The first two episodes of Hunan Television’s I Am a Singer 2 (我是歌手 2) reality show have been broadcast, and if you haven’t seen Hong Kong representative G.E.M.’s two appearances yet, you’ll want to catch up ASAP.
Not only has the popular 22-year-old Cantopop singer been garnering the attention of local Hong Kong media for her performances of “Bubble” (泡沫) and “Existence” (存在) – both arranged with Lupo Groinig, who is also responsible for G.E.M.’s latest single “Intoxicated” – but Mainland Chinese media has practically exploded with headlines of the “Empress with Giant Lungs” (巨肺天后).This previously little-known Hong Kong singer has successfully captured the Mainland Chinese audience. G.E.M.’s talent, attitude, and image has also literally stolen the hearts of young Chinese males with new labels of “Goddess” and “Dream Girlfriend” being attached to her name.
I Am a Singer‘s second season is now well on its way after the first episode’s premiere on January 3rd. The show consistently rakes in top ratings and its popularity is partly due to the program’s uniqueness. Compared to other reality singing programs who recruit from the mass, it showcases famous artists and challenges them to demonstrate their real musical talent in a world where artists who can perform live are becoming scarce. The show also brings back to popularity older Chinese singers. This season, G.E.M. is competing against six other singers, among them are well-known Chinese Olympic ambassador Wei Wei and the beloved Han Lei, who has sung no less than 50 Chinese drama theme songs in the past two decades.
G.E.M. excitedly announced her participation in I Am a Singer to her Facebook and Sina Weibo fans this past December, and shared this with Chinese media outlets: “With this opportunity, to perform on this stage, I’ll have to train and prepare to deliver 200%. To be a singer as a profession is a great honour.” We at AX3 wish her the best of luck in this competition, and we’re lucky to have witnessed her incredible energy and passion live here in Vancouver before.
(For our Chinese readers who happen to live in Changsha, there’s an opportunity for you to sign up to be a member of the 500-member live audience for I Am a Singer! Check out the details here.)