Russian pop singer best known for his 2005 appearance on The X Factor and for his 2011 performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. He has released such singles as "Get You" and "Russkie Zabili." He frequently performs and records under the English-language stage name of Alex Sparrow.
An actor as well as a singer, he trained at the renowned Moscow Art Theatre and appeared in the American thriller The Vatican Tapes. In 2013, he was in a car crash in Los Angeles that caused a traumatic brain injury. He has since returned to recording and acting.
He was born in Tula, Russia to a housewife mother and a businessman father.
He and fellow Russian pop singer Julia Volkova were both born during the 1980s.