中国新歌声 (SING CHINA) Episode 5: Tune in for some ‘machine-gun’ rapping

Sing China episode 5's Yang De Su and Zhang Xin Yue
Rappers Yang De Su and Zhang Xin Yue

The first part of 中国新歌声 Sing China episode 5 is like blind auditions on steroids. It consisted of several under-a-minute long snippets of different contestants put together. Perhaps the competition received so many contestants that they were unable to give every one who got through the blind auditions any meaningful period of air time. Due to the hasty cuts, the first part of the episode was rather difficult to watch, luckily there was a special performance by Jay Chou, where he performed a magic show to delight us.

Using playing cards, Jay Chou accepted Na Ying’s challenge to predict the number of students the different coaches would get in this season based on the numbers depicted on the card or cards they drew. harlem was the first to pick his card. Based on the readings, harlem would get 12 students. Next to go was Wang Feng, who was said to get 11 students. Na Ying was predicted to bag 13.

The second part of Episode 5 featured the singers who got through to the blind auditions.

Guan Lingzhi, Unchain my Heart

At 57, Lingzhi may be one of the oldest contestants on Sing China but that didn’t stop her from giving her all. Singing ‘Unchain My Heart’, Lingzhi has a low, theathrical voice. Lingzhi who has been singing for 38 years, put up a good show too, grooving to the song in her tall platform shoes. The veteran singer picked Harlem Yu to be her coach.

Guan Lingzhi is 57 this year
Guan Lingzhi

Zhou Yang, 我好想你 

We love Zhou Yang’s slower, more emotional version of Sodageen’s pop 我好想你. Hers was a mellow, controlled version, giving the song a very different dimension. We were not particularly wowed by her singing but we thought she conveyed the emotions of the song quite well. We also thought she was a little pitchy at times. Jay Chou was the first to come sliding down for her. Zhou Yang joined Na Ying’s team.

Zhou Yang performing on Sing China episode 5
Zhou Yang

 Yang De Su and Zhang Xin Yue, 天空

Just a few verses into the song by De Su, we already knew this is was going to be a formidable duo. Xin Yue has powerful, resonant vocals while He Su’s rapping was very impressive, he seemed to be able to go on forever, without having to stop to catch his breath. In fact, Jay chou commented that He Su sounded like a machine gun. Their pairing was simply explosive. If we had to ntipick, it would be that Xin Yue needed to work on her English diction. The duo got votes from all four coaches in the end. The team chose Jay Chou.

Wang Chen Rui , 深海

This was a cold start for us. It’s not that Chen Rui’s singing wasn’t good but it just wasn’t outstanding for us. Throughout the song, we were waiting for some kind of spark to happen but the entire performance ended up being quite ho-hum for us. So we wree a little surprised to see Na Ying slam the button, followed by Wang Feng. Chen Rui joined Na Ying’s team.

Wu Jiang – 17岁女生的温柔

What a cute raggae performance by Wu Jiang. His voice was very pleasing and put us in chilled mood. We found ourselves swaying to the music even after his performance ended. We also liked that his voice was slightly coarse. Jay Chou and Harlem Yu pressed the button and Wu Jiang picked the former.

Wu Ying Xiang, 我的梦 

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Yin Xiang has a beautiful voice and did a great job at singing我的梦. Hearing her sing, we believe Ying Xiang has a powerful voice but she seemed to be holding back from letting it all go. We hope to be able to hear her leash out that power in future performances. Ying Xiang went with team Harlem Yu.

Lin Kai Lun, Karen, 爱是什么

Karen put up a steady performance and sang 爱是什么 well. However, we wished there was more variation in her singing, as her first verse sounded the same as her second, and similarly in the third and so on. Her vocals also seemed a little stressed at times.  Karen joins Wang Feng’s team.

Yu Tian, 那些花儿

Perhaps it was the slow tempo of the song, we found Yu Tian’s performance quite underwhelming. We hope Yu Tian had picked a more upbeat song as his vocals were actually quite good. He joined Jay Chou’s team.

Bao Shi Yu, 安和桥

Shi Yu sounds very different when she sings and speaks. She has a sweet and youthful speaking voice, whereas her singing voice sounded very steady. Her country style singing struck a chord with us – making her one of our favourite contestants in this round. Shi Yu joined Jay Chou’s team.

Bao Shi Yu performing on Sing China episode 5
Bao Shi Yu

Watch the full episode of Sing China (中国新歌声) here

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