Ricky 萧煌奇, a popular blind singer from Taiwan, is the new addition to I Am A Singer 3. Singing his hit song 你是我的眼, he managed to secure a comfortable third position in his debut round. The One once again tops the competition with his powerful rendition of 听海 while songstress A-Lin sinks to the bottom and is now in danger of being eliminated pending her score next episode.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in round 10 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Han Hong 韩红 – 我很丑可是我很温柔
‘I am ugly but I am gentle’ (我很丑可是我很温柔) is a song that propelled 赵传 to overnight stardom. Till today, not many singers can replicate the same emotional vibe of the original singer. We were pleasantly surprised that Han Hong chose such a manly song for this round. Not that she looks manly, but that the song choice was a deviation from her usual classic and folk genre. And we absolutely loved it! Giving up her squeaky-clean voice in favour of a more edgy sounding tone, Han Hong’s rendition was powerful and emotional. It was a side of her we didn’t expect.
2. Sitar Tan WeiWei 谭维维 – 往日时光
Sitar is the chameleon of this competition. From rocker chick to Bjork-style, Sitar sought to unload her music artistry onto I Am A Singer 3 round after round. In round 10, she went operatic for the song 往日时光 and took inspiration from Phantom of the Opera for her attire. We were able to finally listen to Sitar Tan really sing with real emotion without all the gimmicky showmanship. It was also one of the rarer times that she didn’t let her voice overpower the arrangement and instead blended her vocals well with the instruments for a fantastic rendition overall.
3. Sun Nan 孙楠 – 全部的爱
Princess Diana once said that family is the most important thing in the world. Dedicating this round’s performance to his lovely children, Sun Nan penned the lyrics for 全部的爱 using the melody of another song called 雪之花. Sun Nan was all smiles and looked so contented throughout the entire performance. ‘You are the greatest gift in my life, and hearing you calling me daddy is the most beautiful melody’ sang the proud father. I guess all fathers can relate to this song about children growing up and how their love will never change for them.
Jess Lee 李佳薇 – 勇敢
The music scene in Asia has created a lot of one-hit wonders and forgettable singers in recent years due to the salvo of singing competitions. But Jess Lee is a rare gem among the clutter. Singing a song about courage, she looked set to sparkle with her powerful yet untainted voice. And she looks so much like Singapore’s Tanya Chua!
4. Li Jian 李健 – 月光
The effortless Li Jian continued to garnered a lot of votes for his brand of music in round 10 of I Am A Singer 3. Singing a song about going home, he was again able to tuck at the heartstrings of the audience. Although it was still very much his usual style, he made some tweaks to it by adding new elements into his performance like electric guitars, children choir and even pumped out some high notes.
5. The One 郑淳元 – 听海
It is not easy speaking a new language, let alone singing it. And that was what The One did in this round, as he sang A-Mei’s top hit song ‘Listen to the sea’ (听海) entirely in Mandarin. The One started off slow with a just a piano and hit the high gears after the first chorus with endless waves of belting, holding and high notes. This has got to be the best cover of 听海. Even the composer for the song was impressed and recommended that A-Mei have a listen to his version. Truly THE (number) ONE performance!
6. A-Lin 黄丽玲 – 忘不了
The song 忘不了 is A-Lin’s father’s favourite karaoke song. After preparing it for several weeks, A-Lin decided to sing it this round. A ballad once again for A-Lin, a genre she excels in and she knows it. Her performance this round was solid but bland. She was up against the ‘Great Wall’ of China singers tonight and her so-so performance put her at risk of elimination. That being said, we still love her warm and rich vocals and her great personality on stage.
7. Ricky Xiao Huang-Chi 萧煌奇 – 你是我的眼
Ricky Xiao was born with congenital cataracts which led him to be completely blind at age 15. A soulful singer from Taiwan, he is also a talented song composer. Singing his breakout song 你是我的眼 that described his years of struggle being blind, Ricky gave it his all in his debut appearance on the show. It was a tremendous effort from him to knock someone out of the competition but we preferred his original arrangement which was simpler and brought out more innocence and heart from this fantastically written song.
Here’s the final ranking for I Am A Singer 3 round 10:
Rank 1: The One 郑淳元 – 听海
Rank 2: Li Jian 李健 – 月光
Rank 3: Ricky Xiao Huang-Chi 萧煌奇 – 你是我的眼
Rank 4: Sitar Tan WeiWei 谭维维 – 往日时光
Rank 5: Sun Nan 孙楠 – 全部的爱
Rank 6: Han Hong 韩红 – 我很丑可是我很温柔
Rank 7: A-Lin 黄丽玲 – 忘不了