A nine-year-old Hong Kong girl won thunderous applause in her America’s Got Talent audition on Saturday with a powerful cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme song of the movie Titanic.
All four judges and the audience gave Celine Tam Tsz-kwan a standing ovation for her performance. Her parents and sister were watching from backstage, her mother shedding tears.
Tam told the judges that she was named Celine and her little sister Dion, as their parents are great Celine Dion fans.
Over 10 million people have viewed videos of her performance on YouTube so far.
Tam is no stranger to television audiences, having progressed to the second round of Britain’s Got Talent with her rendition of “You Raise Me Up” in November 2015.
She sang the same song on Hunan Broadcasting’s Let’s Sing Kids in China in 2014.
Her father, Steve Tam Shun-sang, has been teaching singing for 30 years.
He first noticed his daughter’s talent when she was three. He said she wakes up at 6am to go running and practises singing for two hours every day.
To protect her vocal cords, he said his daughter has not consumed cold drinks or french fries for three years. She was also encouraged to practice singing in crowded MTR stations, Sky Post reported.
Stephen Shiu, chairman of HMV Digital China Group Ltd, signed a contract with Tam and her father as the young singer’s agent two years ago, Sing Pao reported.