Verka Serduchka

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Cyrillic ( Ukrainian )
Андрій Михайлович Данилко ( Вєрка Сердючка )
Transl. : Andrij Mychajlovyč Danylko ( Vjerka Serdjučka )
Transcr. : Andrij Mychajlowytsch Danylko (Wjerka Serdjutschka)
Cyrillic ( Russian )
Андрей Михайлович Данилко (Верка Сердючка)
Transl .: Andrej Michajlovič Danilko (Verka Serdjučka)
Transcr .: Andrei Michailowitsch Danilko (Werka Serdjutschka)
Verka Serduchka (2007)

Andrij Mychajlowytsch Danylko (born October 2, 1973 in Poltava ) is a Ukrainian pop singer who plays the character of the cheeky, elderly lady " Verka Serduchka " and who became well-known under this artist name. As Serduchka, Danylko's career began with sketch appearances in the Ukraine.


Verka Serduchka (center) at the ESC 2007 in Helsinki
With Dana International at an ESC party in Belgrade, May 2008

Andrij Danylko comes from a humble background. In primary school , shy Andrij promised his classmate Anna Serdjuk to make her name famous one day. With the pseudonym "Serduchka", a diminutive of the girl's surname, he kept his promise.

In 1997 he got a leading role as "Verka Serduchka" in a comedy talk show on Ukrainian television. The show also gained some notoriety in Russia and Belarus .

Andrij Danylko mostly sings on Suržik .

Eurovision Song Contest

In the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki Andrij Danylko represented the Ukraine as Verka Serduchka with the title Dancing Lasha Tumbai and took second place.

The meaningless text passage Lasha Tumbai was understood by many listeners as a Russia goodbye . Danylko claims that the acoustic similarity is accidental and that a statement directed against Russia is not intended. Numerous concert and festival organizers nevertheless refused to let Danylko perform. Danylko himself suspects that this is caused by circles of the first Russian national television channel , who are jealous of his success in the singing competition.


In 2015 Danylko played his star role as Verka Serduchka in the movie Spy - Susan Cooper Undercover .


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Dancing Lasha Tumbai
  DE 74 07/27/2007 (4 weeks)
  AT 49 07/27/2007 (5 weeks)
  CH 53 05/27/2007 (1 week)
  UK 28 05/26/2007 (2 weeks)


  • 2002: Ja roshdena dlja ljubwi (я рождена для любви)
  • 2003: Tschita-drita
  • 2003: Cha-ra-scho
  • 2004: At-litsch-na
  • 2004: Shenicha chotela
  • 2006: Tralli-Valli
  • 2007: Dancing Europe
  • 2007: Gop Gop Gop
  • 2008: Doremi Doredo


  • 1999: Gop Gop Gop (Hopp! Hopp! Hopp!)
  • 2005: Harasho
  • 2007: Dancing Lasha Tumbai
  • 2007: Chita Drita
  • 2007: Kiss Please
  • 2008: I am Eurovision Queen
  • 2008: Thu re mi
  • 2008: food
  • 2012: Switter
  • 2015: Spy Party
  • 2019: Make it rain champagne


  • 2002: Verka Serduchka Best: Neisdannoje
  • 2003: Musykalny Olimp

Web links

Commons : Verka Serduchka  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Verka Serduchka - POP SINGER on
  2. a b Verka Serduchka,
  3. Samoie intieriesnoie o surzhikie i iegho primienienii, ( Memento of the original from February 19, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Surzhik protiv ukrainy kto kogo,
  5. Gonenija Verki Serdjučki v Rossii at
  7. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK