SINGAPORE- Miss Yvonne Chua was booted out just a week into the recording of popular reality TV talent series Scoot: K-pop Star Hunt 3 in Seoul.
The 24-year-old told The New Paper: "I felt that I had an edge over the rest as I can dance quite well. A judge even said I had improved. So I was shocked and disappointed that I was eliminated so early in the competition."
The freelance dance instructor added: "It was frustrating because I wanted this so badly. There were some contestants who didn't even want to be there and didn't mind going home. I felt really sad."
One of those contestants includes fellow Singaporean Stephanie Koh, who remains in the competition despite her recent questionable behaviour.
In the episode which aired last Saturday, contestants were given only a few days to practise the song that they were assigned for their performance.
Miss Chua's song was K-pop superstar BoA's Only One, a Korean R&B hit.
Blaming bad luck and a poor choice of song for her early exit, Miss Chua said: "The entire chorus of this song was in the higher vocal range, but I perform better in the lower vocal register. My throat was very dry and I couldn't really hit the high notes."
"I was very confused as to why they assigned me this song because it couldn't really showcase my vocals. I guess it's partly bad luck that I got this song."
Despite having spent only a week in Seoul for the competition, Miss Chua has some happy memories to take away with her.
"There was an episode in which (K-pop boy band) CNBlue's JongHyun was the judge. I am a fan of his as I've watched his recent drama.
"When I saw him in real life, I was, like, oh my god," she said.
"I decided I was going to stare straight into his eyes and perform my song, but I couldn't do it as I was too shy. He commented that I did well, which made me very happy."
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