The Hunan TV singing competition I Am a Singer 2 <我是歌手> finished is its final round of competitions on April 4, 2014. G.E.M. (鄧紫棋) – the first Hong Kong singer to qualify for the final round – lost the I Am a Singer title to 46-year-old Han Lei (韓磊) and came in second place. Han Lei won 28.31 percent of the audience votes, while G.E.M. tagged along to a close second, at 24.95 percent.
The final competition included two different segments of performances – the duet round, which included guest performers; and the solo round. Seven finalists made it to the cut. In the duet round, Malaysian singer Shilah Amzah (茜拉), who performed “When You Believe” with Huang Qishan (黃綺珊), snagged third place, while Gary Chaw (曹格) and Zhang Jie (張傑) took fourth and fifth place, respectively. Finalists Bibi Zhou (周筆暢) and Phil Chang (張宇) were eliminated. Han Lei (韓磊) remained on top.
There were rumors that G.E.M. wanted to invite Taiwanese singer Yoga Lin (林宥嘉) to be her duet partner for the final round, but with their recent breakup, G.E.M. decided to invite Khalil Fong (方大同) as her partner instead. The two Hong Kong-based singers performed Wang Feng’s (汪峰) original, “In Springtime” <春天裡>.
In the final solo round, G.E.M. performed a medley of three songs – Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “We are the Champions”, and Cui Jian’s (崔健) 1986 classic, “Nothing to My Name” <一無所有>, the unofficial anthem of the Tiananmen Square protests. The media reported that G.E.M. may have been hinting at her recent breakup with the performance, but when asked why she chose to sing “Nothing to My Name”, G.E.M. said simply, “Read the lyrics!”
Although G.E.M. failed to win the title as Vocal King in the end, many of her fans quickly took to Weibo to express their support for the young singer-songwriter. In an online poll on Weibo, G.E.M. took nearly 800,000 out of 2.4 million netizens voted G.E.M. as the number one Vocal King.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.