Did you know that long before his Sing! China days, Nathan Hartono was the “king” of song covers on YouTube? He even wrote a couple of original tracks, including one on – I kid you not – the unbearable pain of a wisdom tooth extraction.
I remember how much I made fun of my cousin, who adored him after he won the Teenage Icon singing competition back in 2005. But I guess the joke’s on me more than a decade later, as I swoon over his mellifluous voice in my little office cubicle.
Nathan has certainly come a long way, going from his ”teen jazz sensation” days to doing song covers on YouTube and of course, onto the international stage at Sing! China today.
As we cross our fingers and hope for another Singaporean victory a la Jo Schooling, let’s look back on our favourite Nathan Hartono song covers, as we reminisce the humble beginnings of the young heartthrob and his YouTube days.
FIREWORK - KATY PERRY
SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE
PLANE - JASON MRAZ
PUSHER LOVE GIRL - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
ALL OF ME - JOHN LEGEND
LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN - BRUNO MARS
THINKING OUT LOUD - ED SHEERAN
LAY ME DOWN - SAM SMITH
BONUS: If you didn’t believe me about his Wisdom Tooth song, watch the video for yourself below.
WISDOM TOOTH - NATHAN HARTONO
The Sing! China finals will be held at the Beijing National Stadium tonight, October 7, 2016 at 8pm.