Mop up your tears, Internet: Nathan Hartono’s Sing!China dream may be over, but our hometown boy’s still the biggest winner in our hearts. Not only did he make it into the coveted top two, the 25-year-old also walked away with plenty of life-changing opportunities ahead, and it’s safe to say he’ll be continuing to live out his dreams on a global scale. Before we delve into the deep stuff, let’s recap the magic from last night’s suspense-inducing finale.
See what we mean when we say he’s still the champ? We give you 6 more reasons why Nathan Hartono came out tops in our books.
#1 Everyone already knows his name
Ask any stranger on the streets of Orchard Road whether they’ve heard of a certain smiley lad on Sing!China and it’ll probably be a resounding yes. After all, Nathan made history by becoming the first ever Singaporean to enter the finals, having spent the entire season being favoured by judges and fans for his swoon-worthy vocals.
Aw Starbucks you so sweet. (This isn't tho cuz I asked for less syrup) pic.twitter.com/C8Bo1tLdQP
— Nathan Hartono (@NathanHartono) July 22, 2016
Yes, including this lovely Starbucks barista.
#2 He’s got famous fans in his club
As if having an endless line of fangirls queuing up to be his girlfriends ain’t enough, the chap has some pretty famous names cheering him on! Aside from his celebrity mentor Jay Chou, Nathan garnered massive support from his local clique from the likes of Benjamin Kheng, Charlie Lim, Joakim Gomez, Deekosh and more.
He’s even won praise from Taiwanese veteran singer Judy Ongg, who complimented that his voice was “a miracle” and that he “has a big future waiting for him”. We couldn’t agree more!
#3 He’s landed a major record deal
Following his highly-successful single ‘Electricity’ under Warner Music Singapore back in July, the musician is set to release a new batch of music at the end of the year. As much as we adore his awkward attempts at Mandarin, we can’t wait for him to embrace his jazzy English roots again.
#4 All the brands love him
Y’know should’ve known that Nathan’s pretty much the unofficial spokesperson of Milo by now (Milo Hartono, anyone?), and it gets better when Nestle decided to make his dream a reality by treating everyone to Milo peng at Plaza Singapura before his finals on Friday. We’ve also gotten word that more Milo parties are on their way, so look out for that!
To sweeten the deal further, F&B chain Tung Lok (whose executive chairman, Andrew Tjioe, happens to be Nathan’s uncle) will be celebrating his achievements by gifting patrons with free servings of his favourite dishes this weekend, plus a 25 per cent discount at all its outlets this coming Monday. Thanks for the free food, Nathan!
#5 Even China doesn’t wanna let him go
Fun fact: Nathan was actually offered an audition opportunity on Sing!China last year, which he unfortunately turned down due to his busy filming schedule. Even though he wasn’t able to emerge victorious, it seems like China already has its eyes set on this budding talent.
“There’s been a bunch [of offers], but I have been dodging a lot of those things because I really want to recollect myself when this thing is over,” he revealed in an earlier interview. “I’m still an indie musician now, but this year’s plans may change rapidly after this.” Regardless of his decision, what we do know is that he’s gonna be even bigger in 2017 and beyond. Watch out, world!
#6 Yet he’s incredibly humble about everything
Despite not taking home the gold, we loved how Nathan remained cool about his loss and instead expressed his gratitude for being able to perform at the famed Beijing “Bird’s Nest”. “I’m not bothered one bit. I couldn’t have been happier to even be included in the finals. To then compete in the Top 2? That’s just insane,” the singer bared it all in a heartfelt Instagram post. “My heart is full, my body is tired, my stomach is craving bak chor mee.” (Someone, please feed the poor boy some bak chor mee.)
Welcome home, Nathan Hartono.
Credit: SGAG Facebook
With that, we at Teenage HQ sincerely extend our congratulations to our beloved Teenage Icon ’05 winner – you’ve done us proud!