Over the past week, there's been some curious talk about what KZ Tandingan will perform for her first appearance on the Chinese reality show, "Singer 2018," where she is looking to dethrone defending champion, British pop star Jessie J.
Fans found out this Friday that she prepared a jazzed-up rendition of "Rolling in the Deep." The "X-Factor Philippines" winner gave her cover a more eclectic twist as she paid tribute to Adele, as well as to her Filipino roots, squeezing in a Tagalog rap part near the end. Time will tell if her version will endear her to Chinese viewers, as she needs votes to beat Jessie J, who has been dominating the contest for three episodes running.
Later on, Jessie J found herself dethroned for the first time in the Chinese reality singing contest, "Singer 2018," on Friday. The singer is not used to losing, but Jessie J had to settle for second place in this week's episode of "Singer 2018," a Chinese reality singing contest that pits famous singers against one another.
The British pop star Jessie J had her four-week win streak snapped by the Philippines' very own KZ Tandingan, who performed a jazzier rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Her moody, eclectic cover featured a rap part in Tagalog in the middle, which she nailed as Jessie J watched.
On the other hand, Jessie J sang "Ain't Nobody." The result had her finish below first place for the first time since joining the show last December. The "Price Tag" hit maker was seen applauding the Filipina singer following her stunning turn on the stage. The rankings were based on votes from the studio audience. She and Jessie J will both return on the show next week for another round of performances.
The format for "Singer 2018" is rather simple. It allows pop stars to compete with each other ala-"X-Factor," except the contestants are already famous. Jessie J won the first three episodes, which also saw two singers, who got the least number of votes, eliminated. In a teaser for Friday's episode, Jessie J acknowledged Tandingan, dubbed as the Philippines' "Soul Supreme," as a threat to her win streak, saying that she has a "big voice."
Prior to this event the kapamilya singer KZ Tandingan was obviously star-struck after she received a hug from international pop star Jessie J as seen in a video uploaded on Instagram on Wednesday night. "Oh my God," this is what KZ Tandingan said while hugging the UK singer behind the hits "Domino, "Price Tag," and "Flashlight." The meeting happened in China for the competition “Singer 2018”. The singer KZ Tandingan is currently in China as she faces the likes of Jessie J in the competition.
The 25-year-old "The X Factor Philippines" winner was the latest challenger introduced after a recent elimination of the reality show. If KZ Tandingan doesn't get eliminated, she could stay until the competition's finale in April. Aside from Jessie J, the "ASAP" mainstay is up against other professional singers from different countries including Tien Chong from Hong Kong, Angela Chang from Taiwan, and Li Xiaodong, Wang Feng, James Li, and Juno Su, all from China.
In an Instagram post, Tandingan promised to do her best in the contest. "I’m blessed to be chosen as one of the participants in China’s biggest singing competition, 'Singer.' I’ll be coming in as the first international challenger on the 5th episode. Please keep our team in your prayers as we step into this unfamiliar and challenging but exciting journey. Thank you everyone! I will do my best!" Tandingan wrote.
Singer 2018 is the second season of Chinese television series Singer, a rebranded version of I Am a Singer that will air on Hunan Television. It is produced by Hong Tao, and its music director is Hong Kong senior musician Kubert Leung. It will be recorded in the Hunan Broadcasting System Radio and Television Center, Changsha, Hunan on January 3, 2017 and aired from January 12 to April 20, 2018 on Hunan Television.
The competition is composed of 5 rounds where 1st round until 4th round will be composed of qualifying, knockout, overall and challenge round. While the 5th round will be composed of 1st round and 2nd round. The first episode of Singer 2018 is the Qualifying episode of the first round. It was recorded on January 3, 2017, and premiered on January 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Hunan Television. Where the singer Jessie J snatched the top spot singing her original single Domino. The Knockout episode is the second episode of Singer2018.
It was recorded on January 11, 2018, and was broadcast on January 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Hunan Television. 1st round, Juno Su is going to participate challenge round, as the first challenge singer, at last she gets No.5 temporarily safe, and Li Xiaodong is the lowest percentages of votes in 1st round first two matches. In this round Jessie J is still on the top spot singing I have nothing by Whitney Houston. The first two matches overall ranking Jessie J got the top spot with 27.83% total percentage of votes. Due to Juno Su gets No.5 in 1st round temporarily safe in matches, Li Xiaodong is eliminated, as the lowest percentages of votes in 1st round first two matches.
The Challenge episode is the third episode of Singer2018. It was recorded on January 18, 2018, and was broadcast on January 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Hunan Television. Jessie J still on the top spot singing the song Killing Me Softly With His Song by Lori Lieberman. Match 3 percentages of votes, Juno Su gets No.3 challenge success, as Sam Lee is No.7 in the episode thus eliminated.
The fourth episode of Singer2018 is the qualifying episode of the 2nd round. It was recorded on January 25, 2018, and was broadcast on February 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Hunan Television. In second round, Hua Chenyu joins the competition, as the second substitute singer. Hua Chenyu snatched the top spot singing her original single Qi Tian. The 5th episode is the knockout for 2nd round where KZ Tandingan in the new challenger. KZ Tandingan snatched the top spot singing Rolling in Deep by Adele.
At the end of Singer 2017, many Weibo entertainment marketing accounts said that Singer 2017 as the last series of I Am a Singer and Singer, the series of the show will not be made from 2018. There are three reasons, first in the preparation and broadcasting of Singer 2017 faced a lot of uncertainty, second the invitation of competitors’ difficulties is harder than before, the last is the director Duyan and the screenwriter Sunli will leave after Singer 2017. However on 14 June of 2017, during the broadcast of Hunan Xinwen Lianbo, Hong Tao accepted the interview of Hunan TV reporter. He said Singer 2018 has entered the preparation to repudiate the rumour.