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Jessie J wins Chinese TV singing competition

By | Published on Tuesday 17 April 2018

Jessie J

Jessie J has become the first non-Chinese artist to win TV talent show ‘Singer’ in the country. She took the prize with a performance of ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Unlike ‘X-Factor’ et al, the gimmick on ‘Singer’ is that the contestants are already well-known. Originally a South Korean show, the Chinese version first aired in 2013, under the name ‘I Am A Singer’.

Posting¬†a video of her performance on Instagram, Jessie J said: “‘I Will Always Love You’ is the song that made me want to be a singer when I was four years old. I have wanted to sing this song for years. Trust me, but I only ever wanted to sing it if and when I felt I had earned it and deserved it. Singing Whitney is an honour. She is the best to ever do it”.

Glossing over exactly why she was performing the song, she continued: “This moment was live on TV in China and just before I went on someone said ‘a billion people are watching tonight’. I fought back tears/jetlag/my voice legit going to sleep before I could and sang as best I could. I wanted to make the four year old me/Whitney/my mum and dad/my team and all my [fans] around the world proud. I cried like a baby after the last note. Thank you China for giving me this moment”.

The first singer born outside mainland China or Hong Kong to win the competition, Jessie J beat Chinese musicians Hua Chenyu and Wang Feng. All three will return with other contestants for a finale concert to end the series this Friday.