Three Malaysian teenagers will be representing the country in popular reality show Sing! China Season 3, which is set to begin in July.
The top three spots at the recent Sing! China 2018 Malaysia auditions went to Danson Ooi Tiek Sing (champion), Wan Adlyn Maasyah Mohd Shah (first runner-up) and Jonathan Chee Yan Hao (second runner-up).
The trio emerged triumphant after four rounds of auditions that involved more than 1,000 applicants – 22 contestants qualified for the semi-finals, which was then reduced to 10 for the finals. Both the semis and finals were held on May 19 at the Mega Star Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
The finals pit the team of contestants against a team of celebrities in a series of head-to-head (known as PK, or Player Kill) matches. The celebrity team was led by local singer Michiyo Ho, and comprised Malaysian stars such as Namewee, Ribbon Ooi, Daniel Chezi, Danny One, Emily Kong, Daphne Charice, Ke Qing, Kate Chan, Ruby Yap and Ding Ding.
Singer-songwriters Abin Fang and Bell Yu Tian served as guest performers and judges along with radio personality Wayne Thong and actor William San, as well as music producer Billy Ong.
The organisers also invited Guizhou-born Zhang Hengyuan, the first runner-up from The Voice Of China Season 2 (2013), and Penang-born Janice Tan from the Jay Chou Team of Sing! China Season 2 (2017) to perform. The five-hour-long show was hosted by local radio personality Hana Teo.
The top three winners of Sing! China 2018 Malaysia will be sent to represent Malaysia in Sing! China Season 3 which is set to air on China’s Zhejiang Television in July 2018. Judges for Sing! China Season 3 include Taiwan’s Jay Chou and Harlem Yu, Hong Kong’s Nicholas Tse and China’s Li Jian.
Penangite Jeryl Lee was the only Malaysian who made it to Sing! China Season 1 (2016), which was won by Wang Feng Team’s Xinjiang folk singer Jiang Dunhao. Three Malaysians (Janice Tan, Jeslyn Khoo, Jeffrey Chen) took part in Sing! China Season 2 (2017), which was eventually won by Liu Huan Team’s Tibetan folk singer Tashi Phuntsok.