Following the elimination of Teresa in episode 4 of Singer 2017 (previously called I Am A Singer), episode 5 sees the addition of 2 new singers, Taiwanese Terry Lin (林志炫) and Hong Kong’s singer-songwriter Justin (侧田). Both heavyweight singers will add a lot of heat to the already packed with belters competition. Terry Lin was previously the runner-up in Season 1 of I Am A Singer. Like Zhang Jie, he is the second singer who had sang in other seasons of the popular TV reality show.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in Singer 2017 episode 5 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Dimash 迪玛希 – Uptown Funk
When you think you know Dimash, he surprises you with a Mandarin song like 秋意浓 on episode 4. This episode, he continues to challenge himself and delight his legion of fans with Bruno Mars’s upbeat number Uptown Funk. It was fun to see him funk it up on stage, prancing, jumping and dancing on stage without overworking his octaves but it also exposes his weaknesses. The song doesn’t sit well with him and he came in 5th, his lowest score so far. But we applaud his willingness to go out of his comfort zone week after week.
2. Zhao Lei 赵雷 – 月亮粑粑
Unable to pick his own songs to perform this episode doesn’t seems to affect Zhao Lei. In his usual nonchalant style, he completed the song 月亮粑粑 in a relax and heartwarming manner. With 2 new belters joining the competition, we suspect that he already knew that his days on the competition are numbered. He came in last in this episode and was eliminated.
3. Zhang Jie 张杰 – 默
Tuning down the volume and drama down a notch this episode, Zhang Jie’s rendition of 默 is full of emotional and subtlety. We love this version of the song that was originally from Na Ying. In this round Zhang Jie more than made up for the bad ‘Better Man’ cover last episode. This is one of his best performances we have heard from the powerful singer.
4. Sandy Lam 林忆莲 – 克卜勒
Ranking well in the competition so far, Sandy Lam picked Stefanie Sun’s 克卜勒 for her Singer 2017 episode 5 performance. Dressed in a sleeveless white dress, her gave an amazing performance in her angelic voice. Seemingly effortless, Sandy was pitch perfect from start to end, pulling us slowly into her song and her story. The experienced singer is definitely more than meets the eye. Competitors that think she looks meek and weak and only sings ballads need to watch out.
5. Lion 狮子合唱团 – It’s My Life
We didn’t have a good feeling even before the start of the performance when we found out that Lion will be performing Jon Bon Jovi’s classic hit ‘It’s My Life’. And we were right. Jam and gang failed to turn up the heat and they ended up sounding like Pinoy live band performing at a night club. Jam’s vocals feels strained and the emotions forced. If they continue like this, they may really end up in a club.
6. Tan Jing 谭晶 – 赛里木的月光
Straight after Lion’s night club performance, Tan Jing brings us to a Jazz bar with her flat top hat and tuxedo. Arranged with musical influences from India, the Middle East and Chinese Folk, Tan Jing’s 赛里木的月光 is a rhapsody in music and a trip around the world in four minutes. For us, it feels like she is trying to show off her capabilities too much and jamming in to many elements into her performance. If you feel different about it, leave us a comment below and tell us why.
7. Terry Lin 林志炫 – 你永远不知道
Terry Lin on the stage of Singer 2017 again feels like the programme is having trouble looking for singers to join the competition. However, we still welcome the singer who is known for his high vocal range and unusual style. In this round, the confident singer risk being eliminated by singing an entirely new song to the audience. He came in 4th this round, cementing his place in the next round. We expect some sparks to fly between Dimash and the runner-up of Season 1 who had performed a song from Vitas (Opera) as well.
8. Justin Lo 侧田 – 命硬
Justin Lo’s 命硬 is a karaoke favourite among Asia countries so many in the audience will be familiar with the singer and his songs. Justin was full of energy (and expressions) during his performance, thoroughly enjoying his time on stage. The singer-songwriter who won many accolades during his career also sealed his place in the competition by coming in jointly at 4th place with Terry Lin.
Here’s the final ranking for Singer 2017 – Episode 5:
Rank 1: Tan Jing 谭晶 – 赛里木的月光
Rank 2: Sandy Lam 林忆莲 – 克卜勒
Rank 3: Zhang Jie 张杰 – 默
Rank 4: Terry Lin 林志炫 – 你永远不知道
Rank 4: Justin Lo 侧田 – 命硬
Rank 6: Dimash 迪玛希 – Uptown Funk
Rank 7: 狮子合唱团 – It’s My Life
Rank 8: Zhao Lei 赵雷 – 月亮粑粑 (Eliminated)