Kit Chan ends tour with finale at Indoor Stadium
Singer Kit Chan ends tour with finale at Indoor Stadium
It looks like local director Royston Tan is not the only one jumping on the dialect-championing bandwagon with his Hokkien TV series Eat Already?, which premiered on Channel 8 last week.
Home-grown singer Kit Chan appears to be a passionate supporter of dialects too.
During her Spellbound Homecoming Concert 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadiumon Saturday, seven of 23 songs were sung in Cantonese.
The songs were a mix of originals and covers, including Waiting, Wait, Drifter's Song, Live One Day and Star.
She also cracked jokes in Cantonese and performed a mash-up of her National Day classic Home with Leslie Cheung's Cantonese track Chase.
Chan, 43, told the 7,000-strong crowd: "It is my dream to one day re-introduce dialects to radio... I really hope to use Cantonese for creative expression.
"One day, when I can hear my Cantonese songs on (local) radio, I think I will be very touched."
The two-and-a-half-hour gig was the finale for her Spellbound tour, which had kicked off here last June with an intimate set at The Star Theatre.
The tour went on to Shanghai, Hong Kong and other cities.
Local celebrities such as Patricia Mok, Sharon Au, Huang Biren, Jeanette Aw, David Gan and The Freshman were at the Indoor Stadium to support Chan, who was performing songs from her new album, The Edge Of Paradise, live for the first time.
Madam Lee Wai Chun, a 62-year-old housewife who was watching Chan live for the first time, told The New Paper: "I respect how she can speak and sing in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
"The Cantonese songs mesmerised me. I love that Kit remembers that a lot of her audience are old folks like me."
Another fan, 43-year-old administration worker Irene Leow, particularly enjoyed Chan's rendition of Cheung's Left Right Hands as she had performed it while competing on popular Chinese reality TV series I Am A Singer last year.
Donning a total of five gowns, the classy veteran showed a different side of herself.
Chan belted out a racy version of My Heart Belongs To Daddy, which was popularised by Marilyn Monroe in 1960, in a glittery gold off-shoulder number.
Raising her eyebrows suggestively and shaking her booty at the audience, Chan ended the song with a kiss and a pout, but not before sharing an amusing anecdote about performing it when she was 16.
She recalled cheekily: "I was asked to perform in a Talentime for a school fund raising... I did this song and guess what, the audience was predominantly men aged 35 to 60.
"Now you know why it is so inappropriate."
Chan's fans also helped her celebrate her 44th birthday in advance. Her birthday is on Thursday.
They were notified via the screens to flash lights using their mobile phones as they sang Happy Birthday.
Delighted, Chan asked her band how they had coordinated this.
Ms Leow, who had attended the Spellbound concert last year, said she enjoyed both concerts equally.
She said: "Kit's standard is already very good so I don't see how she can get better. I think she put up a great show."