Kseniya Simonova dazzled Europe with her mesmerizing sand art back in 2011 and recently made her Eurovision return as a snow artist for Moldova’s Anna Odobescu.
After finishing third in the final of the American version of Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year, Kesniya now has her sights on the British spin-off.
The opening episode on Saturday night saw the sand artist compete against acts such as Australia’s Nelson Twins and Britain’s Got Talent‘s first ever winner Paul Potts. A volunteer for children with cancer, Kseniya leveraged her experience to tell a moving story through her sand art.
The emotional narrative clearly moved the judges and she was awarded the first golden buzzer of the series, sending her through to the grand final. Explaining her decision to use the golden buzzer, judge Amanda Holden said:
The whole message was very uplifting and very emotional but for me, your quiet skill requires no language. We’re going across the world, nothing needed explaining. You did it all with just… sand! It was absolutely beautiful.
Had Simon Cowell received this week’s golden buzzer, he would’ve done the same thing and described Kseniya’s creativity and imagination as off-the-chart. “Your storytelling, your use of music, it’s so unique, so brilliant”.
Following the judges’ feedback, an emotional Kseniya replied:
Even now, in any hospital in the world, in Britain, or any country, a child who is watching this show will see it, and it’s about him or her, and if it helps them to recover, I’ll be a winner forever.
It was a sense of déjà vu for Kseniya as she also received the golden buzzer on the American version of Got Talent: The Champions. Joining her in the grand final are America’s father and daughter stunt duo Bello and Annaliese Nock, as voted by the studio audience of Got Talent superfans.
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