Andrey Faddeyevich Vizinsky (September 2, 1974—January 24, 2002) was a Margovyan singer-songwriter. He was the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and founder of the Margovyan post-grunge alternative hardcore rock band The Real Deal. Among the greatest hits he wrote and recorded with the band were "Road's End," "Lost in the Sea," "25," "Party Like It's 1999," "Scream and Shout," "Year-end Jam," and his posthumous hit single "Have You Ever."
Vizinsky was also known for his notable performances with the Margovyan singing contest Svolochy Showdown where he finished sixth in its 1994 season, and second in its 1998 season. He recorded one independent album and three studio albums with The Real Deal, and went on four different tours with the band.
Vizinsky died in a car accident on a way to a concert in Filipiniana, Arbatskaya on January 24, 2002 at the age of 27, making him the twelfth Margovyan musician to have joined the 27 Club, just twenty-six days after the club's last addition, solo rock artist Kazimir Maryanov, died of cardiac arrest on December 30, 2001.
Early Life (1974-1994)Edit
Andrey Vizinsky was born in Svelovsk, Ikanua on September 2, 1974 to musician Faddey Vizinsky (1940-1987) and former model and dancer Mara Ilgamova-Vizinskaya (b. 1942). He had an older brother, actor-producer Mark Vizinsky (born October 6, 1967), who is best known for his roles in the sitcom The Next Big Thing (1980-1994) alongside Konrad Maryanov, Abdul Porsenko and Vladimir Lermonov, and in the Mafiya film series (1993-2014) alongside Ivan Maryanov and Matvey Rasapinsky.
As a child, Andrey had developed a great passion for music. He started playing the guitar at age 9, and started writing songs at age 12. As a teenager, he would perform on the streets for money that eventually put him through college.
Svolochy Showdown and formation of The Real Deal (1994-1998)Edit
Vizinsky auditioned for the 1994 season of Svolochy Showdown when he was 19. As a fan of the show, he has always dreamed of someday auditioning for the talent contest, so that he could "share his talent to the world." Vizinsky, though only getting a score of 7.92 from judge Nikita Kalinin in the One Judge Judgment, went straight to the finals due to the fact that only 17 contestants got a score of 8.00 or higher (he was 18th).
While competing in the Final Countdown, he met 17 year old Tramvitumian aspiring singer Marvik Rondayev, and was partnered with him during the Top 10 Harmonization Week. Despite staying safe and advancing to the next level after their harmonized rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, both Vizinsky and Rondayev plunged to the Bottom 2 on the following round, and Rondayev got eliminated. Vizinsky got eliminated three rounds later; less than a week after that, Rondayev and Vizinsky coincidentally met outside of Svelovsk, Ikanua, and decided that since they weren't receiving responses from any record labels, they decided to form a band.
On August 6, 1994, Vizinsky formed the band with Marvik Rondayev and his brother Aleksei, where eventually, Vizinsky's best friend and college roommate Pyotr Shevchenko tagged along. Vizinsky chose the name "The Real Deal" because that's how he wanted people to remember them. "We're not just some band that got popular through connections, over-hyping and large abs; we've got the looks, we've got the music, we're the whole package," Vizinsky said in an interview with The Margovyan Chord magazine in December 1998. "We're the real deal; it's both the name of the band, and who we are as a band and as an artist."
The band started by going on gigs and performing covers of 80s and 90s rock music. Then, Vizinsky became the band's primary lyricist after the band decided to write original songs and present them to the Margovyan public. This led to the band releasing their independent album The Raging Fire in 1997 in Ikanua and the rest of Southern Margovya. The album has sold 3,800 copies all over Southern Margovya, and was submitted to different record labels in the area, including Wagner Brothers Studios, who replied to the submission with a very negative and degrading review, prompting Vizinsky to re-enter Svolochy Showdown in 1998.
Rise to Fame (1998-2001)Edit
Svolochy Showdown (1994)Edit
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||Livin' on a Prayer||Bon Jovi||N/A||Advanced|
|One Judge Judgment||Contestant's Choice||Ground Zero||The Margovyan Oldies||35||Advanced (7.92)|
|Top 20||Personal Choice||With or Without You||U2||3||Safe|
|Top 19||Personal Choice||For Grabs||Rafael, Sara and the Bodyguards||1||Safe|
|Top 18||Personal Choice|
Never Say Goodbye
|Top 17||80's rock||Highway to Hell||AC/DC||10||Safe|
|Top 16||Lionel Richie||Hello||Lionel Richie||14||Safe|
|Top 15||Either 1961, 1966, 1971 or 1976||Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1966)||Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell||11||Safe|
|Top 14||Female Original Singer/s|
|Like a Virgin||Madonna||2|
|Top 13||Bryan Adams||Summer of '69||Bryan Adams||10||Safe|
|Top 12||Songs from Movies||"Eat Me Now", from the 1990 film "Blow Jab"||Conrada Cortesova||6||Safe|
|Top 11||Either 1968, 1978 or 1988||I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (1988)||The Proclaimers||5||Safe|
|Top 10||Harmonization Week||Bohemian Rhapsody (with Marvik Rondayev)||Queen||9-10||Safe|
|Top 9||Conrada Cortesova|
Michael Learns To Rock
|Top 8||Past Performance||Ain't No Mountain High Enough||Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell||3||Safe|
|Top 7||Past performance of another contestant in the remaining lineup (draw lots)||Don't Stop Me Now||Teddyevsky||7||Safe|
|A Mile Away|
The Margovyan Oldies
Svolochy Showdown (1998)Edit
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||Fifty||Dmitri Prashko||N/A||Advanced|
|One Judge Judgment||Contestant's Choice||Jump||Van Halen||59||Advanced (9.74)|
|Top 20||Personal Choice||PCB||Anton Kumlidov||19||Safe|
|Top 19||Personal Choice||Come As You Are||Nirvana||13||Safe|
|Top 18||Same artist as previous performance||Smells Like Teen Spirit||Nirvana||10||Safe|
|Top 17||Songs from TV series||Rock This Town from the 1969 TV series The Interceptors||The Margovyan Oldies||14||Safe|
|Top 16||Special Duet Edition||Endless Love (with Gavrina Kumilyova)||Lionel Richie and Diana Ross||15-16||Safe|
|Top 15||1988-1990||Sweet Child O' Mine||Guns N' Roses||9||Safe|
|Top 14||Male and Female duet songs||Forever||Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez||11||Safe|
|Top 13||Past performance of an eliminated contestant||I'll Be There for You||The Rembrandts||1||Safe|
|Top 12||Current or previous year||Semi-Charmed Life||Third Eye Blind||8||Safe|
|Top 11||Michael Jackson|
|Top 10||Celebrity Duets Week||One Sweet Day (with Mariah Carey)||Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men||10||Safe|
|Top 9||Songs from the 80s||The Flame||Cheap Trick||3||Safe|
|Top 8||Same artist as previous performance||Voices||Cheap Trick||7||Safe|
|Top 7||Year you were born||Terminal (1974)||Rupert Holmes||7||Safe|
|Top 6||Either 1968, 1976, 1984 or 1992||Jeremy (1992)||Pearl Jam||2||Safe|
|Top 5||Personal Choice||Buddy Holly||Weezer||3||Safe|
|Previous performance of another contestant (draw lots)||Rock This Town||The Margovyan Oldies||8|
|Top 4||Debut singles||A Horse with No Name||America||2||Safe|
|Song of the same artist from at least 5 years later||You Can Do Magic||America||6|
|Top 3||Judge's Choice||Godfrey, LUBO||Rafael, Sara and the Bodyguards||2||Safe|
|Drawing Lots||Maria||The Margovyan Oldies||5|
|Personal Choice||Don't Stop Believin'||Journey||8|
|Final Showdown||Song from Idolized Artist||Let Me Go||The Margovyan Oldies||2||Runner-Up|
|Song From Favorite Movie||Arthur's Theme (from the 1981 film Arthur)||Christopher Cross||4|
|Favorite Song||You Give Love a Bad Name||Bon Jovi||6|
|Song hated the most||Don't Stop||Conrada Cortesova||8|
|Winner's Single||Road's End||Andrey Vizinsky||10|