Britain's Jessie J will compete with China's Wang Feng in the new season of Hunan TV's The Singer


   British pop star Jessie J (left) is in the starting line-up for The Singer 2018, along with Chinese rock star Wang Feng.
British pop star Jessie J (left) is in the starting line-up for The Singer 2018, along with Chinese rock star Wang Feng.PHOTO: REUTERS, MEDIACORP

BEIJING - Hunan TV's contest for stars, The Singer, is going a little more international.

British pop star Jessie J is in the starting line-up for The Singer 2018, the show announced on Wednesday (Jan 3). The other singers include Chinese rock star Wang Feng, Taiwanese pop star Angela Chang and Taiwanese singer Sam Lee.

The new season premieres on Jan 12, and Jessie J is said to have arrived in China on Jan 2 for the taping, NetEase website reported.

She is the Chinese television show's first Anglo-American contestant, though not the first singer outside the Chinese pop world to be taking part in the contest.

Last year, Kazakh breakout star Dimash Kudaibergen came in second in the show formerly titled I Am A Singer, behind a big name in Chinese popular music, Hong Kong's Sandy Lam.

Singapore's Kit Chan and Malaysia's Shila Amzah are among the stars who have taken part in past seasons of I Am A Singer, Hunan TV's adaptation of a South Korean MBC show.