Talent comes from unexpected places. But with many platforms available for people to perform nowadays, it’s not uncommon to find people rising to fame overnight. One such platform is TikTok, or Douyin for China. As many people use the platform to show off a variety of talents, you need to really shine to stand out from the crowd.
Among the many different types of videos, one popular genre is doing covers of songs. This was an area where Douyin user “It’s Jiner (是金儿啊)” stole the show. This Malaysian girl’s popularity shot up after her brief cover of “Self-Entertainment (自娱自乐)”.
On 11th September, “It’s Jiner (是金儿啊)” uploaded a 17-second video of the song “Self-Entertainment (自娱自乐)”. Her video only covered the chorus, but it was enough to snatch up her audience’ s attention. In less than two weeks, her video has gotten over 2.75 million likes.
Her clear voice and confident playing left the audience wanting more. Netizens asked the Douyin user to upload the full version, stating it wasn’t enough. “I fell in love after listening to it,” one said. Others praised her voice and her looks. “(Your) singing is sweet and (you) look beautiful,” a comment read with another saying: “So sweet!” One netizen even exclaimed: “It’s true that Malaysians sing well!”
The Douyin account “It’s Jiner (是金儿啊)” is run by Jiner Tay (戴金儿). Not much is known about her, however, it seems she studied in SMJK Convent Datuk Keramat during secondary school and resides in George Town, Penang.
Although she doesn’t post much on Instagram, most of her selfies show her laughing and smiling. Her vibrant personality seems to have carried over to her singing as she smiles even as she performs. Jiner truly looks happy when she’s performing.
We look forward to seeing Jiner’s talent grow. This Penang-girl may just make waves in the entertainment industry in the future!