Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Jay Chou accepted the offer to go on the new season of Chinese singing programme, The Voice of China, as a mentor, making it his first appearance on a reality singing programme in his career. He would also be the youngest mentor on the show.
Earlier in 2012, the 36-year-old had received love calls from the show’s producers before the its debut. However, Jay turned down the offer, citing reasons like ‘being stringent when considering offers from a music competition programme’ and ‘would only consider the offer when he is more mature’. Jay was also tied down with a busy schedule then.
However, Jay frankly spoke about his thoughts of the show recently. “I have always been watching this show closely as many of the mentors on the show are my close friends. Their excellent performance on the show has led me to have confidence in the show.”
It was also speculated that A-Mei, a mentor on the second season of the show, kept in close contact with Jay and was essential in his decision to accept the offer this time.
Jay is expected to be paid NT$7.5 million (approximated S$320,000) for each episode of the show, racking up a total of NT$110 million (approximately S$4.719 million) from filming for three months.
When asked about his thoughts on being a mentor, Jay replied, “I believe it is important to perform on a good stage to find your muse. The entertainment industry is increasingly trying and it is very difficult for newbies to stand out from the rest now. Thus, I hope I would be able to discover newbies with potential and help them to become successful.”
Apart from Jay, it was also rumoured that other distinguished singers like Jonathan Lee, Jacky Cheung and Leehom Wang were also invited as mentors for this season.
Jay Chou will be a mentor in The Voice of China
The Taiwanese multi-hyphenate hopes to discover talented musicians and help them in their music journey
- Jay Chou