Vietnamese student wins Southeast Asia singing contest

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Hoang Thi Yen Chi, a 20-year-old student from Ho Chi Minh City, is the grand winner of the "Like Performing, Love Sony" regional singing contest held in Singapore on December 3.

Chi, who won first prize at the contest's national qualifier round among six universities in HCMC in November, represented the country at last night's final round with an outstanding solo performance of the famous song Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.

The third-year student of Ho Chi Minh City's University of Social Sciences and Humanities's Faculty of English Literature defeated other competitors from Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand to receive US$5,000.

Chi's strong voice and active performance at the final round impressed local audiences. The final round was held at Orchard Links, Singapore.

Representatives from the Philippines are awarded second prize for their rendition of "I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith," and a Singaporean band received third prize with Back to December.

Part of the music festival called "Uphoria - Party with Sony", the competition is held by Sony for young Southeast Asian musical talents from December 2 to 4. This year's event also featured a performances of US singer Mike Posner and Grammy award winner Train.

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