Singaporean Tyen Rasif has emerged as the winner of reality TV singing competition, Asian Dream, which featured six contestants from around Asia.
Pop legend Michael Bolton is the creator, executive producer and host of Asian Dream, and is also a judge on the show, which was aired on AXN, and created in partnership with Subaru Asia.
The finale of the seven-episode series featured Tyen, 25 and Vietnam’s Linh Tran, 27, in both duet and solo performances.
Tyen’s powerful vocals and stage presence in her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” won the judges over. The panel of judges for the finale comprised Michael Bolton, Morisette Amon, Thanh Bui and Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman of Tan Chong International Limited.
Tyen happens to be the sister of DJ-influencer Jade Rasif.
Jade told Yahoo Lifestyle SEA about her sister Tyen, “She's always loved singing but stopped doing it as often after getting picked on. She didn't even want to join at first because some people were telling her she wasn't a real singer and had no hope of getting past the auditions. It makes me so proud that she pushed her boundaries and tried something new.”
Tyen has earned the privilege of performing alongside Michael Bolton in his upcoming Asian Dream tour, and will also be Subaru Asia’s ambassador. Tyen, who just obtained her driving licence, will be given a Subaru XV to drive.
“It feels surreal to me,” said Tyen. “I never thought I’d make it this far and to win the competition. I think throughout this competition; there have been many moments where I felt immense pressure because I thought that I might not be good enough. I want to tell anybody out there that if you have a dream, just go for it because passion is going to bring you amazing things.”
Bolton co-hosted Asian Dream with Filipina singer and actress Morrisette Amon, along with guest celebrity mentors.
Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua coached contestants in the fifth episode in the art of tapping into their emotions during performances. (Read our interview with Tan here.)
Besides Tyen and Linh, the Asian Dream contestants were Becky Yeung from Hong Kong, Karl Zarate from the Philippines, Poovaa Sri Rama from Malaysia, and Sasha Ka from Thailand.
Episodes of Asian Dream are available online at www.subaru.asia/asiandream.