Diana Gurtskaya

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, 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.

Diana Gurtskaya
დიანა ღურწკაია
Gurtskaya, Georgia, Eurovision 2008
Gurtskaya, Georgia, Eurovision 2008
Background information
Birth nameDiana Gudaevna Gurtskaya
Born (1978-07-02) 2 July 1978 (age 42)
Sukhumi, Abkhaz ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR
GenresPop, synthpop, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2000–present

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]

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

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]

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]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Ty zdess (2000)[6]
  • Ty Znayesh mama (2002)[7]
  • Utro (2003)[8]
  • Nezhnaya (2004)[9]
  • 9 Mesjacev (2007)
  • Ja Ljublju vas vseh (2009)[10]

Compilation albumsEdit

  • MP3 Collection (2006)
  • Novoye i luchshyeye (2009)

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2007 9 months singing voice She performed theme song

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Diana Gurtskaya at Wikimedia Commons

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