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Tina Karol (UkrainianТіна Кароль; 25 January 1985), born Tatyana Grigoryevna Liberman (UkrainianТетяна Григорівна ЛіберманTetyana Hryhorivna Liberman RussianТатьяна Григорьевна Либерман Tatiana Grigorievna Liberman), is a Ukrainian singer. Karol represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006.

Biography [edit]Edit

Born to Jewish parents in OrotukanMagadan OblastRussian Far East, Karol moved to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine at the age of six. Her father, Grigoriy Liberman (Григорий Либерман) was from Vashkivtsi, Ukraine. She is fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian.

Karol graduated from a music school, and later from the Gliere Music College in Kiev, where she studied pop vocal in the Faculty of Singing. In her 4 th 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. She reached second place at the Latvian festival "New Wave".

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". 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. In 2006 she also participated in the United Nations'sUnite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign against HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.

In 2007, she released her new album Polyus Prityazheniya and wrote a fairy talePautinka, a story about a caterpillar, portraying the show business as Tina has experienced it. Philipp KirkorovAlla 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. Since September 2009 Karol actively supported the candidature of Yulia Tymoshenko for the Ukrainian presidential election, 2010. 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.

Personal life [edit]Edit

On June 15, 2008 Tina married her producer Eugeny Ogir (1980—2013). On November 18, 2008 Karol gave birth to their first child, a son named Veniamin Ogir. She received flowers and messages from Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko the wife of President Viktor YushchenkoKateryna Yushchenko, and the mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetskyi.

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

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