Diana Gurtskaya

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Diana Gurtskaya
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Diana Gurtskaya in 2015
Background information
Birth nameDiana Gudaevna Gurtskaya
Born (1978-07-02) 2 July 1978 (age 41)
Sukhumi, Abkhaz ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR
Genres Pop, synthpop, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2000present

Diana Gudaevna Gurtskaya (Georgian :დიანა ღურწკაია, Russian : Диана Гудаевна Гурцкая, born 2 July 1978) is a blind Russian-Georgian singer. Following a failed attempt in Belarus the previous year Diana, on 1 March 2008, won the Georgian national final with 39.4% of the vote, therefore she represented Georgia at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia. She won a place in the final at the second semi-final on 22 May and finished 11th.

Georgian language Official language of Georgia

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Gurtskaya has a number of awards to her credit. Most notably, a 2007 Russian Honorable Artist award given to her by president Vladimir Putin, a Medal of Honor given to her by Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, and the Award of Saint Barbara in Ukraine amongst others. [1]

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She has recorded duets with various well-known foreign singers including Ray Charles, Toto Cutugno, and Demis Roussos. [1] [2] [3]

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In 2009, Gurtskaya received significant media attention after failing to obtain a visa from the British embassy due to her blindness. However, after a much publicised campaign, a visa was granted and the rules were changed. [4]

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Gurtskaya is married to Pyotr Kucherenko, who is a sighted lawyer in Moscow, and they have one son, Konstantin (b. June 2007).

Diana Gurtskaya signed the petition of support of Putin's actions in Ukraine and Crimea in 2014. [5]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
20079 monthssinging voiceShe performed theme song

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sopho Khalvashi
with Visionary Dream
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Sofia Nizharadze
with Shine