Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen (age 24) exits the reality talent competition “The World’s Best” after singing ‘Adagio’ by Lara Fabian during the Championships round.
Performing the song with his usual flair, DiMash ended the song with his signature belting.
But after his performance, he surprised everyone with his decision to quit the competition.
Through his interpreter, DiMash said:
Good evening dear judges, the audience. I want to remind that to perform in front of you is a huge honor and happiness for me. Today, I have to compete with two little beautiful talents. That is why I want to ask you dear judges to let the children move forward and let me step out of the competition.
The American judges namely Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill, and RuPaul, and the 50 judges at the Wall of the World reacted with dismay.
American singer and record producer Faith Hill said:
First of all, your performance was amazing. But I personally feel it is a competition and whoever performs on it should be in the contest…I respect what you say, I see your heart. As a singer myself who has performed on the same stage as Whitney Houston, Adele. You think I want to come out and sing after that? No way. But you know what, this it what this competition is. It would be interesting to hear from your country
Actress Drew Barrymore nodded her head in agreement with what Faith Hill said.
Filmmaker and actress Gia Noortas of Kazakhstan who’s one of the judges in the Wall of the World section of the competition, voiced her opinion. She said:
I have to say, I do understand where DiMash is coming from. It’s our culture and let’s not forget what he’s doing. He’s opening the doors for the young kids.
RuPaul did not mince words when he expressed his opinion. He said:
The truth of the matter is how dare you disrespect this competition. We came here to see the best, the world’s best. You knew what you were getting into when you came here. You knew what you were getting into. I think this is some BS. BS.
Reactions from the judges in the wall of the world and the audience were mixed. Noortas said, “I respectfully disagree.”
Dimash replied to the judges, saying: “This is an honor to perform in front of you and this is not about my ego or something else like that.”
Host James Corden defused the tension and said:
Well, thank you Dimash. Thank you very much…Of course everybody cares about the competition. I think we have to take a minute to try and respect Dimash’s wishes. But I completely understand the frustration. Let’s not forget the incredible moments that Dimash has given us, leading to this performance tonight. We will never ever forget it. We wish you well in every endeavor of your career. We really, really do. You’re one of a kind.
In an interview after his performance, Dimash said, “I feel the judges are a little bit offended. However I believe they will realize I made the right decision.”
Dimash’s Final World’s Best Performance – The World’s Best Championships
Dimash may have won the $1 million grand prize had he continued in the competition since he was one of its frontrunners. Despite his fame and fortune, the prize is still a considerable amount of money. But since Dimash is known for his philanthropy, his voluntary exit from the competition to pave the way for younger talents is not at all surprising. His decision to quit only made his fans more proud of him.
In the end, it was India’s Lydian Nadhaswaram (age 12), a pianist who is considered a child prodigy, who emerged as the winner of “The World’s Best” and took home the $1M prize.
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