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Eurovision sand artist Kseniya Simonova faces Paul Potts, The Sacred Riana in first heat of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions

A few weeks ago, we revealed that it was extremely likely that Ukrainian sand artist Kseniya Simonova would take part in the upcoming all-stars series “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions”. It has now been confirmed that Simonova will take part in the first of five heats, to be aired on Saturday 31st August.

The series was recorded in late July at Wembley Arena in front of regular judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams. In the first heat, to be aired on ITV on Saturday evening, Kseniya Simonova has been confirmed to be amongst the contestants.

It is expected, according to Digital Spy Forums, that two former Britain’s Got Talent winners, Paul Potts and Ashleigh & Sully, will also be in heat one. Furthermore, viral sensation and Asia’s Got Talent winner, The Sacred Riana, is also expected to be amongst the line-up this Saturday.

From Got Talent to Eurovision

Simonova rose to fame in 2009, winning Ukraine’s Got Talent and the videos of her performances became an online sensation. In 2011, she reached an international television audience via the Eurovision Song Contest. The use of her sand art within the performance of the Ukrainian entry that year is considered a key reason for her nation’s top 5 finish in Düsseldorf.

America’s Got Talent: The Champions

Earlier this year, the American branch of “Got Talent” launched a spin-off series entitled “The Champions”. A mixture of the most talented acts from “Got Talent” series all over the world combined to take part in one competition. Kseniya achieved third place in “The Champions”, the highest-placed European contestant and the highest-placed contestant from outside the American continent. Simon Cowell called her performance one of the most beautiful he’s “ever seen”.

Simonova returned to the Eurovision stage for a second time in Tel Aviv, contributing her sand art to Anna Odobescu’s performance of “Stay” for Moldova. Simonova once again earned praise from fans for her work.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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