One of the most anticipated performances in this episode had to be Singapore’s Nathan Hartono. Other than being a difficult round to go through, as all contestants will be fighting to stay on as the final 20, Nathan will also have to show the audience that he is more than just a pretty boy. Jay Chou’s special guest for the night was veteran singer Fei Yu-ching (費玉清) who sang one of Jay’s hit songs 青花瓷 as well as a duet with Jay for the opening segment.
Here’s the breakdown for 中国新歌声 Sing China episode 7:
Low Profile vs Cheng Si Jia
Remember the machine-gun rapping duo from episode 5? Well they are back this round to battle the equally impressive Cheng Si Jia. Using Michael Jackson’s Bad as the backdrop to their performance, the duo delivered a polished performance and highlighted each other’s vocal strength. The rapping was the highlight of their performance of course. For Cheng Si Jia, it was quite unfortunate to be paired up against the dynamic Low Profile. Even though she gave a solid performance, it wasn’t enough to oust the duo from the competition.
Yu Tian vs Shan Liang
Both singers in this battle sang a medley of an English pop song and a classic Mandarin song from guest Fei Yu-ching. Yu Tian from Canada sang Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and 风凰于飞 and Shan Liang from Liaoning sang Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours and 南屏晚钟. We think both are equally matched and Yu Tian had a slight edge with a better English diction and a nicer vocal tone albeit a little whinny. The bubbly Shan Liang was a little disadvantaged by the English number and was teased by Na Ying for having an unique Beijing-English accent. Yu Tian will go through to the next round.
Bao Shi Yu vs Zeng Min Jie
This round between the two talented ladies is one that was too close to call. Shi Yu maintains her steady and soothing ballad singing style for this round. In a competition that favours belters and x-factors, she took Jay Chou’s 彩虹 and made it her own, cruising through the song with ease and gave the intense competition a breather. Min Jie on the other hand rejected song suggestions from Jay for this round and decided to pick a song that she feels more confident. Her rendition of Sandy Lam’s 伤痕 exude a lot of personal style and managed to impress judges with her emotions and delivery and is through to the next round.
Nathan Hartono vs Huang Jun Jie
We love the song 我们都寂寞 from Eason Chan and we were glad that Nathan selected it for this round. Looking suave with his signature scarf, Nathan carried the song well from start to end. Although his rendition was good, there was one problem with his performance. His theatrics were over the top and at times felt that it were to cover up for his lack of uniqueness. Jun Jie on the other hand was cool as a cucumber. Playing the bass and swaying to the tune of 迷迭香, his performance had a lot of class and showed a lot of confidence. Eventually it was Nathan who was picked for the next round to face-off with rappers Low Profile.
Wu Jiang vs Pu Xiang
In the last round for Team Jay Chou, Wu Jiang’s reggae arrangement prove to be no match for Pu Xiang’s edgy and straight singing style. Pu Xiang’s extensive vocal range and unique Mongolian style won praises from all the judges. He was the last singer selected from this round of Sing China to represent Team Jay Chou in the next round.