NEW YORK (AP) - Could the next Susan Boyle be a young Taiwanese
man with a soprano's voice?
Videos of 24-year-old Lin Yu-chun singing Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" have exploded online.
Since his performance Friday evening on the Taiwanese talent show "One Million Star," clips have racked up nearly 800,000 views on YouTube and were likely to climb further. Much of the appeal is Lin's pitch-perfect rendition of the song in the style of Whitney Houston, who covered it for the soundtrack to the 1992 film "The Bodyguard."
Lin may have Houston's vocal cords, but the squat man with a bowl haircut doesn't resemble the diva in any other way.
Boyle was catapulted to international stardom after her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent."
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