Youngest contestant wins 1st season of The Voice Vietnam

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Huong Tram (middle) received her The Voice cup from her coach, singer Thu Minh (L) at the final show on January 13.


Huong Tram, 17, the youngest competitor, was named the winner of the first season of Vietnam's adaptation of the US reality show, The Voice, on January 13 in Ho Chi Minh City.


The final result was based exclusively votes cast by the public, according to the organizer, VTV and Cat Tien Sa Company.


Tram was able to beat out other finalists Dinh Huong, Xuan Nghi and Kien Giang, to earn a cash prize of VND500 million (nearly US$25,000) and a record deal with Universal Republic Records.


In the season finale, the final four contestants were requested to perform three songs: one in Vietnamese, one in English and a duet with their coach.


Tram, from the central province of Nghe An, performed Tren dinh Phu Van (on the Phu Van peak), "Queen of the Night" (co-authored and recorded by the late American singer Whitney Houston), and Duong cong (Curves), a hit of her coach, Thu Minh.


Tram comes from an artistic family. Her father is a folk singer and her older brother studies at the Music Academy in Hanoi. Tram says her goal is to become a professional singer.


The first edition of The Voice Vietnam closed successfully, having survived a scandal involving accusations of rigged results and rumors of a lesbian relationship between a contestant and the show's former music director, Phuong Uyen, in September.


One of outstanding singers at the second season of The Voice (US), American Jessie Campbell, made a cameo appearance in the season finale of The Voice Vietnam, performing hits "If I Ain't Got You," "Nobody's Perfect," and "Halo."


The second season of The Voice Vietnam kicked off on January 14. Thu Minh, one of the show's four judges, however, said she is stepping down from her position to spend more time with her family.


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