Explore China, Japan, & Korea Singing Contest successfully concluded

Explore China, Japan, & Korea Singing Contest organized by China National Tourist Office, Toronto, Japan Tourism Organization, and Korea Tourism Organization, and produced by Fairchild Television has successfully concluded at the River Rock Show Theatre on October 12th. The contest was divided into three language groups, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Two contestants were previously selected from each group to enter the final and perform on stage with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. The champions were chosen by the panel of judges formed by Ms. Wenting Yang, Director of China National Tourist Office, Toronto, Mr. Hideaki Nakazawa, Executive Director of Japan National Tourism, Mr. John Park, Director of Korean Tourism Organization, Ms. Maria Lu, Specialty Sales Manager – Asia of Air Canada, Mr. Ken Hsieh, Principal Director of Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and Mr. Duck Lau, composer and singing coach.

Before the contest began, the organizers hosted a Travel Showcase providing the latest news and information on the hottest attractions in China, Japan and Korea. All visitors had a chance to win an Air Canada return ticket, good for travel between Canada and China, Japan, or Korea. A lucky winner was drawn at the concert and thrilled to take home the grand prize.

As the first singing contest ever in Vancouver with music backing from an orchestra, the six contestants, together with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, presented an incredible performance at the Final. The masters of ceremonies, Ricky Cheung and April Li, first introduced Jeffrey Pai, a music master and well-known YouTuber, to deliver a stunning and emotional rendition of “Give In”, followed by the amazing vocal from the experienced praise team member William Wah’s “I Cannot Forget You”. Saiko Ikejo, though in her 50s, still managed to conquer the stage with the classic anime theme song “A Cruel Angel's Thesis”. Hiroshi Tamate sang a cheerful and bright Japanese pop-rock song “Saudade” that brought the stage to live. Next up, the two contestants from the Korean group Ethel Chik and Ann Rhi performed the songs “Beautiful” and “Silence” respectively to depict two different Korean love stories on stage. Before the announcement of the winners, the Orchestra performed many popular numbers from China, Japan and Korea, paired with videos featuring the beautiful sceneries of these three countries. Another highlight of the evening was the special presentation from the internationally renowned flute player Ron Korb, which earned thunderous applause from the audience.

After much consideration, the results of the singing contest are as follows:
Chinese Group Champion: William Wah 1st Runner Up: Jeffrey Pai
Japanese Group Champion: Saiko Ikejo 1st Runner Up: Hiroshi Tamate
Korean Group Champion: Ann Rhi 1st Runner Up: Ethel Chik

The three winners from each category were awarded an Air Canada business class return ticket to travel between Canada and China, Japan, or Korea with a $800 travel cash coupon while the 1st Runner Up received $1,000 travel cash coupon. All award winners, organizers, and sponsors posed for a group photo with joy and happiness at the finale.