BGT’s Kseniya Simonova on why Amanda Holden was so touched by her story

BGT’s Kseniya Simonova on why Amanda Holden was so touched by her story

Emotional Amanda Holden wept as she pressed her golden buzzer for sand artist Kseniya Simonova in BGT: The Champions.

Kseniya, who created a montage of a sick baby and parent in sand, believes her performance struck a chord with Amanda because of the star’s own personal heartbreaks.

Amanda, 48, was distraught when her son Theo was stillborn in 2011. Then, in 2012, she haemorrhaged and her heart briefly stopped while giving birth to daughter Hollie, now seven.

Last night the talent show judge – who also has a daughter Lexi, 13, with producer hubby Chris Hughes – wept as she told former Ukraine’s Got Talent champ Kseniya: “Sorry, I’m a complete mess… the whole message was very uplifting and very emotional… it was just beautiful.”

Kseniya reveals how Amanda “hugged and kissed” her after her performance.


She says: “I think the sand story I told touched her because it’s a story of a survivor. She knows what it’s like. I know she came through big pain in her life, and she really inspires with her story. It’s unbelievable.

“And even more unbelievable is the fact that she looks so gorgeous and is full of life. Her golden buzzer was a real honour to me.”

Since winning Ukraine’s version of the show in 2009, Kseniya has been volunteering with ABC charity, creating sand-art videos to raise awareness for children with cancer.


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