Paradorn top pick for man of the year

The Nation, Published on Dec 23, 2002

Tennis sensation and heartthrob Paradorn Srichaphan is Thailand's "Man of the Year 2002" by a long shot, according to a recent poll by Assumption University.

Paradorn beat out politicians to secure the number-one spot with more than 54 per cent of 1,472 respondents naming him their top seed in 2002, Abac Poll said.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was a distant second with just 27 per cent of the votes and Justice Minister Purachai Piumsombun was third with a mere 6.5 per cent, Abac said. The university surveyed residents in Bangkok and surrounding areas between December 11 and 21. It found that the favourite Thai movies were "Mekong Full Moon Party", "Saving Private Tootsie" and "Pee Hoa Kad", or "Headless Ghost".

Eighty-four per cent of respondents named Paradorn as the country's most famous athlete, followed by footballer Kiatisak "Zico" Senamuang with 5.1 per cent and women's tennis star Tamarine Tanasugarn with 1.9 per cent. "Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets", the latest Bond flick "Die Another Day" and alien spoof "Men in Black II" were the most popular foreign films.

Actor of the year went to Jessadapon "Tik" Pholdee, while Willy McIntosh and Andrew Gregson took supporting roles.

Katleeya McIntosh, Katleeya English and Ann Tongprasom were the country's favourite actresses.

In the world of song, the most popular male singers were pop king Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre, rocker Sek Loso and luk thung superstar Mike Piromporn.

The most popular female singers were Thanapon "Parn" Vakprayoon, Jintara Poonlab and Mai Charoenpura.