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Shila Amzah wins Asian Wave in Chinese!

Shila Amzah, 22, sang three number one hits. -Daily Chilli.

Tue, Sep 25, 2012
The Daily Chilli

Five years ago she came this close to being One In A Million, but lost that singing competition to Norayu Damit.

In an amazing turnaround, Nur Shahila Amir Hamzah has become one in several millions, after beating contestants from China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, India and Singapore, to win the first Asian Wave pop talent show in Shanghai.

Shila Amzah, 22, sang three number one hits-Set Fire To The Rain by Adele, Grenade by Bruno Mars, and Gemilang by Malaysian Idol winner Jaclyn Victor-to scoop the most number of online votes from home viewers.

But her delivery of a Mandarin song originally done by Chinese pop star Na Ying-a song that's also been covered by Siti Nurhaliza-brought the studio audience and the judges to their feet, and rendered the show's host Lin Hai speechless.

All he could muster was, "Wow, oh my god!"

The panel of 10 judges-comprising the region's top stars like Malaysia's Eric Moo, Hong Kong's Hacken Lee, China's Sun Nan, Taiwan's Phil Chang and Jerry Huang-gave her a standing ovation, while Chinese composer Gao Xiaosong praised her by saying, "You gave me goose bumps. You broke my heart."

The other judges were India's 'Big Sister' Anaida, Japan's bossa nova queen Lisa Ono, Thailand's Pang and K-pop star Lee Min-woo.

"I'm proud to be born in Malaysia. I thank God [and] I would like to thank Asian Wave for letting me be a part of this competition," Shila said, choking back tears of joy as the studio audience rose to their feet to applaud when Cantopop legend Alan Tam handed her the trophy.

"To all my fans, thank you for making me feel so blessed. I will be here more often and I want to learn more Mandarin because it's a beautiful language."

She also thanked her dad, '80s pop star Amir Hamzah Salleh aka ND Lala, and introduced him from his seat. "My dad, if not because of him, I wouldn't be singing today, and I would like to thank you so much," she said, hugging him.

Shila had been consistent throughout the competition and had already endeared herself to viewers earlier in the programme when she sang another Mandarin song by Leehom Wang, an American-born pop star based in Taiwan.

The other Malaysians in the competition were Athena Beh, Lau Wan Yin, and boy band A7 which comprised of the contestants from Astro Star Quest.

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