Kseniya Simonova dazzled Europe with her mesmerizing sand art back in 2011. Now, the world’s most famous sand artist is representing her country once again, this time on a new continent.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions, the spinoff series of Simon Cowell’s global Got Talent franchise featuring winners, finalists, and popular acts from Got Talent seasons all over the world, is in full swing. And recently, in the show’s final audition episode, Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009 winner Kseniya Simonova wowed the judges with her sand artistry.
Eurovision fans will remember Kseniya from her performance on stage at Eurovision 2011 alongside singer Mika Newton. Newton’s performance of the song “Angel” paired with Simonova’s artistic sand accompaniment earned Ukraine an impressive fourth place in the Grand Final.
Kseniya Simonova, now a mother of two, made her first ever visit to the United States to compete in the final audition episode of AGT: The Champions with a sand animation telling the tale of a child who grew up, became a famous artist, and forgot his parents. The emotional story and stunning artistry took the judges’ breath away.
Simon Cowell, the show’s creator as well as one of the judges notorious for being an especially harsh critic, addressed Kseniya following her performance, stating, “In my opinion you are one of the best contestants we’ve had over the years around all the world. It was fantastic.”
Terry Crews, the American actor who hosts the show, was especially moved by Simonova. He told her, “I have never been more impressed by the ability to move people the way you did today”, before awarding her the show’s final remaining golden buzzer, meaning that she will qualify directly to the finals.
Kseniya Simonova became one of the last competitors to qualify for the finals and will join other Got Talent legends including Susan Boyle, Deadly Games, Shin Lim, and Preacher Lawson. The competition is fierce, but Kseniya is taking the challenge as another opportunity to represent her country on a global stage.
“I feel I’m here representing Ukraine and I want to show that it’s a beautiful, artistic place.” -Kseniya Simonova
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