Contestants in Team Harlem Yu must be the most quirky of the lot in this season of Sing China. From improv talents like Yao Xi and Fu Hao to belters like Yang Mei Na and Guan Lingzhi, you name it, they have it all. Which is what makes this episode a must watch. Special guest this episode is the unexpected Mavis Fan, who had a popular career in the 1990s but has been less active in the entertainment scene in recent years.
Here’s the breakdown for 中国新歌声 Sing China episode 8:
Ji Ke Hao vs Ah Ke Jiang
Ji Ke Hao must have the most unique tone of voice in this season of Sing China. Fusing styles from his tribe with pop music, Ji Ke Hao gave a refreshing twist to 旋木, a song made popular by diva Faye Wong. His competitor Ah Ke Jiang impressed with his progressive arrangement and styles, incorporating innovative elements into the song including a reenacted phone conversation with his dad and a rap segment into classic ballad 让我一次爱个够. Even though most judges felt that his performance was amazing and out of this world, Harlem chose boy-next-door Ji Ke Hao instead, to which we were disappointed.
Yao Xi vs Lee Rui Xuan
There is no doubt that Yao Xi is talented when it comes to rearranging popular hits to suit her style and giving it a new melody. However, parts of her performance felt deliberate and too ‘cutesy’. As for Lee Rui Xuan, he demonstrated versatility in his vocals and singing ability with a new take on Eason Chan’s 谢谢濃. From a vocal low register and mid-tones to falsettos and screams, he manages them well. Except for his weird showmanship that looks a little zombie-like, we felt that Lee Rui Xuan should be the winner of the round. Harlem chose Yao Xi in the end.
Wang Chuang vs Wu Yin Xiang
In this battle, we felt that Wang Chuang and Wu Yin Xiang are equally matched. Both picked a ballad for this round and simply delivered the song as it is without too much unnecessary techniques. We felt that Wang Chuan edged out Wu Yin Xiang from Brazil slightly with her vocal tone, innocence and malleable style. Wang Chuan heads to the next round after this battle.
Fu Hao vs Zhao Xiao Xi
This must be one of the best battle in this competition so far. If the competition has been tight thus far, this battle must be the tightest of the lot. Fu Hao’s electronic dance treatment to 东风破 must have surprised Jay Chou himself, who wrote the song in 2010. It sounded nothing like the original melody and Fu Hao’s unique nasal tone further elevated the song to a new level. Compared to Fu Hao, Zhao Xiao Xi’s signature falsettos (similar to the late-Prince) appeared lacklustre even though he gave it his best. But it was Zhao Xiao Xi who was selected for the next round in the end.
Guan Lingzhi vs Yang Mei Na
30 years apart in age from Yang Mei Na, 57-year old Guan Lingzhi chose a difficult song from Jonathan Lee, hailed as one of the godfathers of Taiwanese Mandopop. Her husky voice and sentimental voice was perfect for the song and if it were not for belter Mei Na, she would have advanced to the next round. We felt that China’s ‘Rihanna’ Mei Na could have done better in this round. She was breathless in some parts and didn’t really deliver the emotions of the song and felt a little distant. Mei Na wins this battle and is through to the next round.