This is stunning: it’s the winning performance from Ukraine’s Got Talent. Kseniya Simonova, 24, shows what happened in the Ukraine during World War II when Germany invaded (the The Great Patriotic War), and she uses sand to do it. Sand. It really has to be seen to be believed; watch it below.
Although it’s been on YouTube since June, I learned about it Friday night from Roger Ebert’s tweet, in which he called her “The Susan Boyle of sand animation.” It’s hard to disagree.
Speaking of Susan Boyle, Italy’s version of the show, surprisingly called Italy’s Got Talent, debuted last Saturday, and presented a contestant named Carmen Masola who sang opera–sound familiar? Variety reports that Italian critic and “Corriere della Sera columnist Aldo Grasso echoed many critics when he complained the talent show had ‘no experimentation, no research, no new ideas: They are just mechanically adapting this foreign format to an Italian context.'”
In other words, they understand one of the fundamentals of reality TV. Watch Carmen’s performance here and judge how Susan Boyle-ish she really is: