Amellia Anisovych, the adorable 7-year-old who went viral after singing “Let It Go” in a Kyiv bomb shelter, got to sing the Ukrainian national anthem at the “Together for Ukraine” benefit concert on Sunday. The little girl performed for a packed soccer stadium, and people can’t stop raving about her.
The Ukrainian girl performed at the Atlas Arena stadium in Lodz, Poland. She wore a traditional Ukrainian embroidered dress, and her hair was in pigtails. The charity concert was broadcasted live. Thousands of people in the audience held up lights during her performance. If she was nervous, it was certainly hard to tell. Her voice was clear and strong.
Anisovych performed alongside Marcin Wyrostek, Dagadana, Igo, Jerry Heil and Daria Zawialow. The event was put on by the Polish Humanitarian Action.
The “Together for Ukraine” charity concert raised over $380,000 donations from viewers. TVN Media donated another $800,000 to the cause. All the money will help support the Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing their country during the war with Russia.
Amellia Anisovych first went viral after a video of her singing “Let It Go” in a Kyiv bomb shelter was shared on the Internet. The 7-year-old girl was in the bomb shelter with some of her classmates and her amazing singing voice was able to calm them down.
The “Let It Go” video soon caught the attention of many celebrities, including Idina Menzel, who played Elsa in the Disney movie, and Josh Gad, who played Olaf the snowman. The two actors posted the video on Twitter and shared touching messages of support for Amellia Anisovych and the people of Ukraine.
Idina Menzel said, “We see you. We really, really see you,” along with blue and yellow hearts representing the Ukraine colors. Josh Gad tweeted, “My heart is overwhelmed. These poor children. These poor people. I want to hug and protect this and every other child in danger right now and I feel helpless.”
The viral video also caught the attention of Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the music for Frozen with her husband. She posted the video on her Twitter account, and she had a sweet message for the 7-year-old Ukrainian girl. She said, “Dear Little Girl with the beautiful voice, my husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain. The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads the light in your heart and heals everyone who hears it. Keep singing! We are listening!”
Amellia Anisovych fled Ukraine with her grandmother and siblings on March 9. The young girl’s parents are reportedly still in the country. Anisovych spoke to BBC Breakfast after the video went viral and said that it’s her dream to be a singer.
She said, “I practice singing every day in the morning, afternoon and evening… it has always been my dream to sing.”
Anisovych’s mother said that she always knew her daughter was talented but is a little sad that she went viral amid so much death and destruction. She said, “I always knew Amelia was very talented and a sweet angel and now the whole world knows the same.”
The video was first posted by Marta Smekhova, with permission from the girl’s mother. Smekhova, who posted the video on Facebook, later explained the impact of the sweet girl and her song. She said, “Look, Russians, against whom you are fighting! Only a coward can fight against civilians, take away childhood from defenseless children! You let your children go to the stew, making them into cannon meat… and our children radiate light, and even in a raw dark basement it does not blink, but ignites even brighter!”
Since Russia started the war in Ukraine, over 3.5 million citizens have fled the country. According to UN data, Poland has taken over 2 million of those refugees. Most of those fleeing have been children.