Kit Chan comes in last on Chinese reality show but wins fans
It was not the ideal result, but the experience may have helped grow Kit Chan's fanbase.
The local singer came in last in the Chinese reality television contest I am a Singer, which pits professional stars against each other.
Yet, she is a winner of sorts. Fans in China praised her subtle and moving performance on the first episode of the Hunan TV show on Friday night.
Chan is the first Singaporean in the contest. The singer, best known for singing the beloved hit Home, sang Shino Lin's Tempting Heart.
Unlike most talent shows where the national audience votes for a particular singer, the studio audience decides how the singers are ranked.
Despite the dismal ranking, Chinese fans have taken to Chan's performance, and they went on social media to express their admiration.
Rainbow Cheung said: "Where can we find such a great singer? I cried the first time I heard it."
Another fan Hong Jun Ay questioned the credibility of the competition: "Is there something wrong (with this competition)? Such a fine and perfect performance and Kit actually only came in 7th place? There's really a problem here."
Others like Jeff Lim Chee Woei vowed to support her in the long term: "She sings so well, I've replayed it a few times already. I will support her wonderful voice forever."
See Jia Li Kelly says that the simple performance was still intense and poweful: "The song sounds peaceful if you just listen to it but I couldn't help it and was so touched that I cried. Such power and intensity! Go Kit!"
The first elimination occurs after tallying the votes of the first two tapings.
Chan had previously been called a 'dark horse' by Chinese media even though the show tends to favour crooners with soaring vocals, reporter Chongqing Evening News.
It said: "Based on their singing skills, Chan and (Taiwanese pop singer) A-lin may be said to be the dark-horses."
Chan had also previously said:
"I know the song I chose and my performing style aren't really for the competition. I hope that through my performance, the audience in China and in other places can fall in love."
A-lin was ranked third after the first broadcast.
Singaporeans too have been rallying behind the 42-year-old singer.
Despite her last place ranking, Chan was ranked third among her fellow competitors.
Chinese pop star Han Hong, who is first in the audience vote, praised Chan: "She was plaintively singing, not noisily declaiming anything. Between loud and high-pitched and subtle, I definitely prefer subtle."
Sources: Chongqing Evening News