Taiwan's 'Susan Boyle' voted off talent show

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 13 2010 06:54 AM | Updated as of Apr 13 2010 02:54 PM

TAIPEI – A Taiwanese man who became an overnight celebrity for his high-pitched version of hit Whitney Houston song "I Will Always Love You" has been voted off the talent show that made him famous.

Lin Yu-chun, dubbed "Taiwan's Susan Boyle" after his unlikely rendition of the ballad went viral on the Internet, failed to impress the judges when performing a Mandarin song on the "Million Star" show.

"Despite the failure, he still keeps a positive attitude. He feels that success cannot possibly come without failure," Lin's agent Stella Teng told AFP on Monday.

The 24-year-old, better known as "Little Fatty" to his friends -- and now to millions of TV and Internet viewers worldwide -- left judges underwhelmed by his performance on the show, which was broadcast on Friday.

"You rarely hit a wrong note. But you did today, what's wrong with you?" one of the judges asked him.

While Lin is no longer in the contest, his sudden fame, with more than four million views on video-sharing website Youtube, means he will be invited back to the show for a guest performance next weekend, Teng told AFP.

Lin will also go on an overseas trip later this month, for interviews and possibly for further performances, Teng said, adding that the United States is one destination under consideration.

Lin has drawn comparisons with Scottish spinster Susan Boyle, who shot to global stardom after she was discovered last year on the "Britain's Got Talent" show with her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables".