Kseniya Simonova, Ukraine’s Got Talent
Kseniya Simonova – Ukraine’s Got Talent, 2009
Now, I don’t know much about Ukraine beyond some books by Andrey Kurkov and Marina Lewycka but it seems to me that they must be something fundamentally different about their version of Britain’s Got Talent that means a performance so beautiful, skillful, solemn, and not-a-singer-or-dancer could win. I feel that something about BGT simply doesn’t allow for artistry or depth (the ‘something’ is probably Piers, Amanda and Simon). Everything’s slightly cheesy, very fast, and incredibly superficial. Perhaps Ukraine had their share of that too but they also had this.