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Which accent is the sexiest? - www.channel4.com- 22/11/2008

You've Got (Voice) Mail

How important is the sound of your voice when it comes to dating? Are Northern lads sexy? Are Welsh gals wanted? Are posh totties hotties?

Take a look at the results of our survey and start honing your accents... it could be your key to success...

They look good, the credentials are there, but then they go and open their mouth and all your hopes are dashed - there's just no way you could live with, or even spend an hour with, THAT voice.

Thankfully, we've introduced a new voice greeting service to our dating area that means you won't just have to judge your chosen book by its cover, you can also check out a few pages by listening to their vocal tones.

And very important this is too, with 58% of women and 42% of men saying a person's voice is as important as their appearance when choosing someone to date. So where does your accent fit in? And what about all those other regional voices out there? Here's what the survey discovered...

What the guys say...

The top five accents the guys go for:

1. Essex (41%) 2. Welsh (38%) 3. Scottish (12%) 4. West Country (8%) 5. Brummie (5%)

According to the men, it's the Essex girls that really get them going and was voted the sexiest sounding accent by an astonishing 41% of the men questioned. No wonder Chantelle Houghton is on the front of every magazine.

Another top favourite amongst the lads was the lingering tones of the Welsh ladies. 38% found the lilting Welsh accent irresistible. It seems that Charlotte Church isn't the only lady with the voice of an angel, and as for Imogen in the Big Brother House, she seems to have the package deal!

The biggest turn off for the guys was a northern lass. Despite famous northern beauties such as Coleen Mcloughlin and Cat Deeley, only 9% of men were turned on by a Scouse, Brummy or Manchurian accent.

What the girls say...

The top five accents the girls go for:

1. Scottish (35%) 2. Brummie (16%) 3. Manchunian (18%) 4. Scouse (17%) 5. Welsh (5%)

Surprisingly, the female preferences could not be more different to the lad's with only 5% of women attracted to a Welsh accent. It seems the ladies really go crazy for the lads 'up north'. Those cheeky Northern Monkeys came out tops, with a combined 51% of the female vote.

And the ladies love a highland fling. Over 35% of women choose the Scottish accent as the sexiest around and with Ewan McGregor as a prime example, who can blame them? The West Country accent was by far the least popular choice amongst the ladies. Oo-urrr.

It's all over for the posh totty...

People once aspired to speak 'posh', but now it's seen as naff. Criticised for spending far too long slurring out a single word, posh voices were favoured by just 12% of females and 19% of the males questioned. Celebrity culprits include Tara-Palmer Thompkinson and Hugh Grant.

A more working class dialect is now the thing, as indicated in the lad's vote for the Essex accent. With the incessant rise of the chav, flat vowels and a dropping of the t's has become the talk of the 21st century. Innit.

Deep and husky drives us crazy...

Both the men and the women agreed that a deep husky voice was irresistible. For 61% of the ladies, a deep and dulcet tone, such as the legendary Barry White was by far the sexiest, whilst high-pitched voices such as David Beckham's were a definite turn-off (mind you, the millions make up for it!). Similarly, 58% of men stated that a smouldering and smokey tone, such as DJ Emma B, really got them going. What are we going to do, gargle with razor blades?

The voice greeting service

The voice greeting service allows you to record a three-minute introduction about yourself that other members can listen to. But hurry, don't miss out of the free introductory offer for all members. You've seen the picture, emailed back and forth, all that's left is to hear the sound of their voice... it could make all the difference!


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