In Round 8 of I Am A Singer 4, “Bass Cannon” Wang Xi fought back from last week’s last position to come in third in this round. But that was not enough to keep him in the competition as his combined scores were still last of the lot and he got booted out of the competition. Three time champion Coco Lee ranked last in this round due to a terrible throat infection. Our favourite “Oppa” Hwang Chi Yeol took the top spot, heating up the round with his tone body and a solo dance segment to the riff of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in round 8 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 丑八怪
Taking on a song written by Li Ronghao, Hacken Lee’s challenge this round is not his singing capabilities but whether he can sound contemporary singing a more recent song. We felt that he made a modern day pop song sound a little dated and he wasn’t able to fully articulate the song in a way that connected with the audience. Nevertheless, his many years as a performer managed to help him exude an aura of confidence and made it a less awkward performance.
2. Coco Lee 李玟 – 我真的受伤了
Coco Lee initially selected Adele’s Someone Like You, but due to her serious sore throat she had to sing her easier backup song 我真的受伤了 instead. She also swopped her original spot (#6) with Jeff Chang to perform earlier in the show. Giving the song a light touch, she gave the song a jazzy spin and went through the song without a hitch. Although you can still hear the unevenness in her tone, it is pretty amazing that she can pull off such a professional performance given her serious condition.
3. Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 咕叽咕叽
Although not as obvious as other singers on the show, Lala Hsu had been looking for breakthroughs in her performances and genre week after week. This week, she takes on Stephanie Sun’s fast number to challenge her dance moves, a side of her not many has seen. Although not exactly a dancer, her moves were natural and there is a certain “Lala” style. Feeling totally comfortable with herself, she even rapped a small segment in her performance.
4. Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – Honey
If you are a KTV-lover, you will know that the Cantonese version of this song was sang by the “God of Songs” Jacky Cheung and how difficult it was to sing the falsetto portion of the song. Hwang Chi Yeol took on the original Korean version of this song and we were blown away. Every part of his performance was immaculate and designed to entertain. Furthermore, his stage presence was simply breathtaking and we feel so connected to his performance from start to end. Not to mention his solo “Michael Jackson” dance segment where he flash his well-toned arms. Oppa, Oppa, Oppa!
5. Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 想着你的感觉
Joey Yung showcased her fantastic vocal control in this 1990 hit ballad. And she was surprising fluent in this Mandarin song even though she sings mainly in Cantonese. Her old friend Hacken Lee was obviously impressed as well, playfully chasing her off the stage saying “Ok, you sang very well, now get off the stage”.
6. Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 亲爱的小孩
Since coming onto the show, Jeff Chang had been fairly successful at garnering votes with his love ballads. In round 8, Jeff stuck to his ballads but invited nearly 20 children to join him onstage as his backup vocals for the song 亲爱的小孩. These children are from a school in Taiwan that Jeff once taught in. Jeff said in an interview that he intend to donate all his appearance fees from I Am A Singer 4 to this school to build more facilities and hopes to raise awareness for children from these poverty areas as well.
7. Wang Xi 王晰 – 亲密爱人
Wang Xi’s rendition of 亲密爱人 is so manly that it will probably melt any woman’s heart. His performance in this round is like listening to a soundtrack in a movie, very visual and sensual. Although he did well this round, he was still eliminated based on the cumulative scores from both round 7 and 8.
Here’s the final ranking for I Am A Singer 4 round 8:
Rank 1: Hwang Chi Yeol 黄致列 – Honey
Rank 2: Jeff Chang 张信哲 – 亲爱的小孩
Rank 3: Wang Xi 王晰 – 亲密爱人 (Eliminated based on combined scores from episode 7 and 8)
Rank 4: Lala Hsu 徐佳莹 – 咕叽咕叽
Rank 5: Joey Yung 容祖儿 – 想着你的感觉
Rank 6: Hacken Lee 李克勤 – 丑八怪
Rank 7: Coco Lee 李玟 – 我真的受伤了