SINGAPORE — Jazz vocalist Joanna Dong has finished third in the Sing! China finals, failing to make the cut for the grand final involving the top two contestants.
Zhaxipingcuo, 31, who is known for mixing World music with elements of Tibetan performances, emerged the grand champion.
Dong, 35, performed a reinterpretation of Applause by Fong Fei-fei on Sunday night (Oct 8) at the iconic Beijing National Stadium.
Earlier in the evening, she sang Simple Love together with mentor Jay Chou. Clad in a stylish purple dress, she incorporated The Carpenters’ Top of the World in her performance.
After their song, the mandopop star said that he was very satisfied with her performance, adding that it was a very “relaxed” opening song.
Dong was up against four finalists from the other mentors’ teams in the season two finale of the programme — Doris Guo from Team Na Ying, Xiao Kaiye and Ye Xiaoyue from Team Eason Chan, and Zhaxipingcuo from Team Liu Huan.
Based on results after the first two rounds of performances – where the audience was asked to cast votes, Guo and Zhaxipingcuo advanced to the penultimate contest.
The Tibetan artiste edged out Guo, a 17-year old prodigy from Hunan, with a score of 105.18 versus 95.82. The final score was a matrix of votes cast by 101 professional judges and the audience.
Dong is the second Singaporean after Nathan Hartono to make it to the Sing! China finals. Last year, he took second place in season one of the show. He also chose Chou as a mentor.
Hartono competed against five other finalists and performed the song Nunchucks with Jay Chou and a cover of the latter’s The Longest Movie in the grand finals.