Round 12 or the ‘breakthrough’ round brought back all eliminated singers from previous episodes of I Am A Singer 3. With a total of 9 high calibre singers from Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong and China, the competition was at its most intense. Everyone was expected to bring their A-game and vie for a place in the final rounds of I Am A Singer Season 3. This was also the only chance for Singapore’s Kit Chan 陈洁仪 to win a spot back in the singing competition. However, competing alongside belters, she didn’t succeed with her performance of 左右手. The 4 successful ‘breakthrough’ singers for the night were Li Jian 李健, The One 郑淳元, Sitar Tan 谭维维 and Anson Hu 胡彦斌.
Leo Ku had long wanted to dedicate a performance to his wife on I Am A Singer 3. But due to his early elimination from the show, he wasn’t able to do that. Leo Ku married his wife Lorraine Chan in Las Vegas last year after having dated for 20 years. In round 12, he finally got a chance to sing ‘Love is Forever – 爱是永恒’ by Jacky Cheung to her.
For us, we were just glad that our favourites, Anson Hu and The One were back in the competition.
Music wizard Anson Hu 胡彦斌 impressed the audience with his deconstruction of Eason Chan’s hit song 你的背包. He struggled a little vocally right at the end of the song but it was a stunning performance nevertheless. It was once again amazing to see Anson remodelling a song to give an entirely new mood to a familiar number.
Korean star The One 郑淳元 insisted on singing in Mandarin even if it meant risking elimination from the show in this round. And to up the stakes, he chose 那片海 written and performed by fellow competitor Han Hong. Singing the song for his mother, The One gave a highly-charged and emotional performance. He once told his mom that if he could choose his mother in the next life, he would want it to be her again. Tears were welling up our eyes after his soulful and heartfelt rendition.
Here’s the song list for I Am A Singer 3 breakthrough round:
1. Jess Lee 李佳薇 – 寂寞先生
2. Li Ronghao 李荣浩 – 小芳
3. Kit Chan 陈洁仪 – 左右手
4. Leo Ku 古巨基 – 爱是永恒
5. Anson Hu 胡彦斌 – 你的背包
6. Sitar Tan 谭维维 – 乌兰巴托之夜
7. The One 郑淳元 – 那片海
8. Ricky Hsiao 萧煌奇 – 夜夜夜夜
9. Li Jian 李健 – 假如爱有天意