Malay singer wins Chinese reality singing competition

10 July 2013 / 3 years 3 months ago

Photos: BH, ST, SUTRA, SHILA AMZAH, BHM, HARIAN METRO, SAODAH ISMAILMeet Shila Amzah, a Malay singer who won Chinese reality singing competition, Asian Wave, held in Shanghai last year.The 23-year-old's rendition of Mandarin songs at the regional contest for professional Asian singers managed to capture the hearts of the audience and judges.Her enunciation was so good that she has been told she has fooled many into thinking that she can speak Mandarin fluently from the way she sings, she told The New Paper.In reality, when she first joined Asian Wave, she only knew a smattering of Mandarin from her two years in a Chinese primary school and she memorised the Mandarin songs. She could barely string a sentence in Mandarin together.One of the judges, Chinese composer-songwriter Gao Xiaosong, 43, said of Shila's performance of Na Ying's Zheng Fu (Conquer), "She overcame the language obstacle. Despite not fully knowing the lyrics of the song, she could sing right into our hearts and make us feel her emotions... She really conquered us all."Shila was also up against K-pop boybands Teen Top, ZE:A and Cross Gene.Winning the Asian Wave almost did not become a reality as she had declined to join at first due to bad experiences. She came in second in Malaysian singing competition One In A, Million in 2008, and was also eliminated from another Malay singing competition, Mania, a week before the final concert in May last year.She has been wearing the hijab for about a year, and initially was told to change her image by removing it or only wearing it sometimes.So she gave Shanghai Media Group an ultimatum -- it's either she keeps her hijab on, or she forgoes the six-year-contract with them.Video:Shila Amzah - All performances

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