Ukraine’s got real talent

By David Knox on August 14, 2009 / Filed Under News 51

Kseniya-Simonova-001Forget about warbling kids, dancing dogs, and even housewife superstars…. Ukraine has really got talent.

Kseniya Simonova has won Ukraine’s Got Talent with her brilliant skills in sand animation. Intrigued? Wait until you see her in action.

This needs no explanation except to say she in this extensive live television moment Simonova recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war.

Stunning. Stuff.


  1. David Knox October 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm -

    Just look for Ukraine’s Got Talent in YouTube.

  2. Lisa Bain October 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm -

    Hi there… can someone attach the link for me… I cannot seem to access it? Thank you.

  3. Taras Bulba September 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm -

    Truly fantastic, but please everyone, don’t get confused that Russia and Ukraine are the same thing.
    They’re not, and it is very offensive to Ukrainians.
    We are our own People and have been fighting for our independence for ever, it seems.
    Let’s not forget that….

  4. Al Renaud September 15, 2009 at 2:51 am -

    what talent !!!!! A very inexpensive entertainment.

  5. adriana September 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm -

    that was ridiculous… it made me cry! that is the most heartwhrenching stuff i’ve seen!thanks GuanoLad! this is why i love memories, you never know which emotion it will provoke. I’m going to copy and paste what GuanoLad had done so that it remains on the front page for future viewers to read:
    this information on it for those that do not understand Russian:

    It starts with the original radio announcement on June 22, 1941 German army invading the Soviet Union. Followed by very popular songs written about the WWII. In short, it’s a story about a woman that loses her loved one in that war, but their child is a memory of their love. The last words are: “You are always near me”.


  6. Claudia September 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm -

    I have never seen art magic!!! This was truly it… Fantastic!!!! Brilliant!!!! :)

  7. jsquared September 11, 2009 at 4:14 am -

    What an outstanding, beautiful way to tell a story!!! Her artwork is incredible. Did anyone else notice how stunningly beautiful her hair is in a few overhead shots? It’s as lovely a work of art as her sand painting!!

  8. Art September 4, 2009 at 1:20 am -

    Artistry in every sense of the word.

  9. Margarita Dimitrova August 25, 2009 at 11:26 am -

    This girl is out of this world !!! Most importantly is the message! Russians, be proud if your heritage and history! You are amazing people! So rich is the Russian soul. Please, keep your country pure of foreign influence!

    Love the Russian literature, science, art!
    Love this girl!

  10. attie August 20, 2009 at 7:04 am -

    Absolutely breathtaking.

    Also, because several people commented on it: that cover of Nothing Else Matters is by Apocalyptica.

  11. geo August 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm -

    Yep. Amazing. Turn the sound off and see how powerful the music is.

  12. JD August 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm -

    from 6:10 onwards thats metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, wtf mate

  13. Elizabeth August 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm -

    Utterly Breathtaking, I didn’t look away once whilst watching it, Amazing, she should go on a World tour. Do they put the Grand finalist of each Countries, Got Talent show up against each other?. If They Don’t they Should, and she should Win it all.

  14. bunnies2 August 18, 2009 at 4:18 am -

    wow… my history is terrible, i barely know the story, and that was still insanely moving. beautiful work… and so wonderfully transient.

  15. brando58 August 18, 2009 at 12:24 am -

    Hollister Guy is a disgraceful, distasteful moron. How embarrassing and unfortunate for him that he is not able to process anything intellectually.

  16. R August 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm -

    Saw a mention of this in the Sunday Telegraph today (including a credit to you, David). Don’t know how I missed it on the site the first time round!

  17. jj August 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm -

    Meh. You should have seen my sand castle today. It had moat and everything.
    ….j/k, that was amazing. Brilliant.

  18. Natali August 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm -

    Oh, and she herself is beautiful as well!

  19. Natali August 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm -

    This is beautiful and moving! Both of my grandfathers died in the war fighting for Ukraine, it is something both of my parents who currently live in Ukraine cried over. This is amazing, true talent that also sends a message. She needs to be recognized! It is so original!!!!

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  21. Hollister Guy August 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm -

    She could give me a sand-job any day. :thumbsup:

  22. Anita August 16, 2009 at 3:48 am -

    Stunningly brilliant… Easily one of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure of watching in action… I’ve never seen talent like this before… Incredible… Thanks a lot for posting about it…

  23. Claire August 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm -


  24. Daniel August 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm -

    This puts everything on Australia’s Got Talent to shame …
    It also puts the media to shame. Why does Susan Boyle get internationally recognised while this women doesn’t even get a mention? Kseniya’s work is unique in a way that no singer can be. Truely exceptional

  25. Mac August 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm -

    I’m in love.

  26. Faiky August 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm -

    thank you for posting that video david. incredible. its a shame how on australia’s got talent a grandmother who can play the spoons makes the finals.

  27. Get This August 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm -

    Wow. That was sensational. I don’t know what else to say.

  28. ben August 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm -

    where’s stalin rescuing them from the burgeousie Germans?

  29. msd August 15, 2009 at 11:48 am -

    Thank you for pointing this out. Amazing and beautiful. Never seen anything quite like it, she’s a true artist.

  30. Knowfirst August 15, 2009 at 8:53 am -

    Pffft… I can do better…..

    Wish. :)

  31. TVTonightKiiD August 15, 2009 at 7:36 am -

    wow! that was awesome ;)

  32. Daria August 15, 2009 at 4:34 am -

    I can’t view it from my country “due to copyright restrictions”. :-(

  33. Todd August 15, 2009 at 12:17 am -

    wow that is fricken amazing!

  34. RichoTB August 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm -

    Stunning and unique.

  35. John August 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm -

    Wow, Wow. I desperately hope this goes viral. This needs to be seen. It’s incredible art and brilliant and unique talent. Bravo!

  36. Stan August 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm -

    OMG, that was breathtaking.

  37. l3xm4rk August 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm -

    Holy crap.

    That is extraordinary.

  38. Brydo August 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm -

    What an out-sand-ing talent! [ducks now]

  39. Samman August 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm -

    Wow, now that is talent ! Its amazing how easy she makes it look and I couldn’t see a single grain of sand out of place. Imagine how many hours of fun she would have at the beach.

  40. Sillygostly August 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm -

    What a magnificent find, David. Incredibly moving and mesmerising from the get go. This performance really showcases the appallingness of the Australian version of the programme. :P

  41. Hugh August 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm -

    really appreciate seeing this. Refreshing to have a tear in the eye at work.

  42. rattle August 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm -

    Thanks for bringing this amazing performance to our attention David.
    It was also a bit of a surprise to hear a Metallica song feature in it too. Quite a nice variation of it too.

  43. Jack August 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm -

    Simply Amazing! But can she blow a gum leaf?

  44. Chris August 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm -

    Give that woman the million dollars! I agree with ryan, this is what the Got Talent format is about – singing and dancing are not talents!

  45. thesportsfreak August 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm -

    Words can’t explain how incredibly amazing that is.

  46. Heather August 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm -

    That was very moving. Thanks for putting that up.

  47. redbullboy August 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm -

    Thanks for posting this David – it’s incredibly beautiful.

  48. LadyWriter August 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm -

    This is stunning. So incredibly moving.

  49. Speakeroftruth August 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm -

    Oh wow! how does someone even learn to do that? That is a truly amazing talent.

  50. GuanoLad August 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm -

    I watched this a few days ago, and I have this information on it for those that do not understand Russian:

    It starts with the original radio announcement on June 22, 1941 German army invading the Soviet Union. Followed by very popular songs written about the WWII. In short, it’s a story about a woman that loses her loved one in that war, but their child is a memory of their love. The last words are: “You are always near me”.

  51. ryan August 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm -

    now thats talent!!!!! wow, stuff all those kids who can sing or do all the crap they show!! this is real talent!

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