We've Finally Discovered Exactly Why Jessie J Appeared On A Chinese Singing Contest

25 January 2018, 17:24

Jessie J actually won the Chinese singing competition 'Singer' recently!

We all know Jessie J for her infectious pop hits 'Price Tag', 'Do It Like A Dude' and of course 'Bang Bang' which she released alongside Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - so why did she appear on what appeared to be a Chinese version of the X Factor recently?

A video showing Jessie performing Whitney Houston's hit song 'I Have Nothing' went viral on social media and had people seriously confused about exactly why Jessie was appearing on the show.

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It turns out that 'Singer', which is the name of the show, is actually a talent competition in China which is only open to professional singers and Jessie J is the first ever British contestant to appear on it. Not only that - she's also the first British contestant to win it!

'Singer' is in its second series and sees vocalists compete against each other over a series of shows until a champion is crowned, much like X Factor. Jessie J ranked first in the initial part of the competition by singing the Whitney classic as well as her original hit 'Domino'.

Taking to Instagram shortly after being crowned winner, she wrote: "Last year I was asked to compete in a singing competition in China. Performing alongside the biggest established singers / artists across Asia. I was the first international artist to ever be asked / compete. An honour alone. 

"I know a lot of people were shocked when they found out. Like why would I compete in a singing competition… I’m probably the least competitive person I know. I said yes because I LOVE to do the unexpected and I LOVE to represent the UK and singing everywhere I go. I LOVE to sing. But also it was an opportunity to bridge a gap between two cultures. 

 

Last year I was asked to compete in a singing competition in China. Performing alongside the biggest established singers / artists across Asia. I was the first international artist to ever be asked / compete. An honour alone. I know a lot of people were shocked when they found out. Like why would I compete in a singing competition... I’m probably the least competitive person I know. I said yes because I LOVE to do the unexpected and I LOVE to represent the UK and singing everywhere I go. I LOVE to sing. But also it was an opportunity to bridge a gap between two cultures. For them to see a western performer and hear music some had never heard before and visa versa. For the performances to be seen by millions outside of China and visa versa. And those people to discover the show was the best part. The respect being shown for both cultures and the love was Seeing the boundaries break down and the rules be shifted made this whole experience incredible. China is an amazing place and so different to anywhere I have ever been. I have never been made to feel more welcomed and loved as I have done here. My team and I have been in China for 3.5 months. It’s been an amazing learning experience for all of us! We worked hard! THANK YOU! I love you all! I won the show last night. But what we all won was the beginning of something really magical. I am so happy I got to play a part. Here is to me being the first but not the last international artist to be on SINGER. And for the boundaries to continue to be broken. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! I still cant believe I came 1st! Last night a billion people watched the show | MAD

A post shared by J E S S I E . J (@jessiej) onApr 13, 2018 at 7:45pm PDT

For them to see a western performer and hear music some had never heard before and visa versa. For the performances to be seen by millions outside of China and visa versa. And those people to discover the show was the best part. 

"The respect being shown for both cultures and the love was (love heart emoji). Seeing the boundaries break down and the rules be shifted made this whole experience incredible."

She's now said to be relaunching her career over there which will apparently help her earn up to 20million pounds! 

But it's not about the money, money, money, right Jessy?!

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Whilst you're here, relive Jessie J's epic performance of 'Domino' from the #CapitalJBB a few years ago...