Singer Jessie J has just won the Chinese version of “American Idol,” with a stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”
‘Stone Sister’ Jessie J just won China’s American Idol with a Whitney song
Whitney Houston’s version of the Dolly Parton song is hugely popular with Chinese audiences.
In China, she has become known as “Stone Sister,” a name which sounds similar to “Jessie J.”
The British singer, best known for her hits “Price Tag,” “Domino” and “Bang Bang,” was the first non-Asian participant in “Singer,” a televised competition for professional musicians.
She won at the final broadcast last Friday evening.
The show assembled some of the region’s most respected musicians, although none of the others have the international profile of Jessie J.
Other competitors included Chinese rocker Wang Feng, Taiwanese singer Angela Chang, Mongolian musician Tengger and Philippine singer KZ Tandingan.
After becoming a household name in the UK in the early 2010s, Jessie J moved to California to pursue the American market in 2014. She got off to a strong start with “Bang Bang” featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, but her career hasn’t been so successful since.
In a previous round of the competition Jessie J topped the week with her cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” – another of China’s most popular western ballads.
On Instagram, Jessie J described taking part in the show “as an opportunity to bridge a gap between two cultures.”
It might seem like an unusual move – but said wrote on Instagram that “Singer” averages audiences of 250 million people per week.
She wrote that she was told just before the final that “A billion people are watching tonight.”
The move has earned Jessie J a whole new fanbase.
Writing on China’s Twitter-like Weibo plaftorm, JX Zouquaner wrote: “The happiest thing is to see you happy everyday.”
Christina Shengruixi added: “You said China is your another home, yes it is!!! Remember back home often, and we are always here waiting for you.”
The competition is looking like her smartest career move to date.