Malaysia's 22 year old Nur Shahila Amir Amzah, or Shila Amzah as she is fondly called, won Asia's first reality singing contest in Shanghai on 20 Sept last, to become the winner of the Asian Wave 2012 contest.
She had competed against participants from China, Singapore, S.Korea, Thailand, and India and won the hearts of the judges and audience.
In the final she sang three songs, the cover version of Malaysia's Jaclyn Victor's Malay song "Gemilang" and Bruno Mar's "Grenade"
But it was her powerful rendition of the Chinese song "Zheng Fu'' 征服 by Na Ying, that clinched her the crown.
That had the host exclaiming "Wow. Oh my God!".
One of the judges, famous Chinese composer, Gao Xiaosong said "You gave me goosebumps. You broke my heart"
And another said that Shila was only the second person he had come across to have such rare talent.
That's a load of compliments!
Shila had earlier endeared herself to the audience and the judges when she sang Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" and Lee Hom's "Forever Love"
Shila sings powerfully and with all her heart, reminiscent of Malaysia's pop diva Siti Nurhaliza
But this one really rocks!
Shila had promised to go back to China more often and sing more Chinese songs and to learn Mandarin as she said Mandarin is a beautiful language.
Her father, Amir Hamzah Salleh, whom she had thanked profusely for her success, was also a singer himself.
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