Dimash Kudaibergenov is no ordinary 22-year-old. He is the latest sensation of Chinese TV singing competition “Singer 2017” (歌手2017), a rebranded version of “I Am A Singer” (我是歌手).
The Kazakh singer’s insanely amazing vocals wowed the show’s audience since the first round, which he won with his rendition of French singer Daniel Balavoine’s “S.O.S. D’un Terrien En Détresse”.
While Dimash was the winner of the 2015 Slavianski Bazaar Music Festival in Vitebsk, he was a relatively unknown singer prior to his participation in the talent programme. According to his Wikipedia page, he has released 6 singles so far, including “Dadidau” which he used in one of the show’s performances.
His musical and singing ability was reportedly spotted early by his parents. When he was 5 years old, he was enrolled into a local children’s music school.
Known for his unique falsetto, boyish charm, and K-Pop star-ish appearance, the Aktobe-born artiste gained immense fame after he performed Russian singer Vitas’ (real name: Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachov) hit song, “Opera #2”.
“Vitas is incredible. Pretty amazing cover though. Not many people out there can do Vitas justice,” commented one netizen on YouTube.
To date, Dimash has performed 8 songs on the show. This includes Lara Fabian’s “Adagio”, Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”. Moreover, his music partner is Chinese singer Aray Aydarhan (阿來·阿依達爾汗或稱阿來).
Here’s the song that made him China’s latest sensation:
“Singer 2017” is a 6-round TV contest where professional singers compete with each other. This season, Dimash goes up against veteran singers such as Sandy Lam (林忆莲), Jam Hsiao’s (蕭敬騰) band Lion (狮子合唱团), and Jason Zhang (张杰).
The final round is set to air on 15th April.