UK pop star Jessie J on Apr 13, 2018 became the non-Chinese winner of a popular music variety show in China. Jessie competed against six other known Chinese singers to be the “King of Singers” on the programme Singer, shown on Hunan TV.
The others included Chinese rock musician Wang Feng, ethnic Mongolian singer-songwriter Tenggel, and Taiwanese singer Zhang Shaohan (also known as Angela Chang).
The contestants vied for the final spot with two rounds of performances. Jessie sang her big hit Bang Bang and the Whitney Houston version of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You. Meanwhile, Tenggel delivered a traditional folk song with multicultural presentation.
Jessie’s performances on Singer drew a large local audience to the show. The former The Voice UK coach said she did not join the Chinese show for an award but to bring more good works to the audience. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network.
Last year I was asked to compete in a singing competition in China. Performing alongside the biggest established singers / artists across Asia. I was the first international artist to ever be asked / compete. An honour alone. I know a lot of people were shocked when they found out. Like why would I compete in a singing competition… I’m probably the least competitive person I know. I said yes because I LOVE to do the unexpected and I LOVE to represent the UK and singing everywhere I go. I LOVE to sing. But also it was an opportunity to bridge a gap between two cultures. For them to see a western performer and hear music some had never heard before and visa versa. For the performances to be seen by millions outside of China and visa versa. And those people to discover the show was the best part. The respect being shown for both cultures and the love was ❤ Seeing the boundaries break down and the rules be shifted made this whole experience incredible. China is an amazing place and so different to anywhere I have ever been. I have never been made to feel more welcomed and loved as I have done here. My team and I have been in China for 3.5 months. It’s been an amazing learning experience for all of us! We worked hard! THANK YOU! I love you all! 💫 I won the show last night. But what we all won was the beginning of something really magical. I am so happy I got to play a part. Here is to me being the first but not the last international artist to be on SINGER. And for the boundaries to continue to be broken. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! I still cant believe I came 1st! 🏆 Last night a billion people watched the show | MAD ✨😭🙏🏻🌹❤