By CGTN's Zhang Ke, Luo Chen
As 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kazakhstan, cultural exchanges between the two countries have become more frequent.
Recently, 22-year-old Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen shot to fame in China after his stunning performance on "Singer 2017," the fifth season of the popular Chinese TV show. Here's his story.
On the night of April 15, Dimash Kudaibergen once again stunned Chinese audiences with his amazing vocal performance of "Earth Song” at the finale of “Singer 2017,” taking home the second place prize.
The end of the exhausting three-month competition was, for other participating singers, a relief. But Dimash said he wanted the competition to last longer.
Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen. /CFP Photo
In 1994, Dimash was born into a family of singers in the Kazakh city of Aktobe. He began to attend piano and vocal studies at the age of five.
In 2015, he won the International Slavic Bazaar Music Festival. And he was one of the most popular young singers of Kazakhstan when he was invited by Hong Tao, director of “Singer 2017,” to participate in the show at the beginning of 2017.
When the Kazakh singer showed up at the prestigious show, he conquered more ears.
Dimash at the stage of “Singer 2017." /CFP Photo
He stole the spotlight with his rendition of French singer Daniel Balavoine’s “S.O.S. D’un Terrien En Détresse,” his angelic voice striking a chord with the audience. He won the first victory in a fierce rivalry with established and top-selling Chinese singers -- the likes of Sandy Lam, Michael Wong and Jam Hsiao.
With just one song, Dimash became famous overnight in China. His name was soon discussed all over social media.
In the following episodes of the show, Dimash continued to captivate more fans with his great lung capacity and ease in reaching high notes -- very high notes!
Dimash became famous overnight in China because of his stunning voice. /CFP Photo
The TV show has also been broadcast in Kazakhstan, and created a buzz among viewers there.
"I hope the friendship between Kazakhstan and China lasts forever. As a singer, I'll try my best to do what I can for cultural exchanges between the two countries," said Dimash.