He still has a shot

He still has a shot
Photos of local singer Tay Kewei and her husband, also a singer Alfred Sim.
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All eyes have been on local Mandopop singers Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim.

Last month, it was announced that the married couple were representing Singapore in the latest season of Chinese reality TV singing contest, The Voice Of China, and could possibly compete against each other.

The contest, which is a spin-off of the hit US show The Voice, has four judges and coaches (Jay Chou, Na Ying, Harlem Yu and Wang Feng) choosing their teams of contestants through a blind audition process.

The show went global in its third season and was opened up to contestants from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The fourth and latest season airs on Channel U on Saturdays at 7pm.

Tay was reportedly invited by the organisers to take part while Sim beat other home-grown talents in a closed-door selection contest in Singapore, organised by the show's production team and MediaCorp in May.

However, Tay, 31, will not be advancing in the show as she was not chosen by any of the judges, although she had flown to Shanghai five times in June for closed-door auditions.

She performed the song Tears Become A Poem by local singer Stefanie Sun and did a musical accompaniment on the erhu.

She said the track was picked by the organisers from a list of options she had submitted.

Tay told M: "I was very disappointed, not so much because I wasn't chosen but disappointed in myself because a lot of people were rooting for me."

Sim's fate, however, is still up in the air. He declined to reveal details about his blind audition because its clip will be released online only in the next two weeks. Tay's audition is already available for viewing.

Sim, 33, who performed I'm Willing by Chinese singer Faye Wong, sounded upbeat about his chances, calling his performance "one of the best performances in (his) life" and rating it eight out of 10.

"I chose and rearranged the song myself, so I'm particularly proud of how I did," said the Project Superstar 3 winner.

Tay admitted that nerves got the better of her during the audition.

She recalled: "The whole experience was very new to me because competing is different from performing... My heart started pounding and my voice became shaky.

"I (wasn't in) top form, which is weird because I've done big shows (like the closing ceremony of the recent SEA Games), where you stand on a stage and there are thousands of people watching you. And I didn't feel as nervous."

She said she gets advice from her husband.

"He told me to take deep breaths, because it's all about deceiving your body and calming down," said Tay.

This is Sim's first overseas competition, but having been a competitive athlete in the past, he is used to the stress that comes with the territory.

"Competition is natural for me. It's perfectly normal to be nervous or excited, but you must manage the levels," he said.

Tay's early elimination is still a touchy topic between the two and the pair, who tied the knot in January after 10 years of dating, try not to talk about it too much, said Sim.

He added: "It would have been nice if we were both in the show, because we would have been the first couple from Singapore to make it to the competition."

They will, however, be pairing up on a smaller stage at West Coast Rocks!, an SG50 concert on Saturday produced by local club Shanghai Dolly for West Coast GRC.

The concert will have 50 artists including Lee Teng and MICappella. Sim and Tay will perform their original duet Love And Honour, which they sang at their wedding

Said Tay: "We haven't performed together in a while, so it will be nice. It's more comfortable performing as a couple."

To this, Sim replied jokingly: "She likes it more because she can be more demanding, like asking me to (get) her water and all that."

This article was first published on August 12, 2015.
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