Almost a year to the day after Susan Boyle burst on to the global scene, Lin Yu Chun has taken the baton as the Next, Great, Unexpected Singer to Be Discovered on a Reality Show.
The 24-year old from Taiwan auditioned for that nation’s version of American Idol with a rendition of “I Will Always Love You” that you need to hear to believe.
Let’s just say its a whole lot better than anything Whitney Houston sings these days.
After receiving such acclaim for his performance, Chun spoke to The Associated Press about his life:
“I now have more confidence in pursuing a singing career. You don’t have to be a good-looking man or woman to succeed. Just be yourself and try your best.”
Lin said he suffered from a lack of self-esteem growing up because “being fat draws a lot of mockery in our society.
However, those difficult times helped the aspiring singer hone his talent: to cope with taunts from peers, Chun locked himself in his room and sang along to hits by Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
But he loved Houston’s take on the famous Dolly Parton classic the best: “I played it again and again even though my parents couldn’t stand it anymore and asked me to stop,” Lin said of the single that’s made him famous.
His audition has already earned over 1.3 million views on YouTube and if Chun wins the competition, he’ll pocket a well-deserved $1 million. Go get ‘em, Lin!