22 Jul '11, 4am

Hard-luck S.Korean goes from labourer to singing star

Hard-luck S.Korean goes from labourer to singing star

SEOUL: A young South Korean construction worker has become an international singing star after more than 10 million YouTube users watched his powerful performance on a local TV talent show. Nobody expected such a deep and strong baritone to emerge from a nervous 21-year-old Choi Sung-Bong when he first appeared dressed in jeans and trainers on "Korea's Got Talent" in early June. After telling the audience that he doesn't sing well, Choi performed a sensational "Nella Fantasia" that reduced the audience and the judges to tears. The success of the boyish looking Choi who has been compared by some to Britain's Susan Boyle, is all the more remarkable given his tough early life. "I was left in an orphanage when I was three...I ran away when I was five due to abuse," he told judges at his initial appearance on the talent show. Choi who has since made three appearances on air is ...

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