Local singer Masya Masyitah outsings 3,000 others to win international contest


The 20-year-old walked away with the grand prize worth RM160,000. Photo: Filepic

Masya Masyitah, 20, emerged champion in an international online singing contest, beating out some 3,000 contenders.

Yippi Live Star Quest 2020 saw contestants from around Asia live stream their music performances on the messaging app, Yippi, since July.

In a span of four months, users voted for their favourite performances, whittling down the competition from some 3,000 contestants to only two – Malaysia's Masya and Phem from The Philippines.

During the grand finale, which took place on Oct 25, Masya sang her way to the hearts of the audience with a mix of English, Mandarin and Tagalog songs and was crowned the winner.

"Perhaps one of the factors that contributed to my win was my ability to speak and sing in Mandarin, which attracted the attention of the Chinese community," she told Harian Metro after walking away with the grand prize worth RM160,000.

"Seeing someone who's Malay speak so fluently in Mandarin made me stand out. I hope that my win has made our country proud."

The Kulim, Kedah native is no stranger to winning international competitions, having won the Most Potential Young Artiste title at the Asia Music Awards in Shenzhen, China last year.

She also came in second at the Hong Kong International Music Festival in 2016.

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