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Overseas Health Insurance News: Expat wows China with lousy singing voice

A British expatriate living in China has shot to fame in the country for singing Communist songs, despite admitting to having a lousy voice.

Iain Inglis from Wales auditioned for the TV show China's Got Talent thinking that he would not get anywhere, but is now a household name in the Asian state.

He donned a military uniform and sang a medley of songs in front of the judges and a television audience of millions.

One of the tunes he performed was I Love Reading Chairman Mao's Books Most and each time he changed songs within the medley he stripped off one of the many layers of clothing he was wearing.

Mr Inglis, who appears bemused by the situation, told the Telegraph: "I thought I would get knocked out and be home in time for tea."

In the end he reached the semi final and has become a beloved performer for the entire Chinese nation.

"Before I moved to China I had never done any singing before and I am probably one of the world's worst singers," he added.

Since he moved to China eight years ago to be with his wife Yu Yanling, Mr Inglis has appeared on several TV shows performing songs after an early appearance went down well.

He explained: "It was just a small competition in the town where I lived, and someone said 'Why don't you apply for the national competition for singing these red songs?' They thought I would do well. I had never heard of it, but I applied and ended up coming fifth in China.

"After that I was invited to be a guest performer on other TV shows and one day I got a call from China's Got Talent inviting me to audition. I didn't think I was going to get anywhere."

Mr Inglis is now singing full time after the success and has left his job in middle management at a hotel in the south of China and is getting used to being recognised all the time.

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