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Jessie J wins China singing talent show contest

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Jessie J has won a singing competition in China, which has been likened to the X Factor.

The singer used to be a judge on The Voice UK, and is the star behind hits including Price Tag and Domino.

But now she's won China's Singer after being one of the first international performers to appear on the show.

The singer won the contest - which involves professional singers competing against each other - with 48% of the vote.

She sang some of her own hits, such as Flashlight and Domino, as well as cover tracks including Whitney Houston's version of I Will Always Love You.

"Thank you China for giving me this moment," Jessie said.

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! πŸ’« 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! πŸ† Last night a billion people watched the show | MAD βœ¨πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒΉβ€οΈ

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"I Will Always Love You is the song that made me want to be a singer when I was four years old," she added.

She also explained why she had taken part.

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image captionJessie J said she wanted to bridge the culture gap

"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.

"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."

She added that one billion people had watched the show.

Jessie's last UK single, Flashlight, was released in 2015 and reached number 13 on the official UK chart.

Jessie's appearance on Singer 2018 follows a failed launch of her album R.O.S.E. late last year.

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