Kit Chan out of I Am A Singer

Chan is the first Singaporean singer to take part in the contest. It pits professional singers against one another.
Chan is the first Singaporean singer to take part in the contest. It pits professional singers against one another.

Singer Kit Chan, 42, has become the first contestant ousted on the popular China singing reality contest I Am A Singer.

Though she teared up at the news of her elimination on the show that was aired Friday night, she says that has no regrets.

"I am not playing to win, but I wanted to make sure that I use this platform to showcase who I am now, and what I do best and believe in at this point in my life as a person and a performer."

The results are based on the votes of the 500-strong audience in the studio.

Chan is the first Singaporean singer to take part in the contest. It pits professional singers against one another. There are no details on when the show will air in Singapore.

Chinese media reports say that her elimination could have been due in part to her relative obscurity among the Chinese audience, compared to her competitors such as Hong Kong's Leo Ku and China's Han Hong.

Chan herself is candid about the level of her popularity in China.

She says: "I am well aware that I have no established fan base in China, so I really had nothing to prove.

"Starting at ground zero, every new person I make a connection with through my performance is one more music fan won. What have I got to lose?"

The crooner may be out of the competition, but she has earned the support of netizens with her soothing renditions of Shino Lin's Tempting Heart and Jacky Cheung's Heart Cut By A Knife.

Her participation on the widely watched show is fast gaining her exposure in China. Since her debut on the show, "Kit Chan" has been one of the top search terms on Chinese Web-search provider Baidu.

There may be hope for her return to the show.

In previous seasons, eliminated contestants - such as Taiwan's Aska Yang and Malaysia's Gary Chaw - made it back to the competition in revival rounds.

If she does make a comeback, she says: "I will do what speaks to me. And then I believe it will seek out the people who can understand my performance."

nggwen@sph.com.sg