Singapore Idol's Olinda Cho, Campus Superstar's Ng Chee Yang among three to compete in China Super Vocal

(Left to right) Liu Jia Hui, 22, Olinda Cho, 35 and Ng Chee Yang, 26, beat nine other hopefuls to represent Singapore at China Super Vocal 2016.
(Left to right) Liu Jia Hui, 22, Olinda Cho, 35 and Ng Chee Yang, 26, beat nine other hopefuls to represent Singapore at China Super Vocal 2016. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Olinda Cho, 35, one of the three winners from Singapore who will head to China to competed in China Super Vocal.
Olinda Cho, 35, one of the three winners from Singapore who will head to China to competed in China Super Vocal. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Olinda Cho, 35, one of the three winners from Singapore who will head to China to competed in China Super Vocal.
Olinda Cho, 35, one of the three winners from Singapore who will head to China to competed in China Super Vocal. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
(From left) Former Singapore Idol's Olinda Cho, Campus Superstar champion Ng Chee Yang and graphic designer Liu Jia Hui will represent Singapore in the popular singing contest, China Super Vocal 2016.
(From left) Former Singapore Idol's Olinda Cho, Campus Superstar champion Ng Chee Yang and graphic designer Liu Jia Hui will represent Singapore in the popular singing contest, China Super Vocal 2016. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Singapore Idol's Olinda Cho, Campus Superstar champion Ng Chee Yang and freelance graphic designer Liu Jia Hui are going to China to compete in the popular TV contest China Super Vocal.

They were announced as the winners of the Singapore leg of the contest after a three-hour sing-off featuring 12 finalists on Saturday night (May 21) at Hard Rock Hotel's The Coliseum.

Cho, 35, who currently runs a talent agency Nu Management with model Sheila Sim, said it would be a "different feeling to sing for your country".

When asked whom among China Super Vocal's judges she would like as her mentor, she said she was torn between Chinese singers Wang Feng and Na Ying, both of whom will be judging this season's competition alongside Taiwanese singer-songwriters Jay Chou and Harlem Yu.

Ng, who won televised student singing competition Campus Superstar in 2006, said that he was "very grateful for this opportunity". The professional singer-actor is currently performing with a cappella group Vocalosity in the United States, where he is now based.

The 26-year-old continued: "I'm just going to do what I do best, and it's not about winning. It's about saying 'Hey, I'm back' because I've been away for so long."

Liu, 22, was giddy with happiness after making it to the top three. She managed to say: "I'm very, very stunned. I really hope to go far in the competition."

After each of the 12 finalists performed a song of their choice, the list was whittled down to the top five, which included Bei Jia Er and Zhang Zhi Ling. The judges - radio deejay Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang, producer-songwriter Billy Koh and singer-songwriters Paul Lee Wei Song and Dick Lee - then gave each of the final five a second song to perform.

Cho delivered a powerful first performance of Wanderer's Love Song by Wu Bai & China Blue, which she followed with an emotionally charged rendition of I Waited Till The Flowers Wilted Away by Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung in the second round.

Ng performed Remember by Taiwanese songstress A-mei, hitting the high notes effortlessly. Subsequently, he impressed the judges a second time with the JJ Lin ballad If Only.

Liu's rendition of Exaggerated by Terry Lin took everyone by surprise - her sweet image did not prepare many in the audience for her deep voice and fiery performance. Her second performance, Last Train by Taiwanese pop star Hsiao Huang Chi, was just as riveting.

Koh said the three winners were "a unanimous decision" and that he was particularly impressed by Cho's showmanship.

Chang was struck by Liu's voice, saying that she "has not heard a voice like hers in a long time". Similarly, Dick Lee said that he will "never forget" Liu's performance.

Lee Wei Song had a word of advice for Cho, Ng and Liu when they compete in China: "They must know why people like their voice. There are a lot of people who can sing, but personality is important. They must be themselves."

This year's edition of China Super Vocal is scheduled to air in China in July.

Originally titled The Voice Of China, the show has been rebranded China Super Vocal due to a legal dispute over the show's copyright, which is held by the Dutch producers of The Voice of Holland. The show's Chinese title Zhong Guo Hao Shen Ying remains.

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