Looking and sounding like Teresa Teng

Looking and sounding like Teresa Teng
Tong Yao.

China singer Tong Yao not only has sweet pristine vocals that sound like those of Teresa Teng, she also looks like the late Mandopop superstar.

She has even taken Teng as a role model in the way she conducts herself - elegantly and with dignity.

"My mother supports the fact that I'm learning from Ms Teng in every aspect. The only thing she warns me about is this: Don't remain unmarried," she says over the telephone from Guangdong, where she is performing.

Teng was 42 when she died from a severe respiratory attack while holidaying in Thailand in 1995. While she was linked to a few suitors, including action star Jackie Chan, she never married.

In her heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, she was without doubt one of the biggest singers in the world, with a repertoire that also included Japanese and English songs.

Tong, who last performed here in 2005, remains popular and more than 85 per cent of the tickets to her Best Of Teresa Teng 2013 concert at Esplanade Concert Hall on Oct 15 have been sold.

The Sichuan native's connection to the Taiwanese legend was firmly established when she won a singing competition in China in 2001, which sought to discover a singer who sounded most like Teng.

It attracted more than 1,000 contestants and was called Xiaochenggushi (Small Town Story), the title of a hit ballad by Teng.

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