Singaporean Yvonne Chua is not giving up on her showbusiness dreams despite being eliminated from three reality talent shows.
She was most recently kicked out on last Saturday's episode of regional TV talent competition Scoot: K-pop Star Hunt, which is currently airing on Channel M, reports The Straits Times.
"I don't know when I will stop. This is really what I want to do. That's why I didn't get a 9 to 5 job after college," said the 24-year-old freelance dance instructor, who graduated last year from the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore.
She had auditioned for K-pop Star Hunt last year and got into the top 15 of the Singapore leg.
But for her second shot at K-pop Star Hunt, she said bad luck led to her early elimination. She was ousted within a week of arriving in Seoul in October.
"I prepared well for the contest. A month before leaving for Seoul, I was listening to K-pop songs and choosing songs that would showcase my vocals," she said.
The odds were not in her favour in the second round of the contest when she was assigned to sing BoA's Only One, a soulful ballad with challenging high-pitch notes.
"I'm not a powerhouse singer. I excel in the lower range, my downfall were the high notes," she recalled. "I was very disappointed. I cried after the filming ended, I was a bit frustrated."
She was looking forward to carving out a singing career, as the show's winner would be offered a contract with Korean entertainment company CJ E&M and record label FNC Entertainment.
During her exit interview in the show, she left a heartrending, but cryptic message. She said: "It hurts a lot, I don't want to go. There are people who (are still here that) don't want to be in the competition. I feel that I want it more than them."
Photos in the gallery below show Yvonne Chua, as well as Stephanie Koh, who both won the Singapore auditions of K-pop Star Hunt 3.