K-pop-trained singer wins Voice Of China, in another victory for coach Na Ying

Beijing - Zhang Bichen, a K-pop-trained singer from Tianjin, won the third season of The Voice Of China last night.

Towards the end of the finale of the singing competition, Zhang and Perhat, a gravelly-voiced singer from Urumqi, were the last two contestants standing.

In the showdown, Perhat sang the folk song Why Are The Flowers So Red and won thunderous applause in the Capital Indoor Stadium, said NetEase website. Zhang matched his performance, turning the ballad Where Did The Time Go into a delicate tearjerker.

Zhang, 25, a former member of K-pop group Sunny Days, was voted the winner by a 101-member jury and the stadium audience. It is the second time a contestant coached by pop star Na Ying has won the show.

After the results were announced, Na went on stage to hug Zhang, but not before giving a bouquet of flowers to Perhat, 32, a contestant from rocker Wang Feng's team. Later, Na said she was stunned by Perhat's final performance and thought of him as the real champion.

Yu Feng, 22, an American-educated finalist from singer Yang Kun's team, came third in the contest. Qin Yuzi, 26, a Chinese-American finalist from singer Chyi Chin's team, was fourth.

Li Wei and Zhou Shen, pop tenors from Na's team, won a prize for song of the year for their duet Lake Baikal. They performed it again, in another highlight of the night.

Zhejiang Satellite TV's The Voice Of China is a huge television event in China.

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