Alexey Vorobyov

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Alexey Vorobyov
(Alex Sparrow)
Alexey Vorobyov (2011)
Alexey Vorobyov (2011)
Background information
Birth nameAlexey Vladimirovich Vorobyov
Born (1988-01-19) 19 January 1988 (age 32)
Tula, RSFSR, Soviet Union
GenresPop music
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, accordion
LabelsUniversal Music Russia
Websitealexsparrow.com

Alexey Vladimirovich Vorobyov (Russian: Алексей Владимирович Воробьёв; 19 January 1988) is a Russian singer and actor who performs both in Russian and English. For international purposes Vorobyov is also credited as Alex Sparrow, a translation of his Russian name. He is best known for appearing on the Russian version of The X Factor at the age of 17 in 2005.[1] In 2006 Vorobyov was contracted by Universal Music Russia,[2] and in December 2007 was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for Y-PEER, a youth-based initiative of the United Nations Population Fund.[2][3] Vorobyov represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany.

Early life[edit]

Alex was born on 19 January 1988 in Tula (Russian: Тула), RSFSR, Soviet Union. His father is Head of Security, and his mother is a housewife. Alex played football as a child and played for the local youth team in Tula. At first, he wanted to pursue a career in sports but later chose to pursue music as his profession.

Music career[edit]

Alex studied the accordion at the College of Music. While there, he participated in many competitions. When Alex graduated he decided to return to the musical school, however this time he opted to study in the vocal department. For a short period of time, he was the lead singer of the Tula folklore ensemble "Delight."

In 2005, Alex won the gold medal for his solo performance at the Delphic Games IV. In the same year Alex went to Moscow where he was ranked No. 3 in a TV competition. He later moved to Moscow and entered more competitions. In 2006, he signed a contract for Universal Music Russia. In July of that year Alex was one of the performers at the "Big Eight" which was held in St Petersburg. He was one of the executors of "Youth Eight" and was also given the opportunity to sing during the closing ceremony. In 2007, Alex won an MTV award for upcoming artists.

Vorobyov from performing "Get You" at Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf

In 2008 and 2009 he competed in the Russian national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest with the songs New Russian Kalinka and Angelom Biht but lost to Dima Bilan and Anastasia Prikhodko respectively. On 5 March 2011, he was eventually selected to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, with the song "Get You," written by highly successful Moroccan producer Nadir Khayat (RedOne).

He returned in 2009 but was forced to withdraw his entry due to employment schedule conflict. Alex was finally chosen to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and was internally selected. He finished 16th overall in the contest. After recovering from a serious car accident he suffered in early 2013, Alex Sparrow is back with music he has written, composed and arranged himself. Called Friend project, it is a collaboration with his friend, Russian actor Sergei Romanovich.[4] The latter had already appeared in Laskoviy Mai, a film about the career of the famous Soviet band of the same name.

Acting career[edit]

His acting career took off in 2006 when he starred in "Alice's Dream." Alex later enrolled in acting school. Spring 2008 saw Alex graduate from the theater school. He later became a student of the Moscow Art Theater School. Once his employment in acting was well established, Alex left the school. In 2010, Alex took part in a reality series called "Cruel Intentions," he made it to the finals finishing in second place. Later that year, he enlisted as a candidate on the TV show "Ice and Fire" in which he paired up with the famous ice-skater Tatiana Navka (Russian: Татьяна Навка). Despite an arm injury Alex continued his participation in the show.

On 26 September 2019, it was announced that Vorobyov was cast as Yuri "Bobby" Telatovich in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, Space Force.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On 22 January 2013 Vorobyov was seriously injured in a car crash in Los Angeles, United States, after his Porsche hit another car. Alexey was taken to a hospital with a brain trauma and several other injuries, which ended up in half of his face going numb, and put him in intensive care.[6] He recovered and slowly returned to recording and acting.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2006 — Leto (Summer)
  • 2007 — Alisa
  • 2007 — Devchonka (Girl)
  • 2007 — Seychas ili Nikogda (Now or never)
  • 2007 — Russkie Zabili (Russian's forgot)
  • 2008 — Desire
  • 2008 — New Russian Kalinka
  • 2008 — Toska
  • 2008 — Ti i Ya (You and I)
  • 2008 — Zabud Menya (Forget me)
  • 2009 — Accordeon
  • 2009 — Reality
  • 2010 — Shout It Out
  • 2011 — Get You
  • 2015 — Sumasshedshaya (She's crazy but she's mine)
  • 2016 — Samaja Krasiwaja (The beauty)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexey Vorobyov will perform in Eurovision with Russian name". Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2011 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Universal Music Russia. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Youth Village in the framework of Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC) 3–5 May 2008". UNFPA Russia. 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Eurovision Russia: Alex Sparrow is back !". esctoday.com. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (26 September 2019). "John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz Join Steve Carell in Netflix's 'Space Force'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Welcome to Allvoices". allvoices.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2015.

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Preceded by
Peter Nalitch
with Lost and Forgotten
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2011
Succeeded by
Buranovskiye Babushki
with Party for Everybody