In episode 10 of I Am A Singer 4, the ‘new’ singer is none other than the ‘Father of Chinese Folk songs’ 老狼 (Old Wolf). Up against ‘seasoned’ contestant on I Am A Singer 4, this ‘old wolf’ wasn’t able to win over the audience and only managed to come in at 6th position. Hwang Chi Yeol is top of the charts once again with his magnetic stage presence and Joey Yung took a surprise last position with a romantic ballad.
Here’s a breakdown of the contestants’ performances in round 10 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 突然想爱你
One thing we can say with absolute certainty is that Joey’s Mandarin diction is way better than Hacken’s. In this round, Joey exercise good control for Valen Hsu’s (许茹芸) 突然想爱你 to give it a classier and more polish performance. Nothing much to discuss technical wise as it was simply a straightforward ballad and one that was not memorable.
2. Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 浪费
Lala Hsu is under tremendous pressure this round after coming in last in the previous one. A little misstep will cause her being booted out from the competition. Lala has a storytelling voice that always leaves you wanting more. Even when she picked a song as unfamiliar as 浪费, you can’t help but be pulled into her emotive space and be captivated by her ‘story’. We are glad that she had that talk with her stylist. She went on stage with a simple white dress that accentuated her curves instead of a gaudy looking, ill-fitted dress.
3. Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 天梯
天梯 (Staircase to the sky) originally performed by C All Star, is a song about a touching love story that happened in Chongqing, China. The story was about a couple who moved to the mountains to avoid gossips due to the age gap between the man and the woman. The man was 10 years younger. The man spent 50 years to carve a staircase that’s over 6,000 steps into the mountains without any tools for his wife who had slipped while going down the mountains to buy necessities. We were glad that Hacken picked the Cantonese version of the song (there is a Mandarin version) for this round. Performing the song with C All Star, Hacken managed to bring back a bit of that Cantopop magic that very much defined the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
4. Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 改变自己
There is simply no stopping this ‘Oppa’. His stage presence is just electrifying! Just when you thought you have seen his every genre and moves, he hits you with another bout of surprise. Hwang Chi Yeol literally brought the house down with this upbeat version of 改变自己 by Leehom. What surprises us was not his singing capabilities, but his ease in performing different genre of music Even though his diction and pitch was not perfect, everyone in the audience was dancing away and infatuated with his style that they were not even concern. As for Hwang, it just felt like he was born to sing and perform.
5. Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 记得
Honestly, Jeff Chang has lasted longer on I Am A Singer 4 than we expected. His cover of 记得 is more ‘sob-worthy’ and a version we liked the least when compared to A-Mei and JJ Lin’s. Like we said in our previous commentary, Jeff’s sincerity and his commitment to giving freshness to the song arrangement could be the reason why he is still here.
6. Coco Lee 李玟 – 不潮不用花钱
Coco’s round 10 performance was strangely entertaining. Not only was it one of the most over the top show she has done on I Am A Singer 4 so far, it was also the loudest in terms of dressing. Studded fire engine read cap and gold coloured skinny pants was her ensemble for her hip hop look and song. Although her ‘Las Vegas’ expressions still irks us, she sang well in this round.
7. Old Wolf 老狼 – 旅途
I Am A Singer is an amazing reality programme that is able to showcase the vastness of music styles and the addition of 老狼 amplifies that vastness. Known as the ‘Father of Chinese Folk songs’, 老狼’s rich mid-tones gave his performance a sense of sincerity and earnestness. There are some songs that we want to sing along with and songs that you just want to listen to it quietly and simply appreciating it. 老狼’s performance of 旅途 is the latter.
Here’s the final ranking for I Am A Singer 4 round 10:
Rank 1: Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 改变自己
Rank 2: Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 天梯
Rank 3: Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 浪费
Rank 4: Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 记得
Rank 5: Coco Lee 李玟 – 不潮不用花钱
Rank 6: Old Wolf 老狼 – 旅途
Rank 7: Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 突然想爱你