ussian singer Vitas has been immortalized in wax in China, participating in the ceremony celebrating the unveiling of his likeness earlier this month in Guangzhou.
Vitáliy Vladasovich Grachyov came to fame in the early 2000s thanks to his impressive, near five-octave vocal range, unique falsetto, and “weird” look.
However, after rumors of the alien-looking artist having gills and superpowers were proven false, his popularity declined as quickly as it ascended in the West.
Nevertheless, Vitas has managed to remain somewhat popular in China, particularly with young women.
His career in the mainland started in 2006 when he performed as part of “The Year of Russia in China” event organized by CCTV. Since then, he has toured extensively in China, recorded music for Chinese film soundtracks, and even voiced characters in Chinese in movies.
This popularity has at last culminated with a wax figure at Skyone Celebrity Wax Museum near to Guangzhou’s Canton Tower.
The performer recently posted a video of himself speaking Russian with Chinese subtitles added below, a common practice for foreign celebrities trying to expand their audience on Weibo. The singer declared that he hopes China-Russia friendship will last forever.
Just two days after the grand reveal, Vitas’ name popped up again on Chinese social media.
The third season of the popular online singing competition “The Coming One” saw Guangzhou-hailing Su Beibei (苏北北) flawlessly singing his outrageously challenging hit “Opera 2.” The video has reached over 2.27 million views in just five days.