Surprise, surprise! Producers of I Am A Singer 4 managed to invite Cantopop powerhouse Joey Yung to participate in the show. The addition of Joey added much pressure to the rest of the singers, pushing them to outdo their previous performances. Coco Lee once again tops the competition in this round with her rendition of rock song “What’s Up” from 4 Non Blondes.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in round 7 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 微光
This is one of the songs Jeff wanted to perform earlier in the show. But due to his poor health, he pushed back taking on this song till now. We were glad he sang it eventually. It was a mesmerising ballad with an equally captivating vocal resonance, giving us a performance that is surprising and enjoyable. Surprising because we never knew Jeff’s low notes were so attractive and enjoyable because the delivery was so smooth and full of emotion.
2. Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 一个人的天荒地老
The power of K-wave is strong with Hwang Chi Yeol. After belting out “Korean-style” ballads week after week, not only were we not tired of it, we want more of it. This round he picked Phil Chang’s 一个人的天荒地老 and blended in 阿里郎 (Arirang), a Korean folk song, into the arrangement. Once again, Hwang delivered an emotional performance, earning him the appreciation of the audience and the other singers.
3. Coco Lee 李玟 – What’s Up
A lot of us grew up listening to this hit by 4 Non Blondes. In fact, this song from 1992 is still played frequently over the radio. The biggest change she made to the rock song was the arrangement, making it more “Coco Lee” and “happier”. Nothing wrong with that and it was a pretty good attempt from her covering the song too. But we still like the song in rock and full of spunk.
4. Wang Xi 王晰 – 重来
After his inaugural performance singing Besame Mucho, we were looking forward to him taking on other songs and were wondering if all Wang Xi had was an attractive bassy voice. This round kind of confirmed our suspicion. His tone was inconsistent and his attempts to use a raspy tone was awlful. It was a disappointing performance with little emotions. We were unsure what he was trying to express in this round. For his sake, we hope this is the only song he sound this bad.
5. Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 风继续吹
Not many people had the chance to meet the late Leslie Cheung, let alone sing in a KTV. A friend, a mentor and idol, Hacken wanted to use this song as a tribute to him. He kept the song as it is, singing it in a straightforward manner. There is a hint of Leslie Cheung in the way Hacken sang and pronounce certain words but it was less artful and more technical than the later singer.
6. Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 不痛
Fantastic vocal control and great arrangement, this is a breakthrough performance by Lala Hsu and we simply loved it. Without skipping a beat, Lala’s CD-worthy performance was tight from start to end.
7. Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 月半小夜曲
Just off a concert in Las Vegas with Hacken Lee, Joey gamely took on the challenge to join his old friend on the stage of I Am A Singer 4. Singing Hacken Lee’s 月半小夜曲, she seemed totally at ease during her segment. “I was shaking on stage, it was like when I first stepped onto a stage when I was 15 years old”, said Joey after the competition. Her performance was as expected of a diva, steady, polished and professional.
Here’s the final ranking for I Am A Singer 4 round 7:
Rank 1: Coco Lee 李玟 – What’s Up
Rank 2: Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 不痛
Rank 3: Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 月半小夜曲
Rank 4: Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – 一个人的天荒地老
Rank 5: Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 风继续吹
Rank 6: Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 微光
Rank 7: Wang Xi 王晰 – 重来