Singapore fitness YouTuber Tyen Rasif won the first season of the Asian Dream singing competition yesterday and will go on to join veteran US singer Michael Bolton on tour.
The 23-year-old beat Vietnamese contender Linh Tran in the final round of the show with her powerful rendition of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. Linh, 26, sang Mariah Carey’s Hero for her final performance.
“I wanna relive this dream over and over and over again,” said Rasif, who is also a fitness trainer, taking to Instagram to share her joy. “Only people who REALLY know know me (wayyy before I became a fitness trainer) know that music has always been a passion of mine”
She added: “I never thought I was good enough to make anything of it. I joined this with no expectations to win, but wanted to stay as long as I could to LEARN from mentors and artists. It was an honour playing for these judges at the finals.”
The show was hosted by Grammy-award winning singer Bolton, who is also the executive producer and one of the judges of the show. The other judge is Filipino singer Morissette Amon.
Before announcing Rasif as the winner, Bolton said that her “unique voice” had drawn the judges’ attention from the start of the seven-episode season. “You’re hungry to be an artist,” he said.
Rasif, who is also a bodybuilder, runs a YouTube channel where she posts workout videos. She is also the sister of social media personality and DJ Jade Rasif. Their father is the fugitive lawyer David Rasif, who went rogue after he allegedly embezzled millions of dollars worth of clients’ funds.
Earlier in the competition, the Asian Dream winner spoke briefly about how her father had fled when she was only 11 but has since forgiven him.
“When I was 11, my dad made a very bad decision and he left. That made me very angry. And I think it was only until very, very recently that I realised that I’m not angry with him anymore and I want him to know that I forgive him as well,” she said.
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