Dima : Voice of 2006

by Richard West-Soley 98 views

Last week was a good one for Russian runner-up of 2006, Dima Bilan; he ended it having been voted Voice of 2006 by voters in a major Russian poll.

The poll, conducted by TNS Gallup Media, canvassed music lovers from 16 to 55 years of age across a broad area of Russia, and quizzed the public on all aspects of a singing star: vocal talent, stylish appearance and 'who you can most justifiably call a sex symbol', to name just a few of the questions.

The result, which, according to the organisers "reflects the opinions of 43 million people", puts Dima firmly at the top, crowning an amazing year of success for the young singer since his second place at the Athens Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, Dima scraped in at 43rd place in the same poll; convincing evidence that he has become a true Russian superstar. He can add the latest accolade to a growing shelf of awards, including the local MTV Best Artist award, amongst others that he picked up over the last twelve months.

You can see pictures from Dima's awards party at his official site by clicking here.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.