If you think you have seen it all in China’s music reality show I Am A Singer, episode 11 might just change your mind. In this episode, Hacken Lee surprised everyone by invited master pianist Lang Lang to play for him for his segment. The impressive duo gave a outstanding performance and snagged Hacken the top spot of the night. Then there was the Lady Gaga wannabe Coco Lee, whose “flesh” coloured outfit made our jaw dropped and not in a good way. After 11 rounds of fierce competition, the singers that had booked a place in the grand finals are Hwang Chi Yeol, Hacken Lee, Coco Lee and Lala Hsu.
Here’s a breakdown of the contestants’ performances in round 11 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 像中枪一样
Like what the netizens say, the is a pattern to Hwang Chi Yeol’s song selection – ballad for a week and an upbeat number for the next. So after last week’s dance tune 改变自己, it’s back to ballad this week. A powerful rock ballad from our favourite singer in the competition (yes, we are a little bias), Hwang Chi Yeol once again delivered a emotionally charged performance and one that is worthy for a concert performance.
2. Coco Lee 李玟 – Bad Romance
Dressed in an assassin-like hoodie before stripping away into a flesh-coloured outfit, this is one performance you wish you can un-see. But if you still choose to watch it, you have been warned. As entertainers, sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone, impress the audience, and keep the element of surprise. We salute Coco for being bold and for taking the meaning of entertainment up a notch but her performance left a bad taste (instead of Bad Romance) in our mouths. And what’s up with that design at the crotch area?
3. Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 这么远那么近
Another surprise for this round came from Jeff Chang. It’s the first time he sang in Cantonese on the show and we were half expecting a good laugh. But to our surprise, his diction is decent and his performance was passable. We felt that the song would have suited someone with more bass in the vocals and someone with a bit of an edge. Jeff’s voice is too clean and didn’t leave a lasting impression. In fact, the readings by the music director and the opera performance was way more impressive and helped gave him a big boost in the design of this “storytelling” musical segment.
4. Old Wolf 老狼 – 冬季校园
老狼’s voice is one of those rare ones that tells a story. He reminded us a lot about Taiwan’s Jonathan Lee, the godfather of Taiwanese Mandopop. Performing the song with his soulmate from his teenage years, there was a certain unspoken bond and brotherhood when both of them are singing, rapping and playing the jazzy number on stage. It go to show that if you enjoy your performance, the audience will too.
5. Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 一无所有
Lala Hsu’s ability to transform popular songs into a version that she has her own trademark is certainly amazing. In round 11 of I Am A Singer 4, she picked Cui Jian’s 一无所有, a song that was previously sang by G.E.M Tang as well in Season 2. While G.E.M.’s version was more force-fitting the song into a medley with “We Will Rock You”, Lala managed to seamlessly “modernised” the rock song from the 80s and gave it a refreshing music arrangement.
6. Joey Yung 容祖儿 – Bad Boy
One thing that made I Am A Singer so successful is the show’s ability to show us a different side of the performing singers. For diva Joey Yung, it was her fighting spirit and professionalism. Joey completed her dance track with a sprained ankle without displaying an ounce of discomfort, with the help of painkillers of course. It’s fellow singers that felt her pain when danced through the segment.
7. Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 我不会唱歌
Hacken’s secret weapon this round is prolific musical genius and master pianist Lang Lang. Choosing not to perform any song from his own albums until now, Hacken had wanted to partner Lang Lang for 我不会唱歌 but it was not until episode 11 that he managed to book the busy pianist. Saving the best for last certainly was the right strategy for Hacken as he tops the round and booked a place in the grand finals of I Am A Singer 4.
Here’s the final ranking for I Am A Singer 4 round 11:
Rank 1: Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 我不会唱歌
Rank 2: Coco Lee 李玟 – Bad Romance
Rank 3: Joey Yung 容祖儿 – Bad Boy
Rank 4: Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 像中枪一样
Rank 5: Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 这么远那么近
Rank 6: Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 一无所有
Rank 7: Old Wolf 老狼 – 冬季校园 (Eliminated)
Watch the entire round 11 of I Am A Singer 4 on GrateNews here: