Malaysian singer is ready for a music battle in China

Ready for the future: Ngu Yi Qi will be Malaysia’s first and only representative at The Voice Of China Season 3.

Ready for the future: Ngu Yi Qi will be Malaysia’s first and only representative at The Voice Of China Season 3.

Singer Ngu Yi Qi, who hails from Johor, is proud to represent Malaysia at The Voice Of China.

Ngu Yi Qi, who will be Malaysia’s first and only representative at The Voice Of China Season 3, was so excited after winning the ticket to the show that she could barely keep it a secret. 

“I told my mother, but made her promise to keep mum until the press conference was over. She was so happy for me. She could barely contain her excitement – she kept asking when it would be all right to tell others,” mused Ngu during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The Voice Of China Season 3 will be Ngu’s third time participating in a reality TV singing competition. She was the second runner-up in Malaysia’s Pop Star 2011, after which she was sent to compete in Taiwan’s One Million Star 2 (2012) where she was among the top 10 finalists.

Having experienced the myriad challenges of singing competitions in both Malaysia and Taiwan, Ngu, who celebrated her 29th birthday last month, says she is mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for the pressure that will build up as the competition progresses. 

“I am ready for anything that comes my way. Now that I am able to draw from past experiences, I know that I will be able to deal with it,” she declared.

Ngu, who hails from Johor Baru, was formerly known as Virus Wu, a nickname given to her when she joined a hip-hop dance crew at age 15. The youngest of four siblings – she has two elder sisters and an elder brother – Ngu’s love for performing was encouraged by her music-loving mother, and she started learning to play the piano at age four.

The lanky girl's music tastes lean more towards rock and hip-hop, and she professes a love for American rock bands like Paramore. She used to play the keyboard and front a four-piece band called Night Catz back in her hometown for six years before the group disbanded.

Malaysian vocal coach Toni Lim, who also sat on the panel of judges for the Malaysian audition, is quite excited to be mentoring Ngu, who has not had any formal vocal training. Lim advised Ngu to expand her repertoire with the addition of popular Bahasa Malaysia songs to showcase her versatility, and to further endear her to music lovers in China.

“Her solid vocals, her versatility, her congeniality, and her ability to adapt are plus points,” said Lim, who is now focusing on preparing Ngu for the first of four rounds – the Blind Audition. The other rounds are the Battle Round, the Knockout Round, and the Grand Finals. 

"For Season Three, Taiwan’s Godfather of Chinese pop music Lo Da Yu will join the returning panel of judges, which include singing coaches Na Ying, Wang Feng and Yang Kun.

The Voice Of China Season 3 is set to air on 8TV every Saturday at 10.30pm starting July 12.