Elizabeth Applunius Chin, also known as Esther Applunius or Esther OIAM 3 (born 12 April 1987 in Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia) is a Malaysian singer. Her father, Applunius Chin of Papar, is a veteran musician on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).
The fifth of eight siblings, she studied at Shan Tao Kindergarten, SRJK (C) and Kota Kinabalu High School. Esther has enjoyed singing since she was nine years old, and at the age of 10 she was Sabah champion in the RTM singing contest Bintang Kecil.
In 2009 she reached the final of the popular Malaysian TV reality show One in a Million and many expected her to win. However, she gained second place after Shah Indrawan Ismail.
Then in 2016 she won the first prize of RM39,999 in the Star Search 999 Singing Competition, an event organised by the Sabah-Labuan Motion Picture Traders and Entertainment Association (Slamptea).
Apart from her television appearances in One in a Million, Esther has entered and won many singing competitions since she started performing in 1998, including the 2005 Sugandoi Kaamatan singing contest and the 2008 PERTISA Award for the most popular singer in Sabah in the women's category.
She has also been a member of several bands, including D'Illusions, and has performed in a number of venues in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah.2005 – Esther Applunius (Kadazandusun album)
2009 – Menggapai Mimpi (Single)
2010 – Selalu (album)
2013 – Sipi-Sipi (Single) Chart Position: #1 (Borneo ERA FM, Sabah VFM)
2013 – Aku (Single) Chart Position: #1 (Borneo ERA FM)
2014 – 1 Dalam 2 (Unreleased)
2015 – If Only You Knew (NEW)
In December 2008, Esther auditioned for the third season of the reality TV singing competition One in a Million on 8TV, and reached the final of the competition. The following shows her progress through the competition:
In March 2011 she was the winner of the "Anugerah Juara Carta Lagu Artis Sabah" competition for her performance of the newly released song Selalu (Always), taken from her second album. The competition, organised by Sabah Radio Television Malaysia, encourages performers not only to sing, but also to write their own songs; the winning song Selalu is Esther's first major success in musical composition.