With each passing season of the Voice of China competition, now reabranded as Sing China or 中國新歌聲, we can’t help but feel the singers are getting stronger. But great vocals and techniques aside, what really made each contestants stand out was their personal style.
Cheng Si Jia, Bang Bang
The first performance for the night won the affirmation from all of the 4 judges. Singing Jessie J’s Bang Bang, Cheng Si Jia’s rendition was simply explosive. It vaguely reminded us of Jane Zhang’s (张靓颖) performance during the ‘I am a Singer’ contest where she sang the same song — just better. Si Jia’s rapping, wihch allowed her to show off her good sense of rhythm, was on point.
Even though her voice was slightly strained at times, the whole performance was very enjoyable . After some deliberations, Si Jia picked Jay Chou as her coach.
Hou Zhi Wu, 爱情废柴
From hitting all the right notes, to imparting emotions and possessing good stage presence, Zhi Wu checked all the boxes. But as flawless as his delivery was, we thought it was all too perfect. Perhaps we were looking for that split second where he let us in on a little more of his quirks — we thought that would have taken his performance to the next level. After saying how much he admired Jay Chou, he surprised everyone by picking Na Ying as his coach instead.
Xu Ge Yang, 追夢赤子心
Another explosive performance that won the accolades from all the 4 judges — and we’re only into the third performance of the day. Ge Yang picked the right song to showcase the prowess and uniqueness of her voice, which is on the coarse side. Not only that, Ge Yang has an inspiring quality to her voice and the ability to rouse hearts and souls of her audience. Ge Yang chose to join Wang Feng’s team.
Hailing from Macau, Ari performed sang and played the guitar. Listening to him sing, one wouldn’t have guessed that he couldn’t speak Mandarin perfectly. This was only revealed when he started speaking. His good groove, energetic singing style and superb guitar skills made us want to get up and dance along to his jamming. I think the judges and producers of the show must have really loved him too as he was given extra air time on the show. Based on Ari’s style which resonates with Harlem, we guessed that Ari would pick Harlem as his couch — but he chose Wang Feng instead. We’re getting slightly worried for Harlem at this stage as he hasn’t been picked so far.
Yao Xi, 小苹果
We didn’t know what to expect from Yao Xi, who appeared on stage dressed in a cute outfit of suspenders and green checkered shorts. As it turned out, Yao Xi sang a modified version of小苹果, which had jazzy and rap elements mixed with some Hokkien lyrics — all mashed up into the uptempo beat of the song. While creative, we thought her perofrmance was a little all over the place. First to slide down the ‘throne’ was harlem Yu, followed by Na Ying and Jay Chou. In the end, Yao Xi went with Harlem Yu.
Pu Xiang, 恋曲1980
Another guitar touting singer, Pu Xiang, took the stage. Pu Xiang’s blue style of singing was reminiscent of Luo Da You (羅大佑) – just more edgy. He started the song on a very low note, so low he was barely audible at times before building up to a high. Best of all, Pu Xiang seemed to be completely immersed in his performance, taking over the stage completely – what a natural performer. Pu Xiang chose to join Jay Chou’s team – perhaps tempted by Jay Chou’s promise to write him a song for the competition.
Zhao Xiao Xi, Kiss
Beach boy Zhao Xiao Xi was up next. We were wowed by Xiao Xi ‘s funky style. Singing most of the song in his falsetto voice, Xiao Xi conveyed the emotions of the song extremely well, whilst maintaining a good level of control. His impressive performance got the judges to move to the groove of the song and won the approval of all 4 judges. Xiao Xi picked Harlem Yu as his coach.