Favourite G.E.M. Tang failed to make top spot on singing competition I Am a Singer 2, being narrowly beaten by 46-year-old Han Lei.
She achieved 24.95 percent, while the veteran crooner garnered 28.31 percent of the audience's votes.
For the final round of the contest, there were rumours were circulating that G.E.M. wanted her ex-boyfriend Yoga Lin to be her duet partner.
When this obviously did not happen due to their recent breakup, she performed with Khalil Fong instead, much to the disappointment of her fans.
In the final solo round, G.E.M. performed a medley of three songs – Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “We are the Champions”, and Cui Jian’s (崔健) 1986 classic, “Nothing to My Name” <一無所有>, the unofficial anthem of the Tiananmen Square protests.
The media reported that G.E.M. may have been hinting at her recent breakup with the performance, but when asked why she chose to sing “Nothing to My Name”, G.E.M. said simply, “Read the lyrics!”
Despite her loss, many of her fans quickly took to Weibo to express their support for the young singer-songwriter. In an online poll on Weibo, G.E.M. garnered 800,000 out of a possible 2.4 million votes.