the same message to young gays that a reality TV candidate, Preston Lee, had given him a decade earlier: That we can accept ourselves perfectly for what we are, especially when we are gay and introverted.
26-year-old Matthias de Roover from Belgium and 30-year-old Marcel Danner from Germany, runner-up and third place, reached the podium as well. The audience award went to Marcel Danner, and the Portuguese candidate Mauro Melim, (32) was honored by his fellow contestants as the nicest participant.
Seven participants were registered for this year, but the Italian candidate Salvatore Carfora was not present at the end of the election. Before, during and after the 2019 elections, there were no press releases this year, contrary to the usual practice of the organizers. Is the very small and inconspicuous election this year just a coincidence or have the organizers reduced their ambitions? We have not found any information about that.