What was a moment of triumph for Malaysian teenager Annabella Chua turned into disappointment when she became the first contestant to make it through the blind auditions of popular talent talent contest Sing! China Season Three, only to be cut out of the show entirely.
Chua had been the first Malaysian to perform at the auditions, which were recorded from June 20 till July 6. The 17-year-old student, who hails from Kota Tinggi, Johor impressed the judges (Jay Chou, Harlem Yu, Nicholas Tse and China's Li Jian) with her rendition of JJ Lin’s catchy Love U U, and snagged a spot in Team Jay Chou in the process.
But it was not to be, as the 17-year-old found herself edited out of the first episode of the TV show, which premiered on Zhejiang Television on July 13.
Viewers who watched the show live, on July 13, managed to catch Chua’s scenes in the blind audition. But those who watched later discovered that Chua’s entire audition had been edited out of the show’s first episode, which is currently available on its official Youtube channel.
Apparently, the reason for her removal was because the new rules for Season Three does not allow contestants below 18 years of age. Chua, who was also a finalist in The Voice (Singapore and Malaysia Season One) last year, only turns 18 in November, thus disqualifying her from the contest.
The first two seasons of Sing! China had seen two teenage Malaysian girls from Penang participating in the competition. Both were only 16 years of age, and made good progress in the competition. Season One’s Jeryl Lee made the Top Six while Season Two’s Janice Tan made it to the knockout rounds.
Chua has declined to comment on the unfortunate turn of events, while posting messages thanking Sing! China for beautiful memories.
Here is Chua's blind audition, which was edited out of Sing! China Season Three Episode One: