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: Sand Artist Gets Terry Crews' GOLDEN BUZZER - America's Got Talent: The ChampionsKseniya Simonova told an emotional story through the art of sand, and earned the Golden Buzzer from Terry Crews!
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ABOUT AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS
The "Got Talent" format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide. "Got Talent" holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The series, from NBC, Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - Executive Producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as Host Terry Crews, co-star of NBC’s "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
Kseniya Simonova: Sand Artist Gets Terry Crews' GOLDEN BUZZER - America's Got Talent: The Champions
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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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