Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation (Україна має талант / Ukraine’s Got Talent)

From Wikipedia:

Kseniya Simonova (born 1985 as Ксения Симонова) is a sand animator from Ukraine. She started drawing with sand after her business collapsed due to the early 21st century credit crunch and had been drawing for less than a year when she entered Ukraine’s Got Talent.[1] She became the 2009 winner of that show,[2] constructing an animation that portrayed life during the USSR’s Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II.

Simonova won 1,000,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia (approx. USD125,000) for her first place in the show.[3] This YouTube video of the performance has received more than 10 million hits.[4] 


  1. ^ Monkey, Mr. (2009-10-23). “Kseniya Simonova’s Sand Animations“. MonkeyLog.com. http://www.monkeylog.com/2009/10/23/kseniya-simonovas-sand-animations/. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ Donaghy, James (2009-08-13). “Ukrainian sand artist proves that reality TV’s got talent“. Guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2009/aug/13/ukranian-sand-artist. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ Freedman, Jamie (2009-08-11). “Kseniya Simonova: sand animator wins “Ukraine’s Got Talent”“. San Francisco, California: San Francisco Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/x-6988-SF-Music-Examiner~y2009m8d11-Kseniya-Simonova-Ukrainian-sand-animator-wins-Ukraines-Got-Talent. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ Johnston, Ian (2009-09-19). “Sand artist Kseniya Simonova, winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent, becomes internet hit“. Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6208721/Sand-artist-Kseniya-Simonova-winner-of-Ukraines-Got-Talent-becomes-internet-hit.html. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 


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