Tina Karol

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Hryhorivna and the family name is Liberman.
Tina Karol
Tina karol.jpg
Karol in May 2006
Background information
Birth name Tetyana Hryhorivna Liberman
Also known as Tina Karol
Born (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 31)
Orotukan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Origin Ukraine
Genres Soul, Pop music
Occupation(s) singer,actress
Instruments voice
Years active 2005—present
Labels Lavina music
Website Official website (Russian)

Tina Karol (Ukrainian: Тіна Кароль; 25 January 1985[1]), born Tetyana Hryhorivna Liberman (Ukrainian: Тетяна Григорівна Ліберман), is a Ukrainian singer. Karol represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006.


Born on 25 January 1985 to a Ukrainian mother and Jewish father in Orotukan, Magadan Oblast, Russian Far East,[1][2] Karol moved to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine at the age of six. Her father, Grigoriy Liberman was from Vashkivtsi, Ukraine. Karol confessed in 2006 she often felt discriminated against in school because of her Jewish last name.[2] She is fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian. As a teenager Karol (under her real name Tetyana Liberman) performed for four years with the dancing ensemble at the Kyiv branch of the Jewish Agency, and her repertoire included songs in Hebrew and in Yiddish.[2] In 2000 she with this ensemble traveled to the United States, where the group’s appearances raised money for Jewish Agency for Israel programs in Ukraine.[2]

Karol graduated from a music school, and later from the Gliere Music College in Kiev,[1] where she studied pop vocal in the Faculty of Singing. In her fourth year, she was awarded a scholarship by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament). Karol has participated in numerous youth, regional, international and Jewish singing contests as well as musicals and theatrical shows. Karol became the soloist of the Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces as well as a television personality.

In 2005, Karol traveled to Iraq and Kosovo to perform for the peace keepers stationed there. She was the first performer to come to Iraq.[3] She reached second place at the Latvian festival "New Wave".[1][4] In 2005 she took a less Jewish stage name after producers of "New Wave" had suggested that to her.[2] In 2006 she commented on this "It was a part of my agreement with the producers, but, to be honest, I am glad I changed my name. I felt like it hindered me in my life”.[2]

In 2006 Karol won at the casting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song "I Am Your Queen" and therefore represented Ukraine at the event finishing 7th, scoring 145 points, with a revised version of the song entitled "Show Me Your Love".[1] In 2006, Tina Karol released her debut album Show Me Your Love, and another album entitled Nochenka, with some of songs of the first album in Russian and Ukrainian. Also in 2006 she started studying by correspondence at the National Aviation University in Kiev.[1][5] In 2006, she also participated in the United Nations's Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign against HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.[6]

In 2007, she released her new album Polyus Prityazheniya and wrote a fairy tale, Pautinka, a story about a caterpillar, portraying the show business as Tina has experienced it. Philipp Kirkorov, Alla Pugacheva and Verka Serduchka all have "parts" in the story.

On 16 January 2009, Viktor Yushchenko awarded Karol the title of Honored Artist of Ukraine.[7] Since September 2009 Karol actively supported the candidature of Yulia Tymoshenko for the Ukrainian presidential election, 2010.[8][9] In October 2009 she was ranked 92nd in a top 100 of "most influential women in Ukraine" compiled by experts for the Ukrainian magazine Focus.[1][10]

From 2014 on Karol has been a judge on the Ukrainian version of "The Voice", Holos Krainy, as well as on the Kids version of the same show.[11]

Since the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine Karol has not performed in Russia.[12]

Personal life[edit]

On 15 June 2008 Tina married her producer Eugeny Ogir (1980—2013).[13][14] On 18 November 2008[15] Karol gave birth to their first child, a son named Veniamin Ogir.[16][nb 1]

Tina's husband Eugeny Ogir died on 28 April 2013 from stomach cancer at the age of 32.[18]

When asked by Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2006 whether she identifies as a Jew she replied “I don’t like talking about self-identifications, I feel myself simply a human being, who came to this world to make a change. There was a period in my life when I was deciding on my religious beliefs, but now I think I’ve found my stand on this,” I believe in God, but I don’t identify with any particular religion”.[2]


Karol performing in August 2016

Show Me Your Love - 2006[edit]

(2006 Lavina Music)

  • 1. "Money Doesn't Matter"
  • 2. "Russian Boy"
  • 3. "Life Is Not Enough"
  • 4. "Honey"
  • 5. "Love of My Live"
  • 6. "Show Me Your Love"
  • 7. "Silent Night" (Ukrainian version)
  • 8. "Honey" (Fiesta edit)
  • 9. "Money Doesn't Matter" (Remake)
  • 10. "Show Me Your Love" (REMIX radio edit)
  • 11. "Show Me Your Love" (REMIX club edit)
  • 12. "Vyshe Oblakov" (Выше облаков)
  • 13. "Vyshe Oblakov" (video)

Nochenka (Sweet Night) - 2006[edit]

(2006 Lavina Music CD)

  • 1. "Nochenka" (Ноченька)
  • 2. "Vyshe Oblakov" (Выше облаков)
  • 3. "Namaluyu Tobi" (Намалюю тоби)
  • 4. "Pupsik" (Пупсик)
  • 5. "Ty Otpusti" (Ты отпусти)
  • 6. "Vyshe Oblakov" (Remix)
  • 7. "Nochenka" (Karaoke)
  • 8. "Vyshe" Oblakov (Karaoke)
  • 9. "Pupsik" (Karaoke)
  • 10. "Nochenka" (video)
  • 11. "Vyshe Oblakov" (video)
  • 12. "Pupsik" (video)

Polyus Prityazheniya (Attraction Pole) - 2007[edit]

(2007 Astra Recordings)

  • 1. "Polyus Prityazheniya" (Полюс притяжения)
  • 2. "Beloe Nebo" (Белое небо)
  • 3. "Lyublyu Ego" (Люблю его)
  • 4. "Ny K Chemu" (Ни к чему)
  • 5. "Klyuchik" (Ключик)
  • 6. "U Neba Poprosim" (У неба попросим)
  • 7. "Vremya Kak Voda" (Время как вода)
  • 8. "Loosing My Way" (Spelling error on artwork, should be 'Losing My Way')
  • 9. "Come On"
  • 10. "Vremya Kak Voda" (remix)
  • 11. "Lyublyu Eho" (video)
  • 12. "Polyus Prityazheniya" (video)

9 zhyzney (9 Lives) - 2010[edit]

(2010-2011 Astra Records/Lavina Music)

  • 1. "Zachem ja znaju" (Зачем я знаю)
  • 2. "Nykohda" (Никогда)
  • 3. "9 zhyzney" (Mykrovolnovka) (9 жизней (Микроволновка))
  • 4. "Ja ne beru trubku" (Я не беру трубку)
  • 5. "Ne boysja, mal‘chyk" (Не бойся, мальчик)
  • 6. "Perezhyvem yzmeny" (Переживем измены)
  • 7. "RadyoBaby" (Радио Baby)
  • 8. "Ljubol" (Люболь)
  • 9. "Shynshylla" (Шиншилла)
  • 10. "Ja skazhu Da" (Я скажу Да)
  • 11. "Shukay mene" (Шукай мене)
  • 12. "Ne doshch" (Не дощ)
  • 13. "Nizhno" ( Ніжно)

Pomnyu (Remember) - 2014[edit]

  • 1. "Zakrili tvoi ochi" (Закрили твої очі) - "Closed your eyes"
  • 2. "Pomnyu" (Помню) - "I Remember"
  • 3. "Beskonechnost" (Бесконечность) - "Infinity"
  • 4. "Udaljajus" (Удаляюсь) - "I`m deleting"
  • 5. "Stanu ja" (Стану я) - " I`ll become"
  • 6. "Ljubila" (Любила) - "Loved"
  • 7. "Zhizn Prodolzhaetsja" (Жизнь продолжается) - "Life Goes On"


  • "Vyshe Oblakov" (2005)
  • "Show Me Your Love" (2006) #1
  • "Nochenka" (2006)
  • "Pupsik" (2006)
  • "Lyublyu Ego" (2007)
  • "Polyus Prityazheniya" (2007) #2
  • "Klyuchik" (Ключик) (2008) #6[19]
  • "U Neba Poprosim" (У неба попросим) (2008) #2
  • Ne Bojsia (Не бойся) ( 2009) #3
  • Radio Baby (2009)#7
  • Shinshilla (ШИНШИЛЛА) (2010) #3
  • Не Дощ (2010) #6
  • Ja skazhu "Da (Я скажу Да) (2011) #5
  • Nijno (Ніжно) (2012)
  • YA Ne Beru Trubku (Я не беру трубку) (2012)
  • V'yuga-zima (Вьюга-зима) (2013)
  • Pomnyu (ПОМНЮ) (2013)
  • Zhizn Prodolzhaetsja (Жизнь продолжается) (2013)
  • My Ne Ostanemsya Druzyami (#МНОД - Мы не останемся друзьями) (2014)
  • Ya Vsyo Eshe Lyublyu (Я ВСЁ ЕЩЁ ЛЮБЛЮ) (2015)

Other songs[edit]

  • "Ya Budu Tebya Tselovat" (with B.Stone)
  • "Posvyashchenie v Albom"
  • "Misyats'"
  • "Letniy Roman" (with B.Stone)
  • "Dusha" (with О.Gavriluk)
  • "Heal the World" (Ukrainian Stars, in memory of Michael Jackson)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ After Veniamin Ogir was born his mother received flowers and messages from Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko[17] the wife of President Viktor Yushchenko, Kateryna Yushchenko, and the mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetskyi.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g (Ukrainian) Тіна Кароль. Біографія, Novynar
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Across the Former Soviet Union Ukrainian Singer with Jewish Roots and New Name Takes Country by Stor, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (23 March 2006)
  3. ^ Tina Karol // www.UMKA.com.ua
  4. ^ Tina Karol performing I feel good (New Wave 2005) // YouTube
  5. ^ Welcome to Ukraine
  6. ^ Ukraine Joins Global Campaign to Galvanize Action for Children, UN in Ukraine (1 June 2006)
  7. ^ (Ukrainian) Ющенко зробив Тіну Кароль та Козловського заслуженими артистами, proUA. com (23 January 2009)
  8. ^ (Ukrainian) Зірковий колгосп для Тимошенко, Ukrayinska Pravda (September 10, 2009)
  9. ^ Best singers of country start tour in support of Tymoshenko, UNIAN (September 14, 2009)
  10. ^ (Russian) Рейтинг Фокуса: 100 самых влиятельных женщин и 100 деталей о них, Focus
  11. ^ (Russian) Coach "Voice Dіti-3." Tina Karol: My citizenship is no "gray" color, KP (24 August 2016)
  12. ^ (Ukrainian) Karol: I speak and sing in Russian, and my citizenship is not gray, Tablo ID (26 August 2016)
  13. ^ (Ukrainian)[1]
  14. ^ (Ukrainian)[2]
  15. ^ (Ukrainian)У Тіни Кароль народився син, Табло ID (18-11-2008)
  16. ^ a b (Ukrainian)Тіна Кароль назвала сина, а їй дали триповерховий..., Табло ID (21-11-2008)
  17. ^ (Ukrainian)Тимошенко відіслала Тіні Кароль букет за сина, Табло ID (19-11-2008)
  18. ^ (Russian) 15 июня Тина Кароль и Евгений Огир отпраздновали бы 5-летие брака June 15 Tina Karol and Eugene Ohyr celibated 5th anniversary marriage, TSN.ua (30 April 2013)
    (Ukrainian) У Києві поховали чоловіка Тіни Кароль In Kiev is buried the husband of Tina Karol, TVi (30 April 2013)
  19. ^ "Ukrainian Top 40". ukrtop. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
with "Razom nas bahato"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Verka Serduchka
with "Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
Preceded by
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Succeeded by
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