Polina Gagarina

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Polina Gagarina
Полина Гагарина
Gagarina in 2015
Gagarina in 2015
Background information
Birth namePolina Sergeyevna Gagarina
Born (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 33)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2003–present
LabelsАРС Records. NovaMusic, Velvet Music, First Music Publishing[1]

Polina Sergeyevna Gagarina (Russian: Поли́на Серге́евна Гага́рина, IPA: [pɐˈlʲinə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə ɡɐˈɡarʲɪnə], born 27 March 1987) is a Russian songwriter and actress. She represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with "A Million Voices" where she finished second with 303 points. In doing so, she became the first second placed finisher to exceed 300 points. Gagarina also participated in the Chinese reality-competition Singer in 2019, where she was one of the finalists.

Early life[edit]

Gagarina was born in Moscow, but spent most of her youth in Greece. Her mother was a ballet dancer. In 1993, Gagarina's father died and her mother decided to move the family back to Russia, but they soon moved back to Greece and settled in Athens. After completing her education, she moved to Saratov to live with her grandmother. She is fluent in Russian, Greek and English.


2003–07: Poprosi u oblakov[edit]

In 2003, Gagarina competed in season two of Star Factory, a Russian reality singing competition. She performed several songs by Maxim Fadeev and went on to win the show, but refused to work with Fadeev after her victory. After winning Star Factory, Gagarina was invited to perform in the group Playgirls. The group received a recording contract with ARS Records, but ultimately disbanded. In 2005, she performed at the New Wave competition held in Jūrmala, Latvia and placed third. She later released the singles "Kolybelnaya", "Morning", "Ya tvoya", "Pomnyu", and "Ya tebya ne proshchu nikogda". Her debut album Poprosi u oblakov was released in 2007.

2008–12: O sebe[edit]

In 2008, Gagarina released the single "Komu, zachem?", a duet with Russian singer Irina Dubtsova. In March 2010, her second studio album O sebe was released. In 2012, Gagarina started to collaborate with Russian-Georgian producer Konstantin Meladze. With Meladze she recorded four singles: "Spektakl okonchen" ("The Play Is Over"), "Net" ("No"), "Navek" ("Forever") and "Shagay" ("Stride").

Gagarina at ESC 2015

2015–16: Eurovision Song Contest and 9[edit]

On 9 March 2015, it was revealed that Gagarina would represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "A Million Voices".[2] Gagarina placed first in the first semi-final with 182 points, before coming second in the Grand Final of the contest, ending up with 303 points.[3] This was the fourth highest overall points total of all time and she became the first non-winning participant to exceed 300 points.[4] On 25 July 2015, she performed "A Million VoiceLs" as the closing song of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Saint Petersburg, shown on television worldwide.[5] On 9 August 2015, she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan.[6] She was a coach in the Russian reality talent show The Voice in seasons four and five.[7] In September 2016, her third studio album 9 was released.[8]

2019–present: Singer 2019[edit]

On 1 February 2019, it was revealed that Gagarina participated in Chinese' reality competition Singer 2019, also known as the seventh season of I Am a Singer, entering under the substitute singer status on the fourth week. Gagarina was the third European contestant to participate after season six's winner Jessie J (United Kingdom) and Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria), who participated in season seven alongside her. Gagarina achieved three top placements on the first five-week of shows before finishing last in her sixth show, which was the Challenge round; Gagarina would have been eliminated per the competition rules but was instead saved after the Challenger of the week was unsuccessful in beating a majority (4) of the seven singers. On 22 March, she was temporarily given a bye after reporting to the media that she sustained a muscle injury during rehearsals. Despite her injury, she eventually ranked in the top three during the following week's round, called the Breakout round (a round featured previously eliminated contestants, substitute singers, except withdrawn and non-competing singers), where she became one of the seven finalists eligible for the title of Singer 2019 winner. In the Finals Rush Hour, she performed a duet with Chinese singer Geng Sihan, singing the song "Shallow". In the first round of the final, she sung "We Are the World" alongside Kazakhstan's Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 participant Daneliya Tuleshova, Filipino-Canadian singer Darren Espanto and Chinese rapper Air Ari. She was, however, was knocked out that round.[9]

For season eight of the Voice in 2019, she rejoined as a coach.[10] Also, for the first time on The Voice Kids, she was a coach for season seven.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 August 2007, Gagarina married Russian actor Pyotr Kislov.[12] She gave birth to their son, Andrey, on 14 October 2007.[13] They divorced on 31 March 2010.[14] She married photographer Dmitry Iskhakov on 9 September 2014.[15] In April 2017, she gave birth to their daughter, Mia.[16]



Year Title Role
2007 Дочки-матери ("Mother and daughter") Performed title song
2012 Катина любовь ("Katina love")
Hotel Transylvania Mavis (Russian dub)
2013 Саша Белый ("Sasha Bely") Herself
2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Dorothy Gale (Russian dub)
2015 Одной левой ("Only with the left hand") Sofi
Hotel Transylvania 2 Mavis (Russian dub)
Battle for Sevastopol Performed main theme
2016 The Good Boy Performed end song
2017 Richard the Stork Olga (Russian dub)
My Little Pony: The Movie Storm (Russian dub)
2018 Duck Duck Goose Lily (Russian dub)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Mavis (Russian dub)
Заповедник ("Nature reserve") Herself

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Полина Гагарина | Discography".
  2. ^ Brey, Marco (11 March 2015). "Polina Gagarina to represent Russia!". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Eurovision 2015 Results: Voting & Points". Eurovisionworld. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Eurovision 2015 Russia: Polina Gagarina - "A Million Voices"". Eurovisionworld. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  5. ^ News, Eurovision; News, Participants; Participants, Eurovision; Fans (27 July 2015). "Eurovision Russia: Polina Gagarina at the World Cup Qualifier Draw - ESCToday.com". Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  6. ^ "В Казани завершился чемпионат мира по водным видам спорта". www.wday.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  7. ^ "The Voice of Russia: Dina Garipova, Dima Bilan and Polina Gagarina open first episode". wiwibloggs. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. ^ "'9' at #1: Polina Gagarina tops iTunes Russia with new album". wiwibloggs. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Polina Gagarina reaches the final of China's Singer 2019". wiwibloggs. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  10. ^ "The Voice, season 8: Polina Gagarina returned as the coach after a break, Valery Syutkin replaced Basta". Комсомольская правда. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Представляем Наставников нового сезона шоу «Голос.Дети»" (in Russian). Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Беременная Полина Гагарина вышла замуж" [Pregnant Polina Gagarina married]. ural.ru (in Russian). 27 August 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Polina Gagarina – Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Полина Гагарина развелась с мужем" [Polina Gagarina divorced with her husband]. dni.ru (in Russian). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  15. ^ Tuboltseva, Natalya (9 September 2014). "Полина Гагарина вышла замуж" [Polina Gagarina married]. kp.ru (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Полина Гагарина подтвердила рождение дочери" [Polina Gagarina confirmed the birth of her daughter].

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Star Factory (Russia) winner
Succeeded by
Nikita Malinin
Preceded by
Tolmachevy Sisters
with "Shine"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sergey Lazarev
with "You Are the Only One"