GEORGE TOWN, Sept 27 – Penangite Jeryl Lee Pei Ling, who has made it to the top six in the Sing! China competition, has arrived Penang yesterday while holding a press conference at 1st Avenue Mall here this morning. Lee, 16, are the latest Malaysian girls making waves in Chinese singing contests, following the success of Shila Amzah.
Lee, who is of mixed Chinese-Indian parentage, always dreamt of having her own concert at the famous Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest. She said qualifying for the finals was a dream come true for her so there was nothing to be apprehensive about.
“I never thought about going so far as all the other contestants were doing so well too. I am really happy that I’ve made it to the final. My dad Lee Luan Sung and mum Ivy Liew will be in China to support me during the final. I am going to do my best and will let nothing distract me,” she told the reporters during an interview.
Lee made the final after her performance in the semis wowed the judges, including China’s Na Ying, and Wang Feng, as well as Taiwan’s Jay Chou and Harlem Yu, with her rendition of “Fight Song” by Rachael Platten last Saturday. In her earlier appearances on the show, Chinese songstress Na Ying was so impressed the star chose Lee to be in her team which means she will be coached by a bona-fide star throughout.
Sing! China was formerly known as 2016 The Voice of China but was relaunched with the former name following legal disputes. In additional, Lee also said that being on the team coached by Na Ying had boosted her confidence and given her the courage to do what she loved.
“I am very thankful for the guidance and care she has given to me. She is a patient person who was willing to teach me new things. She advised me to improve my pronunciations and also reminded me that I am still young, and should be willing to learn,” she said.
During the ceremony, Huawei Technologies northern region general manager Eason Yong presented a new Huawei P9 smartphone to Lee as a gift for making the grand final. The other finalists are Singaporean Nathan Hartono, 25, and Chinese nationals Wang Chenrui, 25, Xu Geyang, 20, Jiang Dunhao, 21, and Yang Meina, 27.