Saturday, April 10, 2010

Taiwan's Susan Boyle - Lin Yu Chun - I Will Always Love You

Chubby underdog blows judges away as he belts out Whitney Houston... and becomes YouTube hit.

Lin Yu-Chun, a contestant on Taiwan's "Avenue to Stardom" talent show, nailed a performance of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and has since accumulated more than 2 million views on YouTube.

The 24-year-old drew immediate comparisons to Susan Boyle, the plain 48-year-old who became a star via Britain Got Talent and Youtube.

Nicknamed "Little Fatty" (which the Associated Press nicely translated to "round-faced soprano with the bowl haircut"), Lin told the AP that online fame has boosted his confidence.

"You don't have to be a good-looking man or woman to succeed," he said. "Just be yourself and try your best." His pitch-perfect rendition of the Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton mega-hit * I Will Always Love You * blew a panel of judges away.

Have you seen the video yet? If not, watch the must-see below:

But now it seems Lin is ready to take as the year's most unlikely music star and he is the bookies' favourite to win the talent contest. The grand prize on Super Star Avenue is almost as jaw-dropping as Lin's performance - the chance to release an album, as well as $1million (£650,000).

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