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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 the Korean show of the same name. Each week seven talented and well-known singers perform for a selected audience, who vote for their favorites. The singer with the fewest votes is eliminated and another singer joins the competition the following week, with the lineup of artists constantly changing throughout the series.[1]

I Am a Singer
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I Am a Singer logo (Chinese)
Also known asChinese: 我是歌手; pinyin: Wǒ Shì Gēshǒu
Presented byHu Haiquan (Season 1 (except Episode 2 and Grand Finals) and 2 (Semi-Finals, 2014 Biennial Concert))
Chen Yufan (Season 1, Episode 2)
Sha Baoliang (Season 1 Grand Finals), He Jiong (Seasons 1-2 Finals, Season 4-), Wang Han (Seasons 1-3 Finals)
Phil Chang Yu (Season 2, Episode 1–10)
Liao Fan (Season 2, Breakouts)
Leo Ku (Season 3, Episodes 1-7)
Sun Nan (Season 3, Episodes 8–11 and Breakout), Shen Mengchen (Season 3 Biennial Concert)
Hacken Lee (Season 4, Episodes 1–11)
Kim Ji-mun, Su Yunying, Chao Chuan, Shin, Daichin Tana, Guan Zhe, Elvis Wang, Wang Yang, Joey Yung, Jeff Chang (Season 4 Breakout)
Liu Ye (Season 6-)
Angela Chang (Season 6, Episodes 1-12, Breakouts)
Wu Tsing-fong (Season 7, main competition)
Hong Tao (Season 7, Pre-challenge Face-off)
Theme music composerKubert Leung
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Standard Chinese
No. of series7
No. of episodes84 (13 presumed)
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
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The program was first taped on 10 January 2013 and premiered on 18 January 2013. In 2016 the program's name was changed to Singer (Chinese: 歌手; pinyin: Gēshǒu), and the rules of the competition were changed to eliminate a singer in each episode.[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 rulesEdit

Each round of I Am a Singer had seven initial singers (eight in Seasons 4 and 5) 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, each consisting 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 Season 3, 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) in order to stay in the competition. If the challenger fails, he or she would be automatically eliminated; otherwise the remaining 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 Ultimate Knockout round was the "Breakout" round (called "Revival" round in Season 1), which featured eliminated singers (except for withdrawn singers) performing for a chance to reinstate in the competition and take part in the finals. In Season 1, all of the remaining singers were exempt from this round, leaving eliminated singers to compete for the only one spot in the Semi-Finals. Starting in Season 2, any remaining initial singers were exempt while the other singers had to participate the Breakout round to vie for the number of spots, which was determined by how many initial singers were exempt, in order 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; singers who were successful on the "Breakouts" were qualified in the Semi-Finals or Grand Finals, while the losers were permanently eliminated from the competition.

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 (Season 6 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 LuckEdit

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 RolesEdit

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. The role would be vacated once the singer was eliminated, and would be replaced by another singer. There were no hosting roles in Season 5, as well as in the finals.

Returning performancesEdit

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 VotingEdit

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 ChallengeEdit

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 VotingEdit

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 SingerEdit

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 N/A   Winnie Hsin
  Huang Qishan
  Julia Peng
  Aska Yang
  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 on the last minute due to a contestant injury before the final elimination round of the competition.


International BroadcastEdit

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
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. ^ ‹See Tfd›(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). 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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