Sand artist Kseniya Simonova (age 33), advanced to the finals of ‘Americas Got Talent: The Champions’ after host Terry Crews gave her the Golden Buzzer on February 4, 2019.
Simonova tells stories through sand animation. For her first performance on AGT Champions, she did “Don’t be Too Late” about a son who became a successful artist but forgot his parents. She had previously done the said story in the third round of the finals of ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent’.
The act left the judges and many in the audience dumbfounded. During her performance, host Terry Crews said, “She’s amazing!” Towards the end of Simonova’s sand animation story, Terry Crews touched his chest and later said, “Oh my God, I got goosebumps!”
America’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum, as well as the audience gave Simonova a standing ovation.
Kseniya Simonova Gets Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent: The Champions
Here are the judges comments:
In my opinion, you are one of the best contestants we’ve had over the years or around all the world. And genuinely, to see it unfold in front of our eyes and your use of music and storytelling, it was fantastic, congratulations.
That was just incredible. Wow, wow, wow! Like just the intricacy of the faces, everything that you do is just brilliant. Oh my gosh!
I agree. Let me tell you something. 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.
As soon as Howie was done talking, Terry Crews emerged from backstage, saying, “OK, OK, Okay!”
When he got near the panel of judges, Crews said, “Let me tell you something. I have never been more impressed by the ability to move people the way you did today!” After those words, Terry Crews pressed the Golden Buzzer.
Kseniya Simonova is the winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009. Since then, she has performed her sand animation stories in more than 40 countries around the world, some in the presence of Presidents, heads of state and royalty.
Simonova is well-respected in her country and is a Merited Artist of Ukraine. She will join singers Susan Boyle, Angelica Hale, Cristina Ramos, Paul Potts, Kechi Okwuchi and Brian Justin Crum; stand up comedian Preacher Lawson; extreme knife throwers Deadly Games, and magician Shin Lim in the finals of AGT Champions.
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