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Diana Gurtskaya
220px-Diana Gurtskaya, Georgia, Eurovision 2008, 2nd semifinal
Diana Gurtskaya in 2008
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Birth name Diana Gurtskaya
Born (1978-07-02) July 2, 1978 (age 38)
Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia
Origin Georgia
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Years active 2000–present

Diana Gudaevna Gurtskaya (Georgian: დიანა ღურწკაია, Russian: Диана Гудаевна Гурцкая), born July 2, 1978 in Sukhumi, Georgia) is a blind Georgian singer who resides in Moscow, Russia. Following a failed attempt in Belarus the previous year Diana, on March 1, 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 May 22 and finished 11th.

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.

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

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.

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

Discography

Studio albums

  • Ty zdess (2000)
  • Ty Znayesh mama (2002)
  • Utro (2003)
  • Nezhnaya (2004)
  • 9 Mesjacev (2007)
  • Ja Ljublju vas vseh (2009)

Compilation albums

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

Filmography

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

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