Kseniya Simonova got the Golden Buzzer from host Terry Crews on the February 4 audition episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” That sent this sand artist, who won “Ukraine’s Got Talent” back in 2009, straight through to the finals on this spin-off of “AGT.” That Kseniya got the Golden Buzzer over the likes of reigning “America’s Got Talent” winner magician Shin Lim told us to keep an eye on this unique talent and she didn’t disappoint.
Watch Kseniya’s performance in the video above and then vote in the poll below as to which of the 12 acts you want to win the first season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” And be sure to sound off with your thoughts on the show and who did (and didn’t) make the final.
In our live blog of the “AGT” finale, we had this to say about Kseniya’s act: “She told another story through her sand art tonight. Unlike last time, she made the performance more dynamic by using and synchronizing musical and voiceover cues to her drawing. Heidi called Kseniya a “true artist” and appreciated the emotion she showed as she created the story. Simon referred to the talent as one of the most “beautiful and creative” acts he’s seen on the show.”
Kseniya had never been to the USA until she travelled here to take part in the first season of “AGT: The Champions.” She had . In the decade since, she had carved out a career for herself in Europe. Kseniya joins these four Golden Buzzer acts singled out by the judges: Mel B‘s pick singer Susan Boyle; Heidi Klum‘s choice daredevils Deadly Games; Howie Mandel‘s selection singer Angelica Hale; and Simon Cowell‘s honoree singer Kechi Okwuchi.
When we spoke to Terry last week, he explained his rationale for choosing Kseniya over the likes of “AGT” season 5 runner-up Jackie Evancho.”You have never, ever seen an act like the act that I gave my Golden Buzzer to. It is absolutely one of the most phenomenal things. I literally ran out to give the buzzer. This is the thing: it’s such an enormous responsibility, because you understand when you press that button you are changing someone’s life forever, instantly. You want to make sure that you made the right decision, that you don’t regret it. I didn’t want to come home like, ‘Oh man, I should have done this, I should have done that.’ I have no regrets. [The act] is absolutely deserving and you will see why.”