KZ Tandingan blows away ‘Say Something’ artists A Great Big World | Inquirer Entertainment

KZ Tandingan blows away ‘Say Something’ artists A Great Big World

/ 04:14 PM February 26, 2018

Image: Instagram/@kztandingan

KZ Tandigan’s evocative performance of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” earned her a fourth-place ranking on “Singer 2018”, bringing the audience to tears.

Though she only had a day to prepare for it, her rendition was enough to secure her position as a mainstay in the Chinese singing competition.


She also earned the admiration of the American musical duo themselves, which consists of singer-songwriters Ian Axel and Chad King.


“Wow. @KZofficial. wow,” they wrote in a Twitter post with a video of Tandingan’s cover.

“Whoah. Thank you so much for appreciating,” the “X Factor Philippines” singer replied.

Tandingan captured the pain of a relationship slipping away as she repeatedly sang the lyrics, “Say something I’m giving up on you” through a range of emotions.

However, this wasn’t the original song she had been preparing. Just a day before the show,  she was asked to do another song since her initial choice was not well-known among Chinese audiences, according to Tandingan’s agency Cornerstone Entertainment. The last-minute change also forced the agency to fly-in her guitarist for the performance.


“Say Something” happens to be a song from the audition which helped her charm her way into the contest. This time, it earned her a ticket to stay on the show.

The song was popularized by American artist Christina Aguilera when she recorded a duet with A Great Big World. JB


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