Saturday, March 24, 2018


Last month, the Philippines had reason to be up with the info Chinese television (if not tuning in themselves). That was because on week 5 of reality competition “Singer 2018” on Hunan Television, singing marvel KZ Tandingan made her debut as a replacement contestant, even going so far as to outperform British singer Jessie J, who she had looked up to in the early days of her career. Over the next few weeks KZ continued on the show. Unfortunately her streak on “Singer 2018” would last only 5 weeks, with KZ being one half of a double elimination last Friday.
CNN Philippines has it that KZ Tandingan was eliminated in the March 16 episode of “Singer 2018”, a development shared by the Filipina singer herself on her Twitter page. That Friday last week was the Knockout/Challenge portion of the competition’s third round, and the first time that two contestants were eliminated from contention. This was due to Jessie J being absent from the March 9 (Qualifying) episode, rendering the results tabled until she returned the following airdate. Here the British powerhouse sang her way into her fourth Rank-1 finish, while KZ and Chinese singer James Li floundered with low votes.
“I close my eyes because faith is seeing for me,” KZ, whose various song genres include acoustic jazz, R&B, soul, pop, EDM and rap, wrote in her announcement tweet. “I did everything I could, but the results are out of our control. I’m going home tomorrow with a happy heart.” In addition, her official Facebook page also announced her elimination from “Singer 2018”, and shared a video of her final performance from last Friday night. KZ, the third person to perform that episode, sang “Royals” by New Zealand singer Lorde.
March 16 was also a challenge phase, with Henry Huo, who came in on March 9, fighting to secure his spot in the contest, which he did by ranking the last “safe spot”. With the results in, KZ founder herself in the bottom three of the competitors along with James Li and Inner Mongolian singer Tengger. In the end, voting from the studio audience saved Tengger and consigned KZ and Li to leaving the competition.
However, her elimination does not necessarily spell the end of KZ appearing on “Singer 2018”. “This won’t be the last time the world will hear a Filipino sing her heart out,” she said at the closing of her Twitter post. “Thank You Lord! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” That is true; she and James Li will return in the March 23 episode for their respective farewell numbers.
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