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I Am a Singer (Chinese TV series)

I Am a Singer
I Am a Singer logo (Chinese)
Also known asChinese: 我是歌手; pinyin: Wǒ Shì Gēshǒu
Singer (Chinese: 歌手; pinyin: Gēshǒu) (Season 5-)
Presented byCommon
He Jiong (Seasons 1-2 Finals, Season 4-)
Wang Han (Seasons 1-3 Finals)
Shen Mengchen (Biennial Concert)
Liu Ye (Season 6-)
Season 1
Yu Quan (Main competition)
Sha Baoliang (Finals)
Season 2
Phil Chang Yu (Main competition)
Liao Fan (Breakouts)
Season 3
Leo Ku (Main competition; Episodes 1-7)
Sun Nan (Main competition; Episodes 8–11 and Breakout)
Season 4
Hacken Lee (Main competition)
Kim Ji-mun, Su Yunying, Chao Chuan, Shin, Daichin Tana, Guan Zhe, Elvis Wang, Wang Yang, Joey Yung, Jeff Chang (Breakouts)
Season 6
Angela Chang (Main competition)
Season 7
Wu Tsing-fong (Main competition)
Hong Tao (Pre-challenge Face-off)
Theme music composerKubert Leung
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Standard Chinese
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes97
Executive producer(s)Hong Tao
Production location(s)Chang Sha
Running time2 hour 10–20 minutes
Original networkHBS: Hunan Television
Picture format576i (16:9 and 4:3) (SDTV),
1080p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original release18 January 2013 –
Related showsKorea: I Am a Singer
External links

I Am a Singer (Chinese: 我是歌手; pinyin: Wǒ Shì Gēshǒu) is a Chinese reality show broadcast on Hunan Television. It is based on I Am a Singer the Korean show with the same name. The competition was opened to well-known professional singers from the music industry across worldwide, and features a very varied cast of singers performing each week, usually with seven singers, who performed for a 500-member audience. The votes cast from the audience were the sole determinant for the results and one singer who received the fewest votes is eliminated while a new singer substituted in place of that singer, featuring a constantly changinng lineup of artist throughout the series. The first season featured 12 contestants, but later increased as much as 17 due to twists and competition rules added in later seasons[1]. The inaugural series was first taped on 10 January 2013 and premiered on 18 January 2013.

After four seasons under the name of I Am a Singer, in 2017, the competition went on a re-branding with a simplified title of Singer (Chinese: 歌手; pinyin: Gēshǒu), but retaining similar competition format[2]. The seventh and recent season of I Am a Singer, entitled Singer 2019, began filming on January 4, 2019, premiered on January 11, 2019 and ended on April 12, 2019.[3]


Competition rules

Each round of I Am a Singer had seven singers (or eight in some weeks) who performed for a 500-member audience each week. The order that they performed was determined through ballot or based on prior performances, depending on each week. Each audience member then cast votes for the top three singers of their preference, and these votes were tabulated to determine each singer's placement for the night. Since season 7, with the implementation of Electronic voting (which was conducted thrice throughout the show), each scores accounted a 50% weightage towards final results.

The competition was usually divided into four or five rounds (first 10 or 11 weeks), which consist of usually non-elimination "Qualifiers" and "Knockouts". The votes for both rounds were combined and the singer who ranked last was eliminated from the competition. Eliminated singers were entitled to a Returning Performance on the next show and a chance to return to the competition via the Breakout Round, though eliminations could also be cancelled if another singer chose to withdraw from the competition, or if any contestant was given a bye due to health conditions. At the end of each round, a new singer would take the place of the eliminated/withdrawn singer and the competition cycle would repeat until the last knockout round (dubbed "Ultimate Knockouts") was completed. At the end of the episode a table was usually shown to indicate the rankings.

As part of the "2+1" format introduced in the third season which includes the "Challenge" round followed each Knockout round, where the number of rounds was usually one less than that of Knockout rounds. A new singer (dubbed as "Challenger") would substitute for an eliminated singer during the start of the round, and was given a challenge in which the singer was required to beat a majority of the singers (finishing within top four or better) or facing elimination; if the challenger succeeds, any incumbent singers were eligible for elimination which was decided on which singers received a lower count of votes. Unlike Knockouts, the votes for the Challenge round were factored independently of other votes. Season 5 replaced Qualifiers with Challenge rounds immediately after the first Knockouts, to accommodate two substitute singers coming to the competition (one of which was a challenger). Season 6 temporarily revised the format, where the challenger enters the competition during the Knockouts and had to avoid last place on their first week in addition to finishing in the top four on the second week (in a combination of both Knockout and Challenge rounds); failing either challenge eliminated the singer immediately. However, in Season 7, due to the season-exclusive Pre-Challenge Face-off (see twists below), the challenge round format was reverted to the season 3 to 5 format, with the challenger winning the face-off immediately facing the Challenge round.

The round after the last Knockout round was the "Breakout" round (called "Revival" round in I Am a Singer (Chinese Season 1)), which featured eliminated singers (except for withdrawn singers) performing for an opportunity to reinstate in the competition and take part in the finals. In Season 1, all remaining singers were exempt from this round, leaving eliminated singers to compete for the only place in the Semi-Finals. Starting in the second season, any remaining initial singers (singers who entered the competition on week 1) were exempt while other singers were required to participate the Breakout round to vie for the number of places, which was determined by how many initial singers were exempt, to complete the sever-singer lineup (with the exception of season 5, with the number of finalists briefly increased to ten). The outcome was decided on which singers received a higher count of votes, and the singers who were successful on the "Breakouts" were qualified (along with exempted singers) in the Finals. Since Season 6, additional twists were also featured where singers receiving a lower count of votes in a prior voting immediately losing the Breakout regardless of the outcome.

The last stage of the competition, the Finals, was usually divided into Semi-Finals and the live-broadcast Grand Finals (dubbed as "Winner of Battle"), held on two separate nights. The finalists had to sing from two to three songs (one duet and one or two solo performances), with audience voting for their performances in-between each round. For the first two seasons, the scores were weighted in favor of the final performance (30%–30%–40%), but subsequent seasons used the sum of the votes cast to determine the winner of the season (Seasons 6 and 7 factored only the final round instead of combined votes). The host usually announced the top candidates as "Ultimate Winner Candidates" before revealing the winner of the season.

Since Season 2 (except for Season 7), a live-telecast Biennial Concert was featured to showcase the best singers of the season plus selected singers from former seasons.


Pot Luck

The viewing audience voted online for "Pot Luck" songs featured during episode 8 of Season 1. Meanwhile, each singer chose three songs which he or she did not want to sing. If the audience picked one of these songs, the singer could choose another. Pot Luck did not return after Season 2.


If the lowest combined scores were tied after an elimination round, the eliminations were postponed to the following show; the singer who received a lower vote would be eliminated regardless of overall placement, while elimination (if applicable) went ahead as normal. The first tiebreaker happened in Season 4, when two singers were tied for seventh place during the first elimination round.

Hosting Roles

Hosting Roles were introduced in Season 3, where singers may be elected to be the show's host in addition to contesting at the same time, with the role managed by his or her manager or music partner. The role would be vacated once the singer was eliminated, and would be replaced by another singer. Hosting roles were absent in Season 5, as well as in the finals.

Returning performances

These were exhibition performances which showcased the singers who were eliminated the previous week. Since Season 2, singers who voluntarily withdrew from the competition without performing have not been eligible for Returning performances.

Singer Voting

Singer voting was introduced in Season 3 and removed in Season 6. Following the performances the singers could make predictions on which three singers would get the most audience votes. Guessing correctly could entitle a singer to a small advantage in the next round. These predictions were not tabulated into the final results.

I Am a Singer – Who Will Challenge

An online spin-off, I Am a Singer – Who Will Challenge, was produced during Season 4. The online viewing audience would cast votes for potential contestants of the broadcast show.

Pre-audience Voting

Pre-audience Voting was introduced in Season 6 as a twist on Singer Voting. Midway through the program, when only four singers had performed, the audience members were asked to make early predictions (one vote for electronic voting) on which three singers would receive the most votes after the remaining performances of that episode. Like Singer Voting, Pre-audience Voting does not count towards the tally and has no impact onto the outcome of the competition (with one exception). Due to the implementation of electronic voting which allowed scores to be factored, the Pre-audience Voting was removed in Season 7.

National's Recommended Singer

An online spin-off, titled National's Recommended Singer was held during Season 7. On certain time periods throughout the season, potential singers can audition and must be able to turn up for the show's arrangements set by the producers[4]. Qualified singers will then face a public vote to select a singer who will face off against a Challenger during the Knockouts in a Pre-Challenge Face-off (not broadcast on television). Unlike regular Challengers, results were done separately from other contestants (this vote was separate from the final result); the singer will qualify as a regular Challenger if he or she wins the face-off, otherwise he or she will be eliminated in addition to being ineligible to participate in the Breakouts, similar to Withdrew singers.[5]


As of 2019, seven seasons have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Season Premiere Date Finale Date No. of contestants No. of episodes Winner Runner-up Third place [A] Other Finalists [B] Comments
1 18 January 2013 12 April 2013 12 13 Yu Quan Terry Lin Aska Yang Winnie Hsin
Huang Qishan
Julia Peng
Zhou Xiao'ou
Only season to feature Pot Luck.
2 3 January 2014 11 April 2014 12 14 Han Lei G.E.M. Shila Amzah Gary Chaw
Jason Zhang
Phil Chang
Bibi Zhou
Introduced new Breakout round format and Biennial Concert.
3 2 January 2015 3 April 2015 13 14 Han Hong Li Jian The One A-Lin
Tiger Hu
Sitar Tan
Sun Nan
Introduced Contestant Hosting roles, Challenge Rounds and Singer Voting, and replaced weighted finals percentage with combined votes.
4 15 January 2016 8 April 2016 14 14 Coco Lee Jeff Chang Hwang Chi Yeul LaLa Hsu
Lao Lang
Hacken Lee
Joey Yung
First season with eight initial singers, and an online spin-off I Am a Singer – Who Will Challenge.
5 21 January 2017 22 April 2017 16 14 Sandy Lam Dimash Kudaibergen Lion Li Jian
Terry Lin
Diamond Zhang
Tia Ray
Jason Zhang
Series renamed to Singer
Only season to feature returning singers from previous seasons, and first season to have an increased number of finalists.
6 12 January 2018 20 April 2018 14 14 Jessie J Hua Chenyu Wang Feng Tengger
Angela Chang
Henry Huo
James Li
Only season to feature modifications of Challenge round lasting two shows, Pre-audience Voting, and first season to feature midway eliminations in Breakout round.
7 11 January 2019 12 April 2019 17[C][D] 14 Liu Huan Wu Tsing-fong Super-Vocal finalists Yang Kun
Chyi Yu
Gong Linna
Polina Gagarina
Introduced Electronic voting feature, online spin-off National's Recommended Singer, and online voting (semi-finals only).
8 January 2020 TBA
  1. ^ Prior to Season 2, there were two "Ultimate Winner Candidates", hence there were no third-place singers.
  2. ^ Singers are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if they were not given any ranking (starting from second round finalists).
  3. ^ The total number of contestants include three National's Recommended Singers, and losers of Pre-Challenge Face-off (which singers were ineligible for Breakouts).
  4. ^ One more singer was added impromptu due to a contestant injury before the final elimination round of the competition.


International Broadcast

Country Channel Broadcast Remarks
 Hong Kong TVB Jade 2013-2016
TVB Window 2015-2016 Aired reruns of I Am a Singer (Chinese Season 2)
 Taiwan GTV Variety Show 2015-present
 United States Sky Link TV 2016-present Simulcast
 Malaysia Astro Quan Jia HD 2016-present Simulcast
 Brunei 2018-present
 Singapore MediaCorp Channel U 2014-present Aired reruns of past seasons; contains English captions
Commercial segments were edited out and advertorial logos (except for the title card) were pixelated
E City 2016-present Simulcast
 Kazakhstan Khabar Agency 2017 Only broadcast the finals; Dubbed in Kazakh language.

Many video-sharing websites, notably YouTube, had also released episodes on the Mango TV's official channel. Since Season six, English Captioning were added in the episodes.


  1. ^ (in Korean)Description of Program , MBC, Retrieved on November 15, 2011
  2. ^ 賀雅佳 (15 December 2016). 《我是歌手》更名《歌手》 競演卻比此前任何一季都激烈 (in Chinese). people.cn. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ "《歌手》发声明辟谣不实阵容名单:以官宣为准" . 新浪娱乐. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  4. ^ "自荐踢馆,《歌手》2019还能这么玩?" . 信息时报. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ "刘宇宁以超过146万票胜出" . 山西晚报. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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Categories: 2013 Chinese television series debuts | Chinese music television series | Chinese television series based on South Korean television series | Hunan Broadcasting System shows | I Am a Singer | Singing competitions | Television series set in the future

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