Twenty-four-year-old Australian-born Sheldon Lo (羅孝勇) took the gold award home for the 2012 New Talent Singing Championship, hosted by TVB’s Mandarin-language channel, TVB8.
The International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship was held at TVB City on September 29. Thirteen contestants hailing from Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand competed in front of a panel of judges to win the chance to earn a music contract with various record labels in Hong Kong.
The contestants went through a total of four rounds. The first round required the contestants to perform their own chosen songs, and five of them were eliminated. In the second round, the remaining eight contestants competed against each other, and half were eliminated. On the third round, the four contestants competed against one of the five judges, which included singers Ivana Wong (王菀之), Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁), Tan Vui Chuan (陳威全), Elisa Chan (陳潔靈), Justin Lo (側田), and Steve Wong (黃家強). On the final round, the remaining two competitors went against each other by performing a difficult song hand-picked by the organizers. These songs included Hanjin Tan and MC Jin’s No Time for Regrets <沒時間後悔>, Justin Lo’s Hard Life <命硬>, Ivana Wong’s Water Lilies <水百合>, Tan Vui Chuan’s I Love Him <我愛他>, and Steve Wong’s The Cries from Afar <遠方的哭泣>.
King Kong (金剛), Paisley Wu (胡蓓蔚), and Auston Lam (林師傑) were the presenters for this year’s competition. Kim Ja Yong (金子永), winner of the 2012 CMB Chin Chin Singing Competition of South Korea, also attended the New Talent Singing Championship as a guest performer.
Hong Kong representative and gold prize winner, Sheldon Lo, had already caught the attention of the Hong Kong public in 2010, after winning third place in 2010’s The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2>. Viewers and judges were most impressed with Sheldon’s own composition, Speechless, which he performed in the final round of competition in The Voice 2. However, it was his performance of OneRepublic’s Apologize that won him the third place titleholder.
Silver prize winner was 24-year-old Wang Yinglong (王應龍), from Sichuan, China. Bronze holder was 22-year-old Emily Hui (許家欣) from Toronto, Canada.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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