Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Another Malaysian Make It Again in World Stage , Jess Lee

PETALING JAYA: Jess Lee Kar Wei made Malaysia proud by winning the seventh season of Taiwan’s wildly popular singing competition reality TV show One Million Star (also known as Superstar Avenue) on Sunday night. The homegrown vocal powerhouse, who once declared ‘Malaysia boleh! Saya boleh!’ during the competition is One Million Star’s first Malaysian champion. Her win entitles her to a cash prize of NT1mil (RM100,000) and a recording contract with Warner Music Group.

The third in a family of four girls, Lee started singing and taking vocal lessons at age eight. The 22-year-old Seremban-born lass was one of two Malaysians who made it to the final six and went on to set a record for scoring full marks four times consecutively in the final round of competition. Apart from singing English songs like What’s Up? and Beyonce’s Listen, Lee even introduced Taiwan’s audiences to a Malay song, Gemilang. Her final winning song Hui Jia (Going Home by Shunza) brought tears to One Million Star judge Kay Huang who declared that Lee was ready for the international stage.

She entered Malaysian Idol's first season in 2004, fumbled badly at auditions, but was still invited back to perform at the finals with a reverberating Kaulah Segala Nya. That was 7 years ago. She did improve when she entered Astro Star Quest in 2008. The never say die, but keep learning attitude kept her going, and she made it after 7 years .... and she is still just 22. Now she has a recording contract with Warner Music Group.

Failure doesn't mean you are going to fail forever, instead failure makes you stronger and wiser

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