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Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov is a bright and unique personality in Russian show business. He is a Russian singer, producer and actor.
Filipp was born on April 30, 1967 in Varna to a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov and Russian mother. Already at the age of 5, the future star went on tour with his parents.
In 1984, Filipp entered the Gnessin State Musical College. His creative career began in 1985. Filipp sang a song “Alyosha” in Bulgarian in the TV program.
In 1987 Kirkorov worked as a musician in “Leningrad Music Hall”, directed by Ilya Rachlin. Then he met poet Ilya Reznik, who helped Kirkorov to conquer Olympus of Russian show business.
In 1988 Filipp met Alla Pugacheva and received an invitation to participate in her “Christmas meetings”. Kirkorov had already graduated from the School of Music and performed in Yalta with his first contest, made the first video for the song “Carmen” and sang for free in Mongolia for Soviet soldiers.

kirkorov childhood

Kirkorov in his childhood

A year later Filipp together with Alla Pugacheva went on tour in Germany and Austria, as well as he gave his first solo concert in Perm. And in the same year, Kirkorov was a finalist of the prestigious festival in Russia “Song of the Year”.

Kirkorov and Alla Pugacheva

Kirkorov and Alla Pugacheva – King and diva

In 1990 Kirkorov with the song “Heaven and Earth” won the first place in the competition “Schlager”. Two years later, the video clip for the song “Atlantis” was recognized as the best.
In 1992 Kirkorov went on tour in the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and Israel.
In 1993, the singer was awarded “Ovation”, “Best Singer of the Year” and “Golden Orpheus ” awards.
On March 15, 1994 Kirkorov married Alla Pugacheva in St. Petersburg. Two months later, they married in Jerusalem.
In November 1994 the couple gave a joint grand concert in Atlantic City, in the big American casino “Taj Mahal”, and six months later singers together went on tour in Israel.
In 1995 Kirkorov took part in the popular Eurovision song contest with the song “Lullaby for the volcano”. However, performance was not enchanting, and the singer took only 17th place. After a failure at the Eurovision Kirkorov decided to become a composer and producer for contest participants from CIS countries. In 2005 Angelica Agurbash took only the 13th place in the semifinals. In 2007 Dmitry Koldun performed Kirkorov’s song “Work Your Magic”. However, the Belarusian singer took only 6th place. Kirkorov’s third attempt was successful. He wrote a song “Shady Lady” for Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak, who won 2nd place at the Eurovision in 2008. For such a breakthrough, Filipp was awarded the title People’s Artist of Ukraine by President Viktor Yushchenko.

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Ani Lorak and Kirkorov

Kirkorov was invited by Michael Jackson himself to represent Russia in the charity program “Michael Jackson and Friends. What more can I give”.
In 2002, Philip Kirkorov Production Company received right to stage the Russian version of the popular musical “Chicago”. It was named “Premiere of the year”.
In 2005, Kirkorov and Alla Pugacheva were officially divorced.

Kirkorov Pugacheva Galkin

Kirkorov, Pugacheva and Galkin

Kirkorov starred in such films as “Beauty Salon”, “Love in the City” (3 parts), as well as musicals “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”, “Crazy Day”, “The Adventures of Verka Serduchka”, in the Mexican TV novel “Like in the movies”, “Space Pirate Captain Harlock live-action” (2014), “Galaxy Express 999 live-action” (2014), “Dieter: Der Film” (2015).

On November 26, 2011 surrogate mother gave birth to Kirkorov’s daughter Alla Victoria in America. The little girl was named after Filipp’s mother Victoria and Alla Pugacheva. Famous Russian TV presenter Andrey Malakhov is a girl’s godfather.
His son Martin Cristo was born on June 29, 2012 to a surrogate mother. The boy was named in honor of Kirkorov’s idol singer Ricky Martin plus Bulgarian name Cristo.

kirkorov children

Kirkorov and his children

Interesting facts
– Kirkorov is an eight-time Ovation winner, five-time World Music Awards winner, multiple Golden Gramophone and Song of the Year winner.
– In his repertoire Kirkorov has more than 150 duets, trios with various artists.
– Filipp is afraid of the dark and flights.
– Bedros Kirkorov introduced his son to Alla Pugacheva, when future singer was only 11 years old.
– Early in his career, Filipp made a proposal to already popular Masha Rasputina, but she laughed and refused.
– At the film festival “Kinotavr” in 2002 Kirkorov was the winner in the nomination ” Best Actor” for his role in the musical “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”.
– He has an own boutique in Moscow “Phill 4 You”.
– His hundredth concert in Sochi entered the Guinness Book of Records.
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Filipp Kirkorov