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Kseniya Simonova was a sand artist act from America's Got Talent: The Champions. She finished the competition in 3rd place.


Kseniya Simonova is a sand animation artist, the 2009 winner of the TV contest Ukraine’s Got Talent, which is part of the Got Talent series. She is a performance artist in sand animation, graphic artist, illustrator, film director and a philanthropist, and is a Merited Artist of Ukraine. [1]

Kseniya provided the animations for Mika Newton's performance of her song "Angel" at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany, which finished in 4th place in the grand final.  She also did the animations for Anna Odobescu of Moldova at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Champions Preliminary

Kseniya Simonova's Preliminary performance in Episode TC05 consisted of telling a story through sand art about an person who grew up to become a famous artist and over time forgot his parents.  Howie Mandel , Mel B , Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell all gave her standing ovations.  Moved by her performance, Terry Crews pressed his Golden Buzzer, sending Kseniya directly to the Final.

The Champions Final

Kseniya Simonova's Finals performance in Episode TC06 consisted of telling a story through sand art about how a couple and family were affected by war with a theme of love.  Howie Mandel , Mel B , Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell all gave her standing ovations.

The Champions Finale

In Episode TC07, the superfans gave Kseniya enough votes to enter the Top 5 along with Shin Lim instead of Deadly Games. Kseniya finished the competition in 3rd place, ahead of Cristina Ramos and Preacher Lawson, but behind Shin Lim and Darci Lynne.

As a thank you for her time on The Champions, Kseniya did a sand art tribute to her fellow finalists, host Terry Crews, and the judges.

After the Show

Kseniya competed on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. She received the Golden Buzzer from judge Amanda Holden on the series' first episode, advancing directly to the Final.

Kseniya finished the show in 3rd place, behind Season 3 finalists Stavros Flatley, and eventual winners dance duo Twist & Pulse, who came in second on Season 4. Interestingly, the Season 4 winners, Spelbound, did not compete on The Champions.

With her third place finish, Kseniya matches her finish on AGT's The Champions. She received the Golden Buzzer on both, and was the highest placing act on both versions that did not originally compete in that version's series. Kseniya returned as a guest performer in Episode TC207, telling a sand story as Angelina Jordan and Tyler Butler-Figueroa performed Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved". She created another sand art tribute in honor of the season's finalists.

In 2020, she auditioned for Romania's Got Talent.

In 2021, she appeared on the French version of Game Of Talents [2]


  • She, Preacher Lawson, and Alexa Lauenburger are the only three acts to advance to the final in both the American and British versions of The Champions.
  • She was the very first act to receive the Golden Buzzer from new host Terry Crews.
    • Additionally, she was only one of two acts given a Golden Buzzer by Terry not to be a choir act, the other being Season 16 act World Taekwondo Demonstration Team. She was also the only solo act to receive this honor.

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