5 from Singapore head to China for audition
Two contestants were last-minute additions to original trio for China Super Vocal audition
Five contestants from the China Super Vocal Singapore audition final flew to Shanghai, China, earlier today for their first closed-door audition tomorrow.
It is for popular Chinese reality TV singing competition of the same name, which was previously known as The Voice of China.
Contestants Zhang Zhi Ling, 25, and Curley Gao, 17, were told two days after the Singapore audition final, which was held at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel on May 21, that they would be joining the top three finalists, Olinda Cho, Ng Chee Yang, and Elizabeth Low.
The trio were the only ones who could represent Singapore, but the show's directors decided to include two more contestants.
Zhang, a freelance piano teacher from Malaysia, told The New Paper over the phone: "I was very elated and excited when I got the call.
"I was worried about the short preparation time, but I am quite well-prepared because I have already selected a few songs. (Overall), I feel confident."
Beijing-born Gao, a student from Dunman High School, said: "I was in tears because I was so happy. It was quite shocking for me because I wasn't supposed to have the chance to go at all. I don't usually listen to Chinese songs, so I had to choose my songs properly."
- Tracy Low
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