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Lin Yu-chun follows the Susan Boyle blueprint to Sony deal

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A few weeks ago we told you all about this stocky Chinese kid from Taiwan’s A.I. knockoff, Avenue to Stardom. When Li Yo-chun sang Whitney Houston’s 1992 classic ballad “I Will Always Love You” better than the diva has since, well, 1992, we jumped on his bandwagon. Little did we know he’d get scooped up by a major label faster than we could say “nǐ hǎo” (that’s “hello,” folks).

Sony Music Entertainment announced in a statement earlier today that the 24-year-old is their latest addition to the team. You know who else is there at Sony? Britain’s Got Talent‘s Susan Boyle! If  Yu-chun gets half of the treatment the multi-platinum 48-year-old did on her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, he’s going to be a pretty big deal.

His debut record hits stores this July and will be sung in both English and Chinese.

“I still can’t believe this is real,” Yu-chun told the Associated Press. We can. If SuBo can do it, anything’s possible.

Does this news surprise you? Think he’ll be as big as Boyle was?