Zlata Ognevich

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Zlata Ognevich
Ognevich in 2013
Background information
Birth nameInna Leonidivna Bordyuh
Born (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 34)
Murmansk, Russian SFSR, USSR
OriginSudak, Ukraine
Years active2010–present
People's Deputy of Ukraine
8th convocation
In office
27 November 2014 – 10 November 2015
ConstituencyRadical Party, No.4[1]

Inna Leonidivna Bordyuh (Ukrainian: Інна Леонідівна Бордюг, romanizedInna Leonidivna Bordiuh, pronounced [ˈinːɐ leoˈn⁽ʲ⁾id⁽ʲ⁾iu̯nɐ borˈdʲuɦ]; born 12 January 1986), known professionally as Zlata Ognevich (Ukrainian: Злата Огнєвіч, romanized: Zlata Ohnievich, pronounced [ˈzlɑtɐ ˈɔɦnʲewitʃ]), is a Ukrainian singer and former politician. She represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the song "Gravity", placing third. Ognevich previously attempted to represent Ukraine at the contest in 2010 and 2011.

In 2014, Ognevich was elected to the Verkhovna Rada for the Radical Party using her birth name Inna Bordyuh.[2][3] She resigned from parliament after one year, citing her opposition to the corruption she had witnessed.[4] She has been vocal in her support for Ukrainian forces during the pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, and announced she would not accept Russian citizenship following the annexation of Crimea, where Ognevich was raised.

Early life[edit]

Ognevich was born in 1986 in Murmansk to Ukrainian parents. She grew up in the Crimean city of Sudak.[5][nb 1] At age 18, Ognevich moved to Kiev, where she currently resides, to pursue a higher music education.[7][8] Ognevich is a graduate of Kiev's Rheingold M. Glière Music College.[9] During her third year at Rheingold she began working with live bands and did her own promotional work.[8]

Ognevich in interviews has claimed she has lived in "many cities and countries".[10][11]

Musical career[edit]

Ognevich is a soloist of the Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.[9]

2010: Eurovision Song Contest 2010[edit]

Ognevich made her first attempt to enter the Eurovision Song Contest with Ukraine. Her song was "Tiny Island" which finished fifth with 30 points.

2010–2011: Eurovision Song Contest 2011[edit]

In 2011, she made her second unsuccessful attempt to represent Ukraine in the contest. This time the song was in the Ukrainian language. Her song was "The Kukushka" which finished second.

Following complaints from viewers about the voting procedure in that years final, a new final was to be held on 3 March 2011,[12] But after Jamala and Ognevich withdrew from this new final in the days before it was scheduled to be held, Mika Newton became the artist to represent Ukraine.[13][14]

2012–2014: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and Junior Eurovision hosting[edit]

On 23 December 2012, Zlata made her third attempt to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, by entering the Ukrainian national selection Evrobachennya 2013 - Natsionalyni vidbir with the song "Gravity". After scoring maximum points from both the jury and televote, Ognevich won the right to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.[15]

At the competition, Ukraine qualified from the first semi-final on 14 May 2013, placing 3rd in a field of 16 songs and scoring 140 points. In the final, Ognevich and "Gravity" placed 3rd, scoring 214 points and receiving 12 points from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia and Moldova.[16]

Ognevich hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 on 30 November along with Timur Miroshnychenko.[17] Ognevich announced the voting results from Ukraine during the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[18] In August 2014, Ognevich released her own version of Ukraine's national anthem "Shche ne vmerla Ukraina".[19]

Political career[edit]

In the 26 October 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Ognevich was a candidate (as a non-partisan candidate she placed 4th on the party list) of Radical Party.[3] According to Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, Ognevich was on the party list because "I understand that in the imagination of people a parliamentarian is jowly, paunchy, old, sick and stupid. I want in Parliament young, smart, beautiful".[20] In the election her party won 22 seats and thus Ognevich was elected into parliament.[2] In parliament she focused on cultural issues and copyright issues.[21][22] Ognevich was present at 57% of all parliamentary sessions during her tenure in parliament.[23]

On 10 November 2015, Ognevich submitted a letter of resignation to parliament.[4] In her resignation speech to parliament of the same day, she stated: "Now I see that when there is no culture it’s easier to rule and manipulate people. That’s why in these circumstances, as cultural activist, I’m not helpful to this parliament…".[4] In the speech, she also accused her former colleagues of serving lobbyist interests and not the general public.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Five months after the March 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia,[nb 2] Ognevich called the annexation "a very painful tragedy" and stated that her parents, who continue to live in Crimea, would not obtain Russian citizenship.[7]

During the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine Ognevich and fellow Ukrainian singers Anastasia Prikhodko raised money for the 72nd Guards Mechanized Brigade.[25]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Tiny Island" 2010 Non-album singles
"Pristrast'" 2010
"The Kukushka" 2011 1
"Gravity" 2013 1 50
"Za Lisami Gorami" 2013
"Ice and Fire"
(with Eldar Gasimov)
"Za litom, za vesnoyu" 2016
"Tantsiuvati" 2017 3
"Do Mene" 2018
"—" denotes release that did not chart or was not released.



  1. ^ "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VIII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 10 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC Archived 12 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  3. ^ a b CEC registers lists of another 16 parties, a total of 29 parties to take part in election, Interfax Ukraine (27.09.2014)
    (in Ukrainian) Party list of Radical Party - CEC, galinfo (27 September 2014)
  4. ^ a b c Radical Party MP Zlata Ohnevych renounces lawmaking powers, Interfax-Ukraine (10 November 2015)
    MP from the Radical Party faction, Zlata Ognevich has submitted a letter of resignation to parliament, Ukrinform (10 November 2015)
  5. ^ Злата ОГНЄВІЧ: «Я зі свічкою біля Міки Ньютон не стояла...» Zlata OHNYEVICH "I with a candle next to Mika Newton was not ..." Archived 23 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Vysoky Zamok (7 June 2011)
  6. ^ A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 2010, ISBN 1442610212 (page 563/564 & 722/723)
  7. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Zlata sang in Odesa for sailors, 1+1 (29 July 2014)
  8. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Ohnyevich remembered as a sacrifice for her own clothing, Tablo ID (29 August 2014)
  9. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Злата ОГНЄВІЧ: «Я зі свічкою біля Міки Ньютон не стояла...» Zlata OHNYEVICH "I with a candle next to Mika Newton was not ..." Archived 23 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Vysoky Zamok (7 June 2011)
  10. ^ (in Ukrainian) Злата Огневич: Хочу гідно виступити на "Crimea Music Fest" (інтерв'ю) Zlata Ohnevych: Want to adequately address the "Crimea Music Fest" (interview), Young Radio (27 August 2011)
  11. ^ (in Ukrainian) Злата Огневич: «Не вважаю Ані Лорак своїм конкурентом» Zlata Ohnevych: "I do not think Ani Lorak is my rival" , Anturazh Magazine (14 August 2011)
  12. ^ Busa, Alexandru (26 February 2011). "UPD Ukraine: National final on March 3rd". ESCToday. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  13. ^ Hondal, Victor (1 March 2011). "Ukraine: Jamala withdraws from national final". EscToday.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  14. ^ Busa, Alexandru (1 March 2011). "Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich withdraws as well". EscToday.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  15. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (23 December 2012). "Zlata Ognevich is a happy winner in Ukraine". Eurovision.tv.
  16. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  17. ^ Eurovision Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich to host 2013 Junior Eurovision
  18. ^ Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich To Announce The Ukrainian Vote - Eurovoix
  19. ^ (in Ukrainian) Ohnyevich recorded his own version of the anthem of Ukraine. AUDIO, Tablo ID (27 August 2014)
  20. ^ (in Ukrainian) Radical Party leader Oleg Lyashko explained why in his electoral lists was the name of the singer Zlata Ohnyevich., Tablo ID (20.09.2014)
  21. ^ (in Ukrainian) Zlata Ognevich on her first day in the Rada, Televiziyna Sluzhba Novyn (9 September 2014)
  22. ^ a b Singer Ognevich resigns as MP; alleges colleagues serve clans, not public, Kyiv Post (12 November 2015)
  23. ^ Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  24. ^ (in Ukrainian) Zlata Ognevich first talked about becoming a MP, TSN (17 September 2014)
  25. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Zlata Ognevich". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

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Preceded by
with "Be My Guest"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Mariya Yaremchuk
with "Tick-Tock"
Preceded by
Netherlands Kim-Lian van der Meij and Ewout Genemans
Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Timur Miroshnychenko)
Succeeded by
Malta Moira Delia