Andrey Danilko – creator of the stage image of Verka Serduchka. Was born on 2nd of October 1973 in
During school was studying in theater studion “Grotesk”. After graduation from school tries to enter music collage and institute, but is rejected everywhere. Goes to professional technical college, where studies profession “cashier-seller of foodstuffs”. From 1991 to 1992 works as cashier in the shop, and gives some performances. At spring 1992 demonstrates for the first time two short numbers: “Dining Room” and “Train Conductor”, official date of birth of Verka Serduchka is 8th of March 1993, when “Train conductor” portraiting ordinary Ukrainian woman working as conductor, was shown at “Humourina” festival in Poltava. Tries to enter musical college again, being rejected for two more times, thus deciding to start “performing career”, performs with his mini-theater, staging Verka Serduchka numbers and performing parodies on well-known Russian stars: Allegrova, Pugachova, Kazachenko.
In 1995 finally enters estrada-circus college, but after studying just for 2 years instead of 5 leaves it and is accepted in
Culture.In 1997 records first songs “Prosto Vera”, “Abrikosy”. Later appear “Ya rozhdena dlya lyubvi”, “Ya vyshla na perron”, “Vaza i pion”, “Controler”, ”
Po chut-chut”, and records some music videos. He gets invitation to show of Ukrainian channel “1+1” “SV-show” where he again portraits train conductor Verka Serduchka. Since autumn 1998 the show is being broadcasted simultaneously at Russian channel “TV-6”. This show is the one that brought huge popularity to the comical artist.
Issued music albums as Verka Serduchka “Ha-ra-sho!”, “Zheniha hotyela”, “The Best. Neizdannoe”, “Tralli-valli” and also instumental album “Posle tebya” as Danilko. Took part in various musicals of Russian/Ukrainian co-production, mostly as Verka Serduchka, but in “Figaro” as Andrey Danilko. Has created solo musical “History of Verka Serduchka”.
In 2005 takes attempts to enter Eurovision from Russia and Ukraine but was disqualified in both countries: in Ukraine due to failure to appear for preview-video shootings, in
Russia because of failure to submit lyrics of the song. After that claims in one of his music videos: “I’ve decided, I’ll go to Eurovision representing
Kazakhstan, let others win too!”. In 2006 was considered candidate to represent Poland in duet with Polish analogue “Renia Paczkowska”, but Renia aka Mihal Wisnievski decides to enter contest with own band “Ich Troje”Verka Serduchka has been confirmed as candidate for Eurovision, her team has submitted entry to the competition. We do not take this contest seriously, we just want to show ourselves and to have fun”, commented representative of the singer. It is generally considered though after selection of Danish drag act DQ chances of Verka Serduchka for positive result have been significantly lowered.