In the last two seasons of Sing China, we saw Nathan Hartono and Joanna Dong do Singapore proud when they reached the finals and clinched the runner-up and 2nd runner-up positions respectively. Sing China 2018 looks set to have some Singaporean representation too. However, as the competition is still in its early stages and coupled with a new PK format, there is yet to be a confirmation on who exactly will be representing Singapore.
We’ll be following the competition closely to provide the latest updates on representatives from The Lion City in this article.
Joining veteran judges Jay Chou and Harlem Yu, Sing China 2018 welcomes two new judges: Hong Kong superstar Nicholas Tse and Chinese singer Li Jian.
New Knock-out format
This year’s competition also features a new knock-out format in the blind auditions. Each judge can only pick a maximum of six contestants during this phase and in the event, they select another contestant beyond the six, the new contestant will be required to challenge one of the existing six contestants for a spot in the next round.
Beverly Lim Morata, the first Singaporean to appear on Sing China 2018
Update: 27 July
And the first Singaporean to get a mention on Sing China 2018 is Beverly Lim Morata (村田白慧莉)! Her rendition of 飘雪 convinced Li Jian to pick her as one of his team members. However, based on the new format (mentioned above), her place in the 2nd round is not 100% cemented
Beverly was known for her stint in the first season of Singapore Idol, circa 2004. And in recent years, she has established herself as a professional jazz singer. Below you can see a brief summary of her appearance on the show.
Update: 10 August
in the 4th episode, Beverly was challenged by Li Zhi Yu (李志宇) and was ultimately knocked out of the competition.
So near yet so far: Eli Low Jiahui.
Update: 3rd Aug
The next Singaporean to appear on the show was Eli Low Jiahui (刘嘉慧). Unlike Beverly who only got a brief appearance on the show, Eli got to perform not once, but three times! Her first performance – 《时间轴》was so impressive that all four judges turned around! She eventually chose to join Jay Chou’s team, but because Jay’s team was already full, she had to challenge an existing group member to clinch a spot, in which she was successful.
Most of us watching would have thought she’ll be on her way to the next round and possibly even be able to emulate Nathan Hartono and Joanna Dong’s success of reaching the grand finals. But sadly, it was not her day.
Towards the end of the show, contestant Wu Qi (吴奇), who chose Jay decided that he wanted to challenge the strongest member of Jay’s team – which happened to be Eli. There and then, Jay opted to go with Wu Qi whom he felt performed better.