Yu Jei Stuns K-Pop Star 5 Judges With Billy Joel Rendition

On KPOP STAR 5, a South Korean television competition, one hopeful named Yu Jei delivered a knockout performance of a Billy Joel classic. With a heart full of soul, she dominated the stage as she delicately sang Billy Joel’s immovable, jazzy tune “New York State of Mind”. Not only did she sing with passion and professionalism, but she also showed that she had earned her place in a very tough competition. With the judges watching in awe, fans of the competition knew a star had been born that day.

Yu Jei’s take on this jazzy classic from Billy Joel was sure to be a breath of fresh air for the judges, who had a tough time ahead of them deciding who would continue with the competition. However, at the end of the song, Yu Jei was met with a roar of applause and praise from both the crowd and the judges who seemed incredibly happy with her performance. Watch her cover of “New York State of Mind” for yourself in the video below:

While we don’t receive any judge’s comments in this particular video, body language is more than enough to understand that Yu Jei’s performance was received very well. Although she did not go on to win the competition that year, she was well-liked and remembered by fans who watched the show, and eventually found her success. Several years after her time in the competition, she signed a contract with WorldStar Entertainment, the same company that manages other stars such as Nada.

In 1973, Billy Joel released his Piano Man album, which became one of his most well-known works and earned him legendary status. So much so that the title track off that record led to him being nicknamed “Piano Man”. From there, his music career became incredibly successful, and he became an influential figure in the industry for many, both old and new. Between 1971 and 1993, he released a staggering 12 studio albums. Listen to his most popular track, “Piano Man”, in the video below.

K-Pop Star, also known as Survival Audition K-Pop Star, is a huge opportunity for hopefuls all across the world to become the next big K-Pop star. If they win the competition, they can release a debut with a company of their choice, and they also pocket a hefty cash prize of 300 million won, which equates to roughly $300k USD.

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