In round 3 of I Am A Singer Season 3, new challenger 李荣浩 (Li Ronghao), shows that it is no mean feat to unseat the contestants in the game. The 29-year old award-winning singer-songwriter whose songs have been sung by Jeff Chang, Tiger Huang and fellow contestant A-Lin, failed to secure a spot in subsequent episodes of the show by coming in 6th. He needed a 4th place or better in order to stay in the competition. It was a close shave for Jane Zhang, who came in last in this round but lived to sing for another round. Kit Chan returned for an encore performance where she sang ‘Nothing Compares To You” popularised by Sinead O’Connor.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in round 3 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Jane Zhang 张靓颖 – 生如夏花
After two impressive performances in both rounds 1 and 2, one would expect a lot from Jane Zhang. However, her take on 生如夏花 in round 3 was so boring that it almost put us to sleep. Her performance was a far cry compared to the previous round where she came in first. The song couldn’t bring out her vocals and she sounded like a karaoke singer at best. Ranking last in this round was to be expected.
2. Anson Hu 胡彦斌 – 耶利亚女郎
Anson showcased his musicality and talent in song arrangement by breathing life into a classic song. Fusing folk and rock, Anson gave the song a much needed pop twist and proved there’s on limit to creativity.
3. A-Lin 黄丽玲 – 找自己
A-Lin seemed to be out of her element in trying to groove to this popular R&B song by David Tao. Vocal-wise she was uninspiring and at most times trying too hard to impress the audience. Picking a genre that was not her forte, A-Lin said she was inspired by Jane Zhang’s fast number in round 2 when deciding on the song. We say stick to ballads A-Lin.
Kit Chan 陈洁仪 – Nothing Compares To You
At first we were glad that Singapore’s ‘National Treasure’ Kit Chan picked an English song for her encore performance, a language we thought she would excel in. But we were disappointed by her rendition of the Sinead O’Connor hit song. Lacking soul in the entire song, Kit Chan’s encore performance was forgettable and at times pitchy. And her melisma (singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession) sounded forced.
4. Han Hong 韩红 – 往事随风
Powerhouse Han Hong’s delivery of the song was so perfect that we couldn’t nitpick on anything even if we wanted to. Her flawless switching between vocal registers showcased the amazing control of her voice. Her angelic voice made the technically difficult song seemed like a walk in the park.
5. Leo Ku 古巨基 – 情人
Paying a tribute to legendary Hong Kong band, Beyond, Leo Ku chose a slower tempo for the song ‘Lover’ (情人). Leo made the song his own by injecting a huge dose of emotions to it — a style that worked to his advantage. This brought us back to the same arrangement he gave to the song 爱与诚 in round 1. Leo Ku’s performance in round 3 resonated well with the audience who gave him top marks for it.
6. 孙楠 (Sun Nan) – 至少还有你
Known for his wide vocal range, Sun Nan chose not to use his “weapon” but instead focused on bringing different music styles to the competition. After his experimental tribal arrangement in round 2, Sun Nan did an acapella version of the song that has been covered umpteen times over the years. The result? A sincere rendition done just right. He even did some popping and breaking moves at the end of the song accompanied by beatboxing from his backup vocals.
7. Li Ronghao 李荣浩 – 模特
Hearing it for the first time, we fell in love with the song ‘Model’ (模特) instantly. We were also mesmerised by Li Ronghao’s husky and unique voice. Round 3 being his debut performance in the competition, Li Ronghao wasn’t able to give it his all and seemed reserved in his rendition of the award-winning song. His straightforward singing style reminded us of Eason Chan and he looks like Jay Chou with even smaller eyes!
Here’s the final ranking for ‘I Am A Singer’ Season 3 round 3:
Rank 1: Leo Ku 古巨基
Rank 2: Han Hong 韩红
Rank 3: Anson Hu 胡彦斌
Rank 4: A-LIN 黄丽玲
Rank 5: Sun Nan 孙楠
Rank 6: Li Ronghao 李荣浩 (Challenge failed and eliminated)
Rank 7: Jane Zhang 张靓颖