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Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov is a Russian singer, songwriter, actor and TV presenter of Bulgarian and Armenian descent. A graduate with honors from the Gnesin Music School, his popularity began to take off after winning the grand prize in the Shlyager-90 competition and in 1993 won the Ovation Award for best singer of the year.

He represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 in Dublin as their second-ever entrant with the song Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana, finishing in 17th place. A year prior, he married Alla Pugacheva, who would succeed him at the contest in Dublin in 1997. They divorced in 2005.

Kirkorov also composed entries for many other Eurovision artists, including Dmitry Koldun (Belarus 2007), Ani Lorak (Ukraine 2008), the Tolmachevy Twins (Russia 2014), Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016/2019), and DoReDos (Moldova 2018).

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