A talented sand animation artist who won Ukraine’s Got Talent ten years ago wowed the judges and audience with an emotional performance on America’s Got Talent: The Champions on Monday night. 33-year-old Kseniya Simonova, from Ukraine, told the story of a young boy who grew up to be an artist and forgot about his parents through a series of incredible sand paintings. The mother-of-two, who won Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2009, said that growing up she had always loved drawing, but when she found sand, she described it as finding her ‘second hand’. ‘This is my very first time in America,’ Kseniya revealed in a promotional video ahead of her performance. ‘I’m here representing Ukraine, and I want to show that it is a beautiful artistic place,’ she added.
And as she stepped on stage on America’s Got Talent: The Champions on Monday night, Kseniya spoke about the story behind the sand art she would be doing. She said: ‘This is a story about a child who grew up and became a famous artist, and forgot his parents.’ ‘I wish that nobody forgets their parents,’ she added before beginning her performance. Kseniya began her highly anticipated sand art performance by first creating an animation of what looked like the universe. She then revealed a gorgeous illustration of a mother, before introducing a husband and baby to the picture.
The talented artist then illustrated the mother, father, and baby in a photograph, and added an illustration of the grown-up child as he looked at the photo of himself and his parents. She then created an image of the little boy as he grew up and became an artist. The performance then took an emotional turn when she created illustrations of the, now elderly, mother and father. Kseniya’s illustration then revealed that one of the boy’s parents had died, without him even realizing. The final scene shows the boy, now a fully-grown adult, mourning the loss of his parents.
To complete the series of artworks, Kseniya wrote a message in the sand, which read: ‘Don’t be late’. When her performance came to an end, Kseniya received a round of applause and a standing ovation from both audience and judging panel, which consists of Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. Speaking first, Simon said: ‘In my opinion, you are one of the best contestants we have had over the years around all the world. ‘Genuinely, to see it unfold in front of our eyes and your use of music and storytelling, it was fantastic,’ he added.
‘That was just incredible,’ Mel B said. ‘Everything that you do is just brilliant.’ Howie added: ‘I agree. It’s so emotional, what you do is beautiful, you are beautiful! Where else can you see sand art? ‘In my mind tonight, right here, right now, you are the champion. I really, truly believe that’ he added. The judges’ feedback was interrupted when the talent show’s host Terry Crews walked down to the judges’ table. When he arrived at the table, he said: ‘I have never been more impressed by the ability to move people the way you did today!’
Terry then slammed his hand on the golden buzzer, which automatically catapults Kseniya into the final round of the show. The mother-of-two was left open-mouthed in shock as the golden confetti fell onto the stage, and the audience cheered for her. Terry then ran back on stage and gave the sand artist a hug, as he said: ‘You deserved it.’ ‘I never thought my sand art would leave my small town,’ Kseniya, who is from a small city near the seaside in Ukraine, said in a preview video before she took to the stage on Monday night.
The 33-year-old added that her husband secretly signed her up for Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2009, and it was then that she realized that her art would take her further. Going on the talent show was Kseniya’s very first time performing on a stage. Describing her first performance, she said: ‘I put my heart on the stage that day.’ After she made her debut on the show, Kseniya went viral as her videos circulated the internet. ‘I couldn’t believe the reaction of my performances,’ she said. The mother-of-two revealed that winning the talent show completely changed her life, and she used her winnings to buy a new house for herself and her family. The final of the talent show is due to air on Monday, February 11 on NBC.+
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